Bollywood’s obsession with biopics has grown manifold in recent times. Be it Dangal, MS Dhoni: Untold Story, Mary Kom, Neerja, Azhar or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, our filmmakers have succeeded in portraying the lives of personalities on the silver screen. This year, Sachin: A Billion Dreams on the life of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was appreciated by the critics and fans alike.
We are already in the second half of 2017 and more biographical films are set to hit the theatres. We give you a sneak peek into 10 such films that should be on your watch list.
Haseena Parkar: Originally titled Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai, the film traces the life of Haseena Parkar, sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. While her brother was cooling his heels off in Dubai and later in Pakistan, Haseena handled much of his operations in Mumbai that included extortion, land grabbing and other businesses. Her husband Ismail Parkar was murdered by Arun Gawli’s hitmen. Haseena died in 2014. The film has been directed by Apoorva Lakhia and Shraddha put on weight for her role. She will be essaying phases of the late gangster’s life right from the age of 17 to 40. Check out the film’s trailer here. It releases on August 18.
Daddy: In his heydays, Arun Gawli called the shots in the Mumbai underworld, sending fears within D-Company’s ranks. Currently, in jail, the gangster politician’s story will be told on the silver screen in upcoming film Daddy. Arjun Rampal plays the role of the don who was a key member of the notorious Byculla gang. The Ashim Ahluwalia directorial is slated to release on September 8.
Padman: Directed by R Balki, the biopic has Akshay Kumar essay the role of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an entrepreneur from Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu who invented low-cost sanitary pads vending machine to provide affordable pads to women of his village. Produced by Twinkle Khanna, the film has Akshay share the screen space with Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. Amitabh Bachchan is also reportedly doing a cameo in the film. It is slated to hit the theatres next year.
Gold: Akshay Kumar will essay the role of former hockey player Balbir Singh in Reema Kagti’s upcoming film Gold. Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the film chronicles the life journey of Singh who was instrumental in the Indian hockey team’s gold medal-winning campaign at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympics.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 1, 2017
Moghul: If you thought Akshay Kumar would be acting in only two biopics, think again. The Khiladi Kumar will collaborate with Subhash Kapoor in Moghul, the film based on cassette king Gulshan Kumar. The film is being produced by T-Series, the label established by the late music baron. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres next year.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 15, 2017
The Accidental Prime Minister: Anupam Kher will portray the role of former prime minister Manmohan Singh in his 2018 release The Accidental Prime Minister, based on the memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru. The author served as the former PM’s media advisor in his first stint between 2004 and 2008. The film is directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte and produced by Sanjay Bohra.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 7, 2017
Rakesh Sharma Biopic: After winning hearts with his role of wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat in Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal, Aamir Khan will play the role of Rakesh Sharma, India’s first man in space. The film will be produced by Sidharth Roy Kapur under his newly formed Roy Kapur Films. It is rumoured that Fatima Sana Shaikh will play his wife in the film.
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