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Historical Films of Bollywood
1. Kesari (2019)
Kesari is an upcoming Indian war film starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles and directed by Anurag Singh. It tells the story of Havildar Ishar Singh who participates in the Battle of Saragarhi.
The Battle of Saragarhi occurred on 12 September 1897 during the Tirah Campaign and was fought between 10,000 Orakzai and Afghan tribesmen and just 21 soldiers of the 4th Battalion of the British India’s Sikh Regiment! All 21 Sikhs chose to defend their army post, instead of choosing to surrender. The UK parliament gave all the brave Sikh soldiers a standing ovation and posthumously awarded them the Indian Order of Merit after.
2.Udham Singh(Yet to start)
Uri stat Vicky Kaushal has been roped in to play the lead in a biopic on Udham Singh.
It is the story of a daring martyr who assassinated Michael O’ Dwyer, the former lieutenant governor of Punjab in pre-Independence India (not General Reginald Dyer who gave the shooting order in the ground i.e Dwyer is the superior officer involved here.So, Udham leaved subordinate and on the spot General Dyer), to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919. Singh was subsequently tried and convicted of murder and hanged in July 1940.
Gandhi is an acclaimed Hollywood film based on the life of great Indian leader “Father of our nation” “Mahatma” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The film is directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Ben Kingsley in the title role. The film won eight Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Picture.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India, is an unsung hero of India’s freedom struggle. His legacy is often overshadowed by the greatness of Mahatma Gandhi and the charisma of Jawaharlal Nehru. When Ketan Mehta directed the 1993 film Sardar featuring Paresh Rawal in the titular character, the world came to know a lot about this great legendary freedom fighter and his efforts to build an independent India.
5.Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
Mangal Pandey is a Bollywood biopic, based on the life of an Indian soldier Mangal Pandey in 1857 revolt. The film is directed by Ketan Mehta, starring Aamir Khan.
6.The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
The Legend of Bhagat Singh is an Indian historical Biopic film on Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter. The film was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and stars Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Raj Babbar, and Farida Jalal.
7.Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Jodhaa Akbar is an Indian epic drama directed by Ashutosh Govariker. The star cast of the film includes Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, and Ila Arun. The story of the film is based on the epic romance between the Mughal emperor Akbar and the Hindu Rajput princess Jodhabai.
8.Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2004)
Shyam Benegal’s 2004 war film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero, which is, of course, a biographical film about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The film features Sachin Khedekar in the titular character and depicts the life of Netaji in Nazi Germany (1941-1943) as well as Japanese-occupied Asia (1943-1945) which eventually lead to the formation of Azad Hind Fauj.
Chittagong is a Bollywood historical drama Film directed by Bedabrata Pain, starring Manoj Bajpai in the lead role coupled with Vega Tamotia, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Alexx ONell. The story of the film is based upon events of British India’s Chittagong uprising.
Asoka is the epic tale of King Asoka’s life. Ashoka the Great, was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from c. 268 to 232 BCE. The grandson of the founder of the Maurya Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya. The film is directed by Santosh Siwan, starring Shahrukh Khan, Kareena kapoor, Ajith Kumar, Danny Denzongpa, Rahul Dev, and Hrishita Bhatt.
Hawaizaada is a Historical Biopic film directed by Vibhu Puri. The star cast of the film includes Mithun Chakraborty, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Pallavi Sharda. The story of the film is based on the life of scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who is said to have created India’s first unmanned plane.
12.Jhansi ki Rani (1956)
Jhansi Ki Rani is an Indian historical biopic directed by Sohrab Modi, starring Sohrab Modi, Mehtab, and Mubarak in lead roles. The story of the film is based on the wife of an aging king Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bhai, who leads her people against the British in 1857 revolt.
13.Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi(2019)
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is a 2019 Indian epic biographical period drama film based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi. It was directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, popularly known as Krish and lead role by actress Kangana Ranaut.
The movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is an Indian epic historical romance movie. The movie which was directed by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali and has been produced by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The movie features Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Tanvi Azmi in the lead. However, the movie has been narrated by the story of the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao which is between the 1700 – 1740 AD and his second wife Mastani.
Padmaavat is a 2018 Indian epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Loosely based on the epic poem Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, it stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, a Rajput queen known for her beauty, wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh, played by Shahid Kapoor. Sultan Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh, hears of her beauty and attacks her kingdom to claim her.
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