Biopics based on real-life stories of eminent personalities have usually been well-received by the fans and have done well at the box-office too. For that reason, filmmakers instead of focusing on cliched romantic movies that return Rs 100 crore at box office are now trying to make movies that touch the audience’s hearts. This shift from masala movies in the Indian Cinema is keeping Bollywood actors and filmmakers on the lookout for biopics to prove their mettle.
Last we all saw, Padman, based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a man who wore a sanitary pad just to break the taboo. And if you thought that Bollywood was done with biopics with the end of 2017, you are wrong, as the year 2018 is jam-packed with biopics.
We give you a rundown of biopics to look forward in the coming months of 2018
Rajkumar Hirani directs Ranbir Kapoor in the biographical film based on actor Sanjay Dutt’s intense life. Co-starring Manisha Koirala and Dia Mirza, the film is reportedly scheduled to release on June 29, 2018. As soon as the pictures of Ranbir Kapoor bearing an uncanny resemblance to Sanjay, surfaced online, fans have been going crazy waiting to watch the film. Ranbir Kapoor is reportedly going all out with this one, putting on weight and even copying the famous walk of Sanjay to get into the skin of the character.
Kangana Ranaut will be seen playing Jhansi ki Rani, Rani Laxmibai, in the upcoming film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’. Rani Laxmibai was the first woman leader of the first Indian war of Independence in 1857. The film story has been written by K.V. Vijayendra Prasad who has films like ‘Baahubali’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ to his credit. The movie will release on April 27, 2018.
‘Super 30’ stars actor Hrithik Roshan as mathematician Anand Kumar, the founder of the initiative Super 30, who selects 30 talented candidates each year from economically backward sections of society and trains them for the IIT-JEE entrance exam. The film will focus on Anand’s life and what struggles he faced to start the ‘Super 30’ coaching programme. The film stars Pankaj Tripathi as the antagonist.
Another Indian sports biopic based on the hockey legend Sandeep Singh. Diljit Dosanjh and Tapsee Pannu will play the lead roles in the film. The story revolves around Sandeep Singh’s life when he was accidentally gunshot in a train in 2006. The movie will release on June 9, 2018.
Khiladi Kumar is on a roll. From a patriotic to a ‘Padman’, Akki is donning various hats for his films. And now, he will essay the role of hockey player Balbir Singh, who was a part of the hockey team that won India’s first gold medal as an independent nation at the Olympic Games. Titled ‘Gold’, the film will see Akshay in a yet another new avatar. And this has definitely left his fans excited.
Based on the life of ‘T-Series’ founder Gulshan Kumar, who changed the face of Indian music industry beginning in 1980s, this film will see Akshay Kumar playing the lead role. It will trace Gulshan’s rags-to-riches story till the time he was shot dead outside a temple in Mumbai in 1997. It will be directed by Subhash Kapoor who also directed Akshay starrer ‘Jolly LLB 2’ and release in 2018.
Directed by Amol Gupte, the movie will star Shraddha Kapoor as Padma Bhushan awardee badminton player Saina Nehwal, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Slated for a 2018 release, Shraddha has said that it is going to be her “most difficult film” till date.
Harshvardhan Kapoor, son of Anil Kapoor who debuted with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Mirzya’ has signed his third movie. In the movie, Harshwardhan will play Olympic Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra. Bindra is the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships.
‘Jhalki,Ek Aur Bachpan’
Actor Boman Irani will play the role of Kailash Satyarthi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. The film is about a little girl looking for her brother who goes missing, while working as a child labourer. The film will be directed by filmmaker Brahmanand S Siingh.’
‘The Accidental Prime Minister’
Veteran actor Anupam Kher is set to play the role of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film, slated to release next year. The first look of the film was released on Twitter on June 7, 2017, by the actor himself, and undoubtedly, he completely looks the part. Based on Sanjaya Baru’s book by the same name, the film’s screenplay is written by National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta.
Nandita Das’ upcoming biopic Manto that stars the incredibly talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role is expected to release sometime in the middle of next year. The film chronicles the life of late, Indo-Pak Urdu literature giant Saadat Hasan Manto whose work is still memorable.
Actress Richa Chadha has been roped in to play the lead role in a biopic on Shakeela, a 1990s’ actress from Kerala who acted in several adult films in languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. The film will go on floors next month and will chronicle the life of Shakeela and will be releasing in the end of 2018.
The year 2018 has been an eventful one so far on the Bollywood front and will continue to entertain us with interesting biopics.