5 Outrageous Bollywood Movies Based On Real Life Characters & Incidents

Bollywood has been known to follow a formula – a recipe which churns out sureshot blockbusters. The reason behind this herd-mentality can be the risk which is usually involved with producing and distributing movies in India. There are only 52 Fridays in a year, but 2015 alone saw 204 Bollywood movies being released, which includes dubbed versions.

It’s indeed safe to follow a formula, and then hope for the best. When crores of rupees are being gambled on the star power of Shahrukh Khan or say Salman Khan, then the producer would wish a solid return on investment.

However, there is another breed of film-makers, who refuse to follow a set pattern, and dare to envision a story which goes beyond a ‘recipe’. They aim to translate a real life incident or a character into silver-screen, and thereby take a massive risk for failure. Risk because you never know whether a particular story or a character would hit the chords with the audience or not.

But fortunately for Bollywood movie lovers, there exist few producers and directors who, despite the risks involved, go for such awe-inspiring stories and help restore our faith in cinema.

Here are 5 outrageous Bollywood movies, which decided to unfollow the league, refuse the charm of the ‘formula’, and set its stamp with real life stories:

No One Killed Jessica (2011): Based on the controversial Jessica Lal murder case, director Raj Kumar Gupta in association with producers UTV Spotboy decided to take their chance, and create a movie which asked some hard questions about crime and state of women in India. Vidya Balan played the character of Sabrina Lal, who was the elder sister of Jessica Lal, and who torched the flames of protest against the culprits. Multiplex audience loved this movie, as it managed to churn out box office collection of around Rs 12-14 crore, against its production budget of Rs 18 crore. However, the movie was a failure when it came to single-screen halls and Tier2/3 cities.

Bawandar (2000): Directed by Jag Mundhra, Bawandar portrays the life and times of Bhanwari Devi, a gang-rape victim from Rajasthan. Her character was played exceptionally well by actress Nandita Das, although the main names of characters and places were changed for legal reasons. The movie won several critically acclaimed awards such as Best Actress award for Nandita Das at Santa Monica Film Festival and Audience Choice Award at Bermuda International Film Festival.

Bandit Queen (1994): Phoolan Devi, the dreaded dacoit from Chambal inspired directed Shekhar Gupta to make a movie on her life, and thus, Bandit Queen was born, which redefined the art of cinema in several ways. Seema Biswas played the unforgettable character of Phoolan Devi. This movie not only won National Film Award, but was also screened at Cannes Film Festival in 1994. In fact, Bandit Queen was also nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at 67th Academy Awards, but couldn’t win it.

Talvar (2015): Directed by Meghna Gulzar and written by Vishal Bharadwaj, Talvar was a hard-hitting movie, portraying the Aarushi murder case, which is still unsolved. Starring Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sengupta and Neeraj Kabi, the movie had hard, mysterious shades which asked us some tough questions regarding the double murder case which grabbed headlines since 2008. The writer of this movie attempts to showcase the actual incidents in a different light; an angle which was somehow missed by the investigative agencies.

MS Dhoni – An Untold Story (2016): Director Neeraj Pandey made a biopic on current Indian cricket team’s captain MS Dhoni, and he did it magnificently. The character of MS Dhoni was played by Sushant Rajput, and he did a commendable job here. The struggles, aspirations and obstacles of a typical Bihari boy has been portrayed in a nearly flawless manner, although the controversies have been avoided.

Goa Will Never Be The Same With ibis Styles Resort – Spice Up Your Travel, With Style!

ibis Hotels has launched their first ibis Styles Resort in Goa, and going by the looks and feel of it, it promises to provide an extravagant yet economical, mesmerizing and grandeur experience for tourists.

Paris based Accor Hotel, which owns ibis Hotel, has a commanding experience of 49 years in providing hospitality across 94 countries via 3700 hotels and promises an unforgettable Goan trip via its flagship ibis Styles resorts.

ibis Styles Resort in Goa - Review
ibis Styles Resort in Goa – Review

What Makes ibis Styles Resort Irresistible?

First of all, it’s the location: When you find a comfortable, economical and truly world class resort near Calangute beach, just 4 minutes away and 9 minutes from Baga beach, then it’s pure bliss.

When Tivai beach is just 750 steps from your Goan address, then it’s the ultimate convenience to have the best of both the worlds.

The actual accommodation for the traveler itself has been planned meticulously: The rooms will provide spacious 23 square meters of your own world, whereas an additional 3 square meters of balcony will assist you to have a magnificent view of the surroundings.

ibis Styles Resort in Goa - Review
View of rooms inside ibis Styles Resort in Goa

One pointer which is irresistible for the net-savvy traveler: whooping 5 Mbps Internet speed in every room, which supports 3 devices. So, you can easily upload your amazing vacation pictures, instantly, and share the joy with your friends and family.

And maybe make them envy as well!

Experience Authentic Goan Cuisines @ Spice It Restaurants

If you wish to taste authentic Goan food and culinary  delights, then you have to be present at Ibis Styles resort. Spice It Restaurant inside the resort will deal with your craving of local cuisine.

At Spice It restaurant, you can find some hard to find local cuisines such as: Caldo Verde, Mushroom Xacuti, Spicy Pork Chourico, Kingfish recheado, Chicken Cafreal, Chicken Xacuti, Prawn Balchao and Fish Ambotik.

Review of ibis Styles Resort in Goa
Spice It Restaurant @ ibis Styles Resort in Goa

If you are too tired to venture out, then you can order the food right inside your room, with special menu for late night food adventures. Then ibis Styles Goa bar will help you unwind and relax, and enjoy a calm evening of high spirits.

Eco-friendly Accommodation: Protect The Environment While You Can

ibis Styles Goa Calangute Resort is probably the first among major resorts to introduce eco-friendly rooms, known as ‘Planet 21’ rooms, which have been exclusively designed to sustain our environment with some smart planning.

By not changing the linens and towels, the laundry saving are used to fund plantation of trees, thereby helping the local Goan ecosystem and supporting the green cause.

So, if you are planning to visit Goa during International Film Festival of India (IFFI) between 20th and 30th November; or St. Francis Xavier’s Feast on December 3rd or Christmas and New Year celebrations, then you know where you need to stay in order to fully maximize your trip.

At ibis Styles Goa Resort, you can have an ultimate Goan experience – spiced up, and enthralling.

What Is Art?

Art is being brave.

Art is jumping into that void, without making the calculations on the equations of being the winner. Art is beyond competition; art is the very act of participating.

Art is creating something which never have been created, ever. Art is breaking the shackles, overstepping the barriers, daring the impossible.

Earthenware sculptures at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow
Art exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow

Art is being vulnerable, being prone to failure.

Heck, art is failure. But still saying fuck you to the person who judges him, her. Because art is pure.

Art is being the Buddha. Killing him and then recreating him, remaking him.

Art is still being Buddha.

Art is thinking, art is being alive. Art means you are a human, not a bot. Art is the synonym of breath.. the life.

Earthenware sculptures at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow
Art exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow

Art is always living. Art is not being afraid of death, either.

Art can be ruthless, art can be as soft as a motherly love.

Art needs compromise. And belief. And a strong opinion.

By default, art is failure. By standard definition, art is accepting defeat, yet keep on doing it, without expectations and without any loss of enthusiasm.

Art is being generous, art is giving not taking; Art is being poor – the wealthy can never create art because art needs the hunger.

Hunger breeds art.

Art needs sacrifice, art demands attention, blood and sweat.

Commerce has always an issue with art..

But art needs commerce.. art needs to survive the odds, despite banking on commerce.. yet, it always tries to save itself from its absolute grip.

Art is neither a mistress of commerce nor its wife. But still, it has to spend the night with him, and yet protect its sovereignty and pureness.

Art vs commerce is inevitable..

But the artist who has conquered this battle is realist.. maybe an entrepreneur. A creative, artistic entrepreneur.

Fortunately, art can survive the onslaught of commerce. It has to.. Art needs to survive.. to live. Art needs to create the legend, it needs to be created, because otherwise, the world will become a heartless, rough, crude place..

What is art..?

PS: The inspiration and fuel for this blog arrived without warning, while attending an exhibition of hand-made sculptures, from earthenwares. The location was Lalit Kala Academy in Lucknow.

PPS: The artist who created these stunning sculptures was in-turn inspired from folk art, and is open to commercial partnerships for her creations. Contact me at hello@mohulghosh.com to know more.

Fan Review: The Biggest Problem With Fan Is Shahrukh Himself; Its Illogical, Frivolous, Fake

The biggest problem with Fan is Shahrukh Khan, himself. He is the hero, he is the villian.. he is the conflict, he is the solution; he is the poor, he is the rich.. He tried to make us feel proud of his legacy, and then he makes you hate his own legacy..

During one moment, he makes you believe that he is the God; Continue reading “Fan Review: The Biggest Problem With Fan Is Shahrukh Himself; Its Illogical, Frivolous, Fake”

R.Balki’s Experiment On Love & Relationship; Feminism & Gender Equality Can Induce That ‘Change’

I wanted to give it 4; but my wife demanded little more. We argued, we debated, and then we finally settled for 4.25/5.

And I guess that’s the only essense of this brilliant take on love, relationship from R.Balki, Continue reading “R.Balki’s Experiment On Love & Relationship; Feminism & Gender Equality Can Induce That ‘Change’”

Legal Education in India – Challenges & Solutions For Social Justice

Right now, around 2 lakh new advocates and lawyers are passing out from Indian law colleges, and joining around a million existing lawyers who have already passed out in the past.

But how many of them are actually practicing law and earning their livelihood? Or rather, how many of them are actually practicing law in the most ethical way and contributing to the progress and development of the country? The actual numbers may actually scare the hell out of you! Continue reading “Legal Education in India – Challenges & Solutions For Social Justice”

‎Weather And Emotions – Delhi In March

The ambiance and the vibes in Delhi is right now very, very close to what folks at Pune or say Bangalore enjoy all year around.. Gentle, subtle showers of refreshing rain at infrequent intervals, dark clouds which overshadow your plans at every moment, fresh, energetic winds which inspire you to take on the world heads-on..

Delhi rains march

If you love driving a two-wheeler, then you can feel the pure joy which you get while driving in this weather, especially at 2 AM.. dark, muddy roads, washed with fresh rains and that mysterious aroma of wet mud, mixed with smells of strange flowers hitting you at full force..

The weather right now at Delhi can be described as the best which Delhi can get, before wicked, unforgiving sun starts tormenting you and humid, still air suffocates you..

Walk, run, smile, hug your partner, hold her hands, hug, feel the joy all the while you can.. because this weather in Delhi is something which is not common, and very hard to get..

Consumer Forum to HDFC Bank: You don’t have any love for India #ConsumerRightWins

In 2008, a couple from Chandigarh decided to travel Thailand and Singapore. They had a HDFC Bank account, with Rs 1.5 lakh deposited, but their card was blocked by the bank. When they called the manager, he replied that due to misspelling in their names, the card cannot be used. The couple pleaded that they are in a foreign location, and they need money to come back.

But the HDFC Bank manager stuck to the rules.

HDFC Bank loses consumer court case

In a landmark judgement, consumer forum has slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the bank, and have ripped apart the ‘banking policies’ by saying that HDFC Bank has no love or respect for India. In fact, the consumer forum has said that the bank should penalize that manager who refused to help an Indian couple stuck in a foreign location, and ordered the bank to deduct the fine from his salary!

Yes, rules work, only if there is someone who believes in them. Kudos to the consumer forum for this crucial judgement. And, it seems that more than the banking rules, the bank should ensure that their managers know about common sense and humanity first…

I wrote a story on Trak.in, which you can read right here.

Image source: IBTimes.co.in

The Program Review – The movie crushes the love I had for Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong had been a major influencer in my life ever since I left college, in pursuit of my dreams. His book ‘Every Second Counts’ actually helped me navigate several dark sessions of my life, where no solution was possible. After reading that book, and his quotes, my heart said that if a cancer survivor can win the toughest sporting competition 7 consecutive times, then heck, nothing is impossible in this world.

The Program movie review

But the movie destroys all these goodie-goodie thoughts and inspirations, and lay bare the cheating and deception which Lance did for winning the race. The movie depicts how Lance intentionally, and deliberately took performance enhancing drugs, encouraged his team members to do the same, and manipulated, twisted World Cycling Federation to approve his cheating.

The best part about the movie (and the actual incident) was a passionate sports writer, who investigates Lance’s case, and collects proof which eventually nails him. At a time when Lance was declared a super hero, celebrated all over the world, he questions the drug thing, and this writer’s colleagues ask him why he is doing it? And he replied, “Because I love this sport, and I don’t want chemists fighting each other to win it..”

Lance Armstrong was stripped of all Tour De France victories in 2012.

Moral of the story: Winning by cheating is a sin.. And, always, always be selective in choosing your heroes.


Deadpool Has Redefined The Superhero; It May Shock You (Review)

It’s not your regular superhero movie..

Its a revolution, an ode to all superhero movies, a unique, strange saga of lustful love, without any boundaries; a dirty shithole of kickass violence, blood, gore, profanity.. its everything your mom warned you about; but still, it will trap you with its funny anecdotes, humorous take on life even as the superhero is being drilled with iron rods and bullets.

The only thing which will piss you is the censor which our ‘moral gate-keepers’ have unnecessarily imposed on us. Everytime a ‘fuck’ or ‘asshole’ was beeped, the audience in the hall emitted a collective sigh, cursing those inhuman censor board members who decided to kill creativity and some fun. (mail to rajani@nfdcindia.com right away, and tell Shyam Benegal how such censor ship is destroying cinema. His censor board revamp committee can make a change! Visit SaveOurCinema.in for more details)

Deadpool review
Deadpool (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Overall, whatever be you age.. if you have ever loved, adored a superhero (except Wolverine!), then this Valentines, watch Deadpool. It is a roller-coaster ride, which can unsettle you, decode you.. make you fall in love somewhere.

4/5 (Warning: Its an Adult movie.. R rated in USA)

Update 1: Deadpool collected $12.7 million on day #1, which swelled to $150 million by the time this extended weekend ended. It has been declared as the highest grossing R-rated movie ever!)

Checkout what folks at IMDB are saying. It must be fantastic, considering that it has received 8.7 rating as of now! (February 15, 2016)

Here is what Rotten Tomatoes have thought about this masterpiece. I mean, 84% score is really something!