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.

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’”

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.

4/5

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!

The Best Bollywood Sports Movies Ever!

Ah the mixture of Bollywood and sports! Could there be anything better? The masala of a Bollywood film and the thrill of the chosen sport come together to make a movie that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. Be it a small town boy rising to stardom by winning match after match or the girl who became a sports star even after endless family obligations, Bollywood sports movies always hit the spot.

We’ve compiled a list of such must watch films that you cannot miss!

Lagaan (2001)

Lagaan - The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

Beating the British at their own game is what this Oscar nominated movie is all about. A group of men from a small village oppressed by the British officers challenge them to a cricket match. When they finally win, you have tears in your eyes and pride in your heart. The film features Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh playing the village lovebirds. With cricket as the main and love as the sub plot, this movie checks all the boxes. Who would want to miss an India vs. England match anyway?

Chak De India (2007)

Chak De India- The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

This tale of an underestimated women’s hockey team fighting it out to win the world cup will melt your heart and appreciate every woman in your life. Add the angle of a misunderstood former player, portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan, coaching the team and you have the perfect amalgamation of emotions, tension and inspiration. We can bet you will have tears in your eyes when they finally beat Australia and win the gold. Can anyone have dry eyes when SRK cries?

If you love SRK as much as we do, do not miss his upcoming movie Raees and remember to book tickets in advance via Bookmyshow offers in order to avoid last minute rush.

Kai Po Che (2013)

Kai Po Che - The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

Inspired by the book “3 Mistakes of my Life” by ChetanBhagat, this movie is an amalgamation of friendship, politics and cricket. The ups and downs in the lives of the three friends played by Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav and AmitSadh have given us major friendship goals. All the subplots revolve around cricket and the heart wrenching end makes this film a must watch. The music, by AmitTrivedi, still has us singing along.

BhaagMilkhaBhaag (2013)

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

This movie, although a lengthy one, is totally worth it. It is an inspirational biopic based on India’s Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, brilliantly played by Farhan Akhtar. The movie recounts the gruelling life of Milkha Singh right from his childhood up to the legendary race that changed everything. The movie will move you and maybe even inspire you to start working on your fitness. Watch this one to see how hard work always pays. However, if you prefer to go for a movie outing, why not just book movie tickets online and get the best deals?

Iqbal (2005)

Iqbal - The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

Touching upon every child’s dream to grow up to become a cricketer, Iqbal is a story of a young deaf and mute boy who does just that. Training under an alcoholic ex-cricketer, this young boy finally achieves his dream. The lead role is dazzlingly played by ShreyasTalpade who ended up getting a lot of critical acclaim for the performance. The movie is an inspiring and a moving one and it is cricket all the way!

Time for a binge movie watching session, perhaps?

ABCD 2: A Dance-Musical Extravaganza Which Has Very Few Parallels In Bollywood

Remo D’Souza delivers yet another installment of a musical-dance extravaganza, which can give a good fight to the Step Up series now. Carrying forward from the original ABCD, this dancing franchisee is taking some serious form now; as Disney has already backed the project, and mainstream actors such as Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor are now part of the team.

If we leave aside the script and the story, then what we get is a series of high performance dance performance, sprinkled with patriotic zeal and ofcourse, Ganpati bappa mourya.

ABCD 2 review
Image Source: Wikipedia (ABCD 2 review)

Remo, along with Prabhu Deva and a team of outstanding dancers such as Dharmesh Yelande as Dharmesh; Lauren Gottlieb as Olive; Raghav Juyal as Raghu; Pravin Bhosale as Chotu; Sushant Pujari as Vernon; Punit Pathak as Vinod; Karthik as Raju and others deliver a solid punch of creativity and dance, which has very few parallels in Bollywood.

On a hindsight, someone who is not that great dance enthusiast, can find some of the dance sequences tad too long, and a bit too many. But in case you love dance, then you will lap up every twist, and turn of the movie. God, when you see an auditorium in a city like Lucknow, filled with dance enthusiasts clapping and shouting on some out of the world dance moves, then you got to believe that ABCD series has found its niche audience.

Varun has tried his best to learn and deliver dance sequences like a pro, but he has still a long way to go before he can be compared with legends such as Hritik and Shahid. Was a bit disappointed with Shraddha, as her dance moves couldn’t generate that intensity which was visible with other dancers on screen, including Varun. But again, she can’t be blamed as the director chose to give her bit less space, as the feeble romantic story between her and Varun was half-heartedly accomplished.

Prabhu Deva as Vishnu sir, the Guru of the troupe, is the central pillar of the movie, and he has acted, danced and performed exceptionally well. I can see that IMDB has given ABCD 2 a rating of 6.5 as of now (June 20, 3.00 PM).. I cant be that harsh with this musical-dance spectacle. 8 would be my justification of this movie.

Disclaimer: Even if you don’t love dance, do watch this one as who knows.. Any Body Can Dance!

Hamari Adhuri Kahani: A Boring Romantic Story Which Drags On Without Logic Or Emotions

Hamari Adhuri Kahani, directed by Mohit Suri, the magician of love, and written by Mahesh Bhatt, the creator of emotions, miserably fails to ignite that intensity.

What I felt after asking some viewers at the theater: characterization part is completely missing. There is no bond, no attachment, no feeling for any of the characters by the audience.

However, having said that, the weakest link in this romantic ultra-melodrama is logic. There are huge, massive loopholes in the script, and often I was amazed how they can justify that. The timeline of the movie, the gadgets used and the over usage of tears; everything is done without any research into reality.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani review
Source: Wiki (Hamari Adhuri Kahani poster)

The plot is pretty simple: Married Vidya Balan falls for Imran Hashmi, the billionaire. However, Rajkummar Rao, her husband does not want to let go of her.

With a a triangle love story, there can be immense possibilities; if you add the Naxalite angle or of you include Dubai as a location or the office romance thing. But, the director decided to get stuck with the age old formulaes; infact, those mangalsutra sequences and all tears for the ‘pati’ and ‘suhag’ stuff made me cringe in disbelief.

I was confused: why they have to go back to history, the previous blockbusters to ensure success in 2015? Why are they so afraid to try out something new, something unconventionally romantic. The love, and the purpose of love both have changed.

Fortunately, this was the first movie where Emran doesn’t kiss; and unfortunately, this was the worst movie of Vidya I ever saw. She performed amazingly well, and carried out the cliché` dialogues in the most honest manner, but even her sparkling blue big eyes failed to save this movie.

I had that sinking, depressing feeling all through the movie; as if love is only a mirror back of pain and hurt and stuff. It neither arouses empathy nor any false hope; it simply narrates an unfortunate story, in the most uncreative manner.

1.5/5

Avoid it.

 

 

Zoya Akhtar’s Liberation of Life Manifesto Is Here; Break The Shackles With Dil Dhadakne Do!

Zoya Akhtar wants to change this World; she wants to make a dent in the Universe, and her way of doing so is changing the world view. If Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was the bromance and bon homie between close friends, then Dil Dhadakne Do is the guide using which you can liberate one’s life and break the shackles which are limiting you.

Yes, everyone is saying correct: the movie could have been shorter, with some strong editing. But the canvas of this story was so huge, that 2 hours wouldn’t have done justice to the whole melo-drama. Such was the intense characterization that the audience finds itself clapping when a stubborn father decided to protect his only daughter from a failed marriage; or when a son speaks up against his mother, and makes her realize her life’s greatest mistake.

Dil Dhadakne Do review
Dil Dhadakne Do review

DDD is a direct assault on hypocrisy, fake emotions and dogmatic life (living on someone else’s expectation); which our Indian society shamelessly tries to impose.

Screenplay was absolutely flawless, script loose at some points but the impeccable acting by everyone makes it a treat to watch.

Ranveer Singh was the show stopper of this movie, with his spontaneous acting and brilliant emotions. Anil Kapoor was the base on which the movie is based, and Priyanka Chopra is the dark horse. She scores above Anushka, only because her role was stronger, and she grabbed more screen time. Along with Anushka, Shefali and Rahul Bose strongly support this melo-drama.

Farhan Akhtar’s role was strangely reduced, when he could have been another major pillar. Maybe Zoya didn’t want to show partiality! Javed Akhtar’s dialogues, wonderfully recited by Aamir Khan, were strong, massively emotional and touches the heart directly.

Humor is something which the move showcases at every point of time; with every major scene. The cruise journey, and some outdoor locations, especially Istanbul and Greece were shot magnificently.

Although, collectively, there is hardly any fault with the movie, but individually, there are some minor distractions which could have been avoided. Public had this hangover of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and wanted more of Farhan. But both of these expectations will reduce your joy of watching this movie.

Zoya, we will together change this world. Soon.

7.5/10

 

Welcome to Karachi: A Daring Cinematic Attempt At Comedy, Bromance & Unorthodox Screenplay

On a very broader, macro level, ‘Welcome To Karachi’ is heavily inspired from the concept which created Dumb and Dumber franchisee: The protagonists are dumb, half-wit but smart enough to pull it through.

It takes guts to experiment with such cinema in Bollywood, as comedy lies in the crust and everything seems like a spoof, a deliberate alternate take on the realities. The script has to be intelligent, the dialogues need to be sharp, witty and there should be an underlying message for the audience.

I am glad to say that Ashish R Mohan’s ‘Welcome To Karachi’ proves it’s mettle on every count, and thus, a new form of cinema has been created which needs attention. If Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal series and Sunday can become 100 crore grosser, then Welcome To Karachi atleast deserves applause. (Incidentally, Ashish was Asst. Director for Rohit Shetty’s previous movies)

Welcome To Karachi review
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I am really appalled by the negative reviews this movie has received from major critics. Considering that the movie is fictional, the characters are dumb (intentionally) and there is high degree of brain dead comic sequences, why has the critics tried to discover logic here.

Arshad Warsi is the pillar of this movie, with his impeccable performance and timely humor, he dominates the screen. But credit should go to Jackky Bhagnani, as he has improved a lot. In some of the comic scenes, he has acted fabulously, as the audience finds hard to resist the laugh.

But the highlight of the movie is the screenplay: its twisted, bended and molded as per the situation and rather builds up the tempo at every point. Yes, the graphics and special effects could have been better, but it’s the way of telling a story which makes all the difference, and Ashish has done a remarkable job here.

Special mention of the way Pakistan has been shown – its actually funny. Director has thought creatively here, and has tried to interlink global issues, including terrorism with the plot. Songs are again, unconventional and radically different from what regular Bollywood movies churn out. ‘Chal Bhag’ will remain with you long after you leave the theater.

Dialogues are crispy, hilarious and hard hitting: Apt for such type of cinema, where the main characters have to justify their stupidity at every scene. Somehow, each of these factors are aligned perfectly to create an intelligent yet half-wit laugh riot which will make you laugh out loud, with guarantee.

Due to the daring attempt at creating a cinema which has, unfortunately, few takers in India, I will give ‘Welcome to Karachi’ 4/5. Go, watch it if you are taking life seriously!