Biopics can be
heart-stopping and soul-stirring; they have the capacity to inspire and
motivate you. While the recent past witnessed some unbelievable real-life
stories that brought unsung heroes to the forefront, this year too is no
exception. Let’s take a look at six biopics which will not only commemorate the
less celebrated heroes, but will also hopefully inspire millions to take a leaf
out of their legendary stories.
Neerja : Based on the life of a brave-heart
airhostess of the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73, Neera Bhanot, who fought with the
terrorists and saved 359 passengers, this biopic, has all that it takes to stir
your soul and give you a story that you could tell your kids to inspire them.
Sonam Kapoor, in and as Neerja, has given her blood and sweat to this role and
expectations are rife that it would be a milestone film for Sonam and will
bring in a topsy-turvy change in her sloppy career. We definitely can’t wait to
watch this one.
Aligarh : Set in the state of Uttar
Pradesh and based on true events, the plot revolves around Dr Shrinivas
Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University. He was sacked
from his position of Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages, on charges of
homosexuality. A sting operation was conducted by a TV channel which showed him
in an embrace with a rickshaw puller, at his house inside the campus. With
Manoj Bajpayee essaying the character of Dr Siras, and the talented Rajkummar
Rao as a journalist, this film will surely get inked in the ‘must-watch’ list
of all cine connoisseurs.
Azhar : The name says it all. Yes,
it’s a biopic on the life of one of the most popular, celebrated and
controversial cricket captains Indian team has ever had – Mohd. Azharuddin. From
an impeccable stint of being a successful captain to getting involved in match
fixing scandal, to having a controversial life, getting married to Sangeeta
Bijlani, going through a tumultuous divorce and later rumoured to have an
affair with Jwala Gutta, the film that stars Emraan Hashmi playing the veteran
cricketer is expected to cover every colourful facet of Azharuddin.
Sarabjit : Sarabjit Singh was an Indian national convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani court. He was tried and convicted by
the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14
bystanders in 1990. According to unconfirmed Indian sources, Singh had been a
spy for the Indian Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency and had been working undercover
in Pakistan. This Omung Kumar directorial will see Randeep Hooda playing the
lead while Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Richa Chadda will be seen in pivotal
roles. Interesting! Isn’t it?
Dhoni : Two biopics on two
different cricketing legends in the same year! Well it can’t get better than
this. Cinema and cricket are the two biggest religions that every Indian loves
to follow and is absolutely crazy about. So when these two come together on
celluloid, it would be nothing short of a dream for both cinema and cricket
lovers. With a die-hard cricket lover Sushant Singh Rajput playing India’s
darling captain, the unparalleled MS Dhoni on screen, we are sure millions
would miss a heart beat the day this film hits the silver screen. Bring it on
Dangal : This film is very special
in more ways than one. Firstly, Aamir Khan would be seen playing a wrestler for
the first time in his 28-year-long career. Secondly, it will mark his return to the silver screen after two years. The actor has put his heart and soul, and
blood and sweat and has left no stone unturned to ensure the story of wrestler
Mahavir Phogat, the character Aamir would be seen playing in the film, is told
in the best and the most interesting way possible. In fact, the actor has said
to have auditioned 25,000 girls for role of his two daughters in the film.
Phew! Can December please come before March this year?