India is rich in history with tales of romance, struggles, and courage. Bollywood has made many movies based on our real history and they are beautiful and inspiring to watch. Let’s check out some such movies.
Bollywood movies based on Real history
1. Bajirao Mastani (2015)
This one of a kind historical romance movie is based on the life of Maratha Peshwa Bajirao. The story shows the Peshwa who is equivalent to the modern day prime minister, falling in love with the warrior princess Mastani and the obstacles and struggles they overcome to finally unite. This is the story of the love between the Peshwa and his second wife Mastani. Featuring Ranveer Singh as Bajirao, Deepika Padukone as Mastani and Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai which are the lead roles, the film won 7 National Film Awards including the awards for best direction and best-supporting actress for Azmi. The supporting roles are carried out by the actors Tanvi Azmi, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Milind Soman. The film also won 9 awards at the 61st Filmfare Awards including awards for best actor, best director and Best Supporting Actress for Priyanka Chopra. It was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali who also composed its soundtrack. It is one of the most expensive films of Bollywood and also one of the highest grossing films in Bollywood of all time. The film has a tragic end where the brave Peshwa defeats an entire army in his rage but dies due to his severe injuries while Mastani was imprisoned by his enemies and dies while in captivity. The ill-fated couple is shown to be united in the after-life.
2. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Another historical love story, this movie portrays the marriage of king Akbar with the princess of Rajput due to political obligations and their respect for each other eventually evolves into true love. The movie was directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and stars Hrithik Roshan in the role of Jalaludheen Muhammad Akbar and Aishwarya Rai in the role of Jodhaa Bai. Besides them, Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Ila Arun are seen in the supporting roles. It won 5 Filmfare Awards and lots of nominations at other festivals after its huge success and positive reviews. Its music was composed by the famous A R Rahman and was also very famous. It also got nominations at the 3rd Asian Film Awards, won 2 awards at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival, seven Star Screen Awards and won the Audience Award for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. The movie is really portrayed historically and shows the slow-brewing romance between the king and the princess.
3. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
The story of the fearless freedom fighter, this movie shows the life of Bhagat Singh, who sees the atrocities faced by his countrymen from the British and rises up to fight for the freedom Of India. This film features Ajay Devgan, Sushant Singh and D Santhosh in the lead roles and was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. A historical effect was created and maintained throughout the movie by giving it a sepia effect. The move went on to win 2 National Awards including the National Award for the Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Movie and 2 other Filmfare awards. The film begins with a flashback that tells the story of Bhagat Singh, a revolutionary by blood. The Britishers tried to dispose of his body secretly so that he would not be made a martyr. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and angered by the British reign of ruthlessness towards his people, he decides to become a revolutionary, joins Hindustan Republic Association and gets arrested and tortured but that doesn’t deter him. He remains a revolutionary fighter till his death and his story is shown beautifully in the movie.
4. Rang De Basanti (2006)
This drama is based on the British era. A teacher casts her students for a drama based on the life of freedom fighters which raises their inner patriots and thus they rebel against a cause. Starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor, this movie was produced and directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra. It won the National Award for the most popular film and was admired for its dialogues and scenes.
5. Gandhi (1982)
This biographical movie portrays the life of our father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, from the time he faced discrimination in Africa when he was thrown out of a train compartment which was meant for the ‘white people and became a leader of the national movement for freedom, till his death and funeral in 1948. The movie was produced and directed and also produced by Richard Attenborough with Ben Kingsley playing the role of Gandhi. It won several awards and was a real success nationally and internationally. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 8 of them including awards for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Screenplay Directly Written For The Scene. Its screenplay is available as a published book. The movie was released in Indian on 30th November 1982. It was released in the United Kingdom and the United States on 3rd December and 10th December respectively. The movie has done justice to this great legend’s life as much as a movie can.
6. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
This is a historical war movie about an Indian soldier in the British army who rebel against the Britishers and somehow ends up saving the life of a British officer which results in a strong friendship between them. Another film starring Aamir Khan, this movie was his comeback after his movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. The movie was directed by Ketan Mehta. It was premiered in the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and was the fourth highest-grossing film of 2005. The movie is the story of the soldier helping to start the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The story begins with a war and showing Magal Pandey, an Indian soldier in the East Indian Army rescuing his regiment’s officer Captain John William Gordon in the Anglo-Afghan wars which leads to a strong bond of friendship between the two. Their friendship is challenged over the introduction of a new rifle, the cartridge of which was rumoured to be lined by pork fat or beef tallow which was abhorrent for both the Muslims and the Hindus thus starting a mutiny in among the sepoys. In the end, Pandey is sentenced to death and his causes major uprising amongst the masses against British raj which was also joined by Gordon.
7. Chittagong (2012)
This movie is the story of 14-year-old Jhunku who is prohibited by his father from joining the movement against the British lead by his master Surya Sen and joined by his friends too. He had his doubts about joining but later ends up joining and becomes the main face of the movement. The movie was directed by Bedabrata Pain. Manjoy Bajpayee is featured in the lead role and it is based on British India’s (now Bangladesh’s) Chittagong Uprising. The movie won the National Award for the Best Debut Film of a director and was a box office hit. Its sound was managed by the Oscar-winning Resul Pookutty.