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Real Life In Reel World – Must-Watch Movies Based On Real Life Incidents

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  • Movies based on real life incidents inspire others to take a step towards their dreams or to help others
  • They are made with the permission of real-life stakeholders
  • Movies made on real-life incidents gain a lot of attention from the audience.

Movies have come a long way from their humble beginnings, and have changed their purposes throughout the decades. Now is the time when movies are more inspirational than ever. With evergrowing biopics, real-life incidents, accidents, and achievements, the audience is more interested in knowing the insights from a real-time point of view. As this isn’t possible since not all things are documented, movies come into the picture. 

Several movies have been made in Bollywood depicting great real-life stories. Movies like Neerja, Batla House, Dangal, and GullyBoy have shown stories of underrated heroes who have either put their life to use to save others, to make their country proud, or to make the country a better place. Here is a list of movies based on real life incidents:

List Of Must Watch Movies Based On Real Life Incidents

1. URI: The Surgical Strike
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This 2019 movie was an absolute hit and everyone had a blood-boiling experience in the theatre. It awoke the patriotism within every single person who watched the movie. This action-packed movie was produced by Ronnie Screwvala and was written and directed by Aditya Dhar. The movie starred Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina, and Kirti Kulhari. This was inspired by true events of the retaliation to the 2016 Uri Attack.

2. Bell-Bottom
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This newly released action spy thriller of 2021 is directed by Ranjit M Tewari. The film was written by Aseem Arora and Parveez Sheikh. The movie stars Akshay Kumar as the lead character and also includes other talented actors such as Lara Dutta, Vaani Kapoor, and Huma Qureshi. It was inspired by real-life hijacking events in India.

3. Shootout At Lokhandwala
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A 2007 gangster-action movie, Shootout at Lokhandwala throws light on the real-life conflict between gangsters and Bombay Police that happened in the year 1991.

It’s skillfully directed by well-known director Apoorva Lakhia. The Lokhandwala Complex was attacked by the head of ATS, A. A. Khan on 16 November 1991. The screenplay has been written by Suresh Nair, Sanjay Gupta, and Apoorva Lakhia, and it has been produced by Balaji Telefilms and Sanjay Gupta.

4. Batla House
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This movie was based on real-life events of the Batla House encounter case that occurred on 19 September 2008. It was written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Nikkhil Advani. The movie starred the king of action, John Abraham. He played the role of Sanjeev Kumar Yadav who played a pivotal role in the encounter. The movie follows the encounter and its aftermath.

5. Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran

The movie has its plot revolving around the 1998 nuclear bomb explosion tests which were supervised by the Indian Army at Pokharan. It has been directed and written by Abhishek Sharma. Other writers are Saiwyn Quadras, Shaikh, and Sanyuktha Chawla. Produced by Zee Studios, KYTA Productions, and John Abraham himself, this movie shows all the integral events that led to the nuclear bomb test and everything after that.

6. Mission Mangal
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The 2019 movie had some of the best actors cast in it. This movie is inspired by the scientists at ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) who led to the development of India’s first interplanetary expedition, the Mars Orbiter Mission. The cast included Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, and Vikram Gokhale.

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7. Kesari
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Kesari, written and directed by Anurag Singh, was jointly produced by many well-known directors like Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Aruna Bhatia, Hiroo Yash Johar, and Sunir Khetarpal. It revolves around the events that led to the Battle of Saragarhi and its consequences. It’s a thrill to watch this movie with your friends and family.

8. Special 26
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The heist movie lovers are in for a treat when watching this movie. This 2013 movie was written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. It was based on the 1987 Opera House Heist. A group of con artists posed as CBI officers and executed an income tax raid on a jeweler in Mumbai. The cast includes talented actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Akshay Kumar, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta, Anupam Kher, and many more.

9. Neerja

The 2016 movie led to a wave of awe and respect for real-life hero Neerja Bhanot. Sonam Kapoor has captured all the emotions of the protagonist, throwing light on her life and how her life’s purpose was decided by her in a plane hijack. She died to save many people who were held captive by terrorists. It was directed by Ram Madhvani, written by Saiwyn Quadras, and produced by Atul Kasbekar and Shanti Sivaram Maini.

10. Dangal

We can’t leave Dangal out of the list of movies based on real life. The Amir Khan-starrer was released in 2016. The movie follows the journey of the Phogat sisters and their lives as female wrestlers. Amir Khan played the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, the father of Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. The movie shows how Mahavir Singh Phogat trains his daughters to become India’s first female world-class wrestlers.

The development of the movie was in early 2013. In 2014, Amir Khan interviewed the Phogat sisters on his talk show Satyamev Jayate, and this led to the creation of the blockbuster movie.

11. Manjhi: The Mountain Man
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Based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi, this 2015 movie is a biopic. Manjhi, a poor laborer from Gehlaur village, earned the title of ‘The Mountain Man’ by carving a path 9.1 meters wide and 110 meters long through a hill 7.6 meters high, merely using tools like a hammer and a chisel. Nawazuddin Siddiqui tremendously played the role of Dashrath Manjhi.

12. Thalaivii
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Thalaivii has been released recently and has quickly grabbed attention. The 2021 movie revolves around the late Jayalalitha and her story. It was released on her birthday and her role was played by Kangana Ranaut. Directed by A.L Vijay, written by K.V. Vijayendra, Rajat Arora, Madhan Karky, and Prasad, this movie has gained immense attention just as the actor turned politician Jayalalitha won the hearts of millions.

Final Words

Sometimes life is no less than a movie, and these movies based on real life prove that. Everyone loves a little dose of reality if they do not want to be stuck in fantasy all the time. These movies are a great way for people to know more about their history and life in general; they keep one connected to their roots. You can switch to any of these movies for a perfect weekend movie night.

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