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Bollywood believes that inspiration can be drawn from anything and everything. Be it films inspired from movies down South, or that inspired by Hollywood films, filmmakers have always made conscious efforts to tell a tale worth their time. Irrespective of whether the films have worked well with the audience or not, but the industry has always gone down to the history in search of stories that would interest the celluloid buffs. And so, here is a list of recent films that were inspired from true life incidences:
The year opened with Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur starrer Airlift, a film inspired from a war story that dates back to almost 25 years. It is a story of one Mathunny Mathews who with the help of Indian government managed to evacuate 170,000 Indians who were stranded at Kuwait. In 1990 Saddam Hussain invaded Kuwait as Kuwait refused to reduce their oil production for the convenience of Sadaam. The state was left in shudders, and Indians were stranded homeless and bankrupt. And it was Mathunny who then sought help from the Indian government; this became one of the biggest evacuations to take place. With Air India coming to their rescue, the airlines used 488 flights in a span of 59 days to evacuate the 170,000 Indians. The airline even entered the Guinness Book of World Records for it was a civil airline to help in an evacuation mission.
This Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao starrer was inspired from a true incident that happened in Uttar Pradesh. The story is of a Marathi professor Srinivas Ramchandra Siras who was sacked on charges of homosexuality. In a string operation conducted by a television channel the professor was shown embracing a rickshaw puller at his house which was inside the campus. In the film, Manoj was playing the professor and Rajkummar was playing a journalist who tracks the professor’s story. Hansal Mehta has put a lot of thought to it, and has released it in a manner that people know what the professor had to go through for being homosexual. It was one of the best portrayals of homosexuality believed many in the industry.
It is not us but the makers of the film who said that Azhar is inspired from the life story of cricketer Mohammad Azharrudin, but is not a biopic. This gives Azhar a well deserved chance to be amongst the list of real life inspired stories. Azharuddin is a former Indian cricketer and captain who was believed to be involved in match-fixing. Emraan Hashmi played the lead role, and opposite him was Prachi Desai who played Azhar’s first wife Naureen, and Nargis Fakri who played his love interest Sangeeta Bijlani. The film is loosely based on life incidences of Azhar and of the proceedings of his case. While Azhar couldn’t fulfill his dreams of playing his 100th match and it took him 12 years to prove that he was not involved in match-fixing.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal starrer Raman Raghav 2.0 is a contemporary approach to the killings by serial killer Raman Raghav that dates backs to mid-60s. Nawazuddin plays the psychopath killer who, and Vicky a police officer. The story is about Nawazuddin’s character getting inspired by the stories of the serial killer Raman Raghav, and committing crimes with a similar approach. Anurag Kashyap’s directorial; the film was rather dark as the murders send chills down the spine of many who had witnessed the crime.
The Akshay Kumar and Ileana D’cruz starrer Rustom is a rather interesting tale. The story is inspired from the famous 1959 case of K.M Nanavati against the state of Maharashtra. The case changed the face of the judicial system in India. The story of a Naval Officer will sound as normal as any that of others, but what sets this story apart is the fact that Nanavati killed his wife’s lover. In reality Nanavati’s wife herself confesses of having an affair, and Nanavati angered by the incidence shoots her lover. The main argument in court remains whether the murder was in the heat of the moment, or was it pre-planned. He pleads not guilty in the court, and garners a lot of support from the public. The judiciary too ruled out the murder and declared him not guilty, until the High Court sentenced him to lifetime imprisonment. The rest as they saw would only be known if you watch the film. But looking at the trailer one can be sure that the actors have done a brilliant job as far as their performances are concerned.
By Stuti Srivastava
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