10 Best Movies Based on Real Life Stories

May 23, 2019

Many filmmakers of the Bollywood industry have received heavy criticism for showcasing films to the audience that lacked rich content and are more commercial focused. However, Bollywood at the same time has been blessed by filmmakers who have created movies based on real-life stories and did complete justice to them. Here’s our list of the 10 Best Movies Based on Real Life Stories:


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Airlift is based on true events of an evacuation process in Kuwait by the Indian Government after Kuwait was invaded by Saddam Hussain. Akshay Kumar who played the lead in the movie went onto win the National Film Award for Best Actor.


Black Friday

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Released in the year 2007, Black Friday is a film that covers the story of one of the darkest days in Mumbai’s history: the 93 bomb blasts. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the movie showcases the entire story of the blasts followed by the police investigation. Black Friday released in India 3 years after its international release.


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Directed by Rahul Bose, Poorna is a must watch film released in the year 2017 that captures the story of a 13-year-old girl, Poorna Malavath who became the youngest girl to scale Mount Everest in 2014.

Manjhi – The Mountain Man

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The supremely talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui played the character of Dashrath Manjhi- the mountain man who carved a path which was 9.1 meters wide and 110 meters long through a hill using a hammer and a chisel.


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Talvar is based on the 2008 Arushi-Hemraj murder mystery. The movie stars, Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi & is a must watch film.


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Released in the year 2016, Sarbjit is a film based on the real-life story of Sarabjit Singh who was sentenced to death by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in the year 1991 on charges of spying and terrorism. Randeep Hooda has brilliantly essayed the character of Sarbjit in the film.


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Released in the year 2016, the movie portrays the story of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) who was suspended from the university on grounds of sexual orientation. The movie stars Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkumar Rao and has been critically acclaimed by critics.

No one killed Jessica

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Based on the murder of Jessica Lal, a model living in Delhi who was murdered by Manu Sharma, the son of a Congress-nominated Member of Parliament. The film stars Rani Mukherji and Vidya Balan and is surely a must watch film.


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Released in the year 2013, Shahid is a movie directed by Hansal Mehta that describes the story of lawyer and human rights activist, Shahid Azmi, who was murdered in Mumbai in 2010. The lead actor of the film, Rajkumar Rao went onto to win the National Film Award for Best Actor.

Special 26

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The film directed by Neeraj Pandey is based on a real incident of 1987 when a group of men posed as CBI officers conducted a fake raid in a Mumbai-based jewelry shop.

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