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35+ Bollywood Movies That Are Inspired From Real Life Stories 

Movies leave an impact on the psyche of our audience to a great length. If you are a movie buff you will know the struggle of controlling the urge of sharing spoilers with people who have not watched that film.And, when a movie is based on a real-life incident there's a different level of excitement altogether. Filmmakers select and attempt to depict stories on screen aiming that a vast mass can know about it. From wars to psychological militant assaults to rousing stories of individuals from all over the coountry, here is a rundown of some powerpack films that really advanced from a genuine thought.

1. Gold (2018) 

Gold starring Akshay Kumar will be based on the famous hockey player Balbir Singh's life. It is scheduled to release in August 2018. 

2. Padman (2018) 

The film is based on the life of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented low-cost sanitary napkins in India. 

3. The Ghazi Attack (2017) 

The Ghazi Attack is based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi (a submarine) during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The movie is inspired from the true events during the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. 

4. Haseena Parkar (2017) 

The film is based on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar. 

5. Poorna (2017) 

Poorna is a biographical adventure film based on the life of a 13-year-old girl who climbed Mount Everest. 

6. Sachin: A Billion Dreams (2017) 

This inspirational story was based on the life of famous Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. 

7. Padmavati/ Padmavat (2018) 

The film is based on Rajput queen Padmavati and her life. 

8. Guru (2007) 

The Indian drama film is based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, a business magnate, founder of Reliance Industries. 

9. Mary Kom (2014) 

An Omung Kumar film which is based on the life of boxer Mary Kom. The film highlights Mary's struggle of becoming a boxer and how she overcomes all the challenges and becomes an inspiration. 

10. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) 

'The Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh's life inspired many including the makers of this film who beautifully portrayed all the phases of his life and cleared many misconceptions. 

11. Satyagraha (2013)

The film is based on social activist Anna Hazare whose character was portrayed by Amitabh Bachchan. 

12. Special 26 (2013)

The film revolves around the 1987 Opera House heist, during which a group of thieves pretending to be CBI officials executed an income tax raid on a jeweller in Mumbai.

13. Chak De! India (2007) 

The film is based on the story of the former goalkeeper of Indian National Hockey Team, Mir Ranjan Negi. His character was portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan on the screen. 

14. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010) 

The film is believed to be loosely based on the lives of Mumbai underworld gangsters Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim.

15. No One Killed Jessica (2011) 

The film is based on Jessica Lal murder case. 

16. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) 

The film is based on the success story of former Indian Cricket team captain M.S. Dhoni. 

17. The Attacks of 26/11 (2013)

The docu-drama film is based on 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. 

18. Paan Singh Tomar (2010) 

The film is based on the life of an Indian athlete and rebel Paan Singh Tomar. 

19. The Dirty Picture (2011) 

The film is inspired by the life of Silk Smitha, a South Indian actress noted for her bold roles. 

20. Black Friday (2004) 

The film is directed by Anurag Kashyap and is based on Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. 

21. Dangal (2016) 

Dangal is the story of a wrestler father Mahavir Phogat and his journey of how he trains his daughters to become the top wrestlers. 

22. Thackeray (2019) 

The film is based on Mumbai's Tiger and founder of Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray. 

23. Madras Cafe (2013)

The film is based on the Sri Lankan Civil War and assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

24. Gulaab Gang (2014) 

The film is based on the life of Sampat Pal Devi who is the leader of Gulaab Gang, a gang that highlights the struggle of women in the country. 

25. Airlift (2016) 

The film is based on Ranjit Katyal, a Kuwait based businessman who successfully carried out the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the invasion by Saddam Hussein. 

26. LOC Kargil (2003) 

The film is based on the Kargil War of 1999 fought between India and Pakistan. 

27. Shahid (2012)

It is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai.

28. Talvar (2015)

The film is based on Aarushi Talwar double murder case in which the victim's parents were thought to be guilty but were recently proven innocent. 

29. Gandhi (1982)

 This historical drama film is based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

30. Rahasya (2015) 

This film is a murder mystery which is again based on the Aarushi Talwar murder case that took place in Noida in 2008. 

31. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)

The film is an action-adventure which is based on the book Do And Die by Manini Chatterjee, based on the Chittagong Uprising against British rule in 1930. 

32. Bajirao Mastani (2015)

Bajirao Mastani is the story of the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao I (1700-1740 AD) and his second wife Mastani.

33. Azhar (2016)

The film is based on the life of Indian cricketer and former national team captain Mohammad Azharuddin. 

34. Neerja (2016)

The film is based on the hijack of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, that occurred on 5 September 1986, in which the head purser of the flight Neerja Bhanot lost her life while helping save passengers. Around 359 of the 379 passengers and crew on board were saved.

35. Bombay Velvet (2015)

The film is based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables.

36. Hawaizaada (2015)

The film has been inspired by the biography of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade. He is said to have constructed and flown an unmanned aeroplane in 1895, 8 years before Wright brothers.

37. Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 (2012)

The film is based on three gangster families in the Wasseypur and is a modern cult which revolves around violence and revenge. 

38. Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990)

The movie revolves around the life of Dr. Dipankar Roy, an insignificant junior doctor who discovers a vaccine for leprosy. Ek Doctor Ki Maut is loosely based on the life of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay.

39. Parzania (2007)

The film is based on communal riots. The film narrates the story of a Parsi family that lives in a Muslim colony in the state of Gujarat and loses their 10-year-old son in the riots.

40. Jolly LLB (2013)

The film revolves around the early life of lawyer Jagdish Tyagi aka Jolly. 

41. Sarbjit (2016)

Biopic of Sarabjit Singh, a farmer residing in Bhikiwind, Punjab, near the Indo-Pak border, crossed the border after having a couple of drinks. However, he was mistaken to be an Indian spy and was sentenced to capital punishment.

42. Zubeidaa (2001)

The film is based on the ill-fated life of actress Zubeida Begum, who married Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur.

43. Firaaq (2008)

The film is based on 2002 Gujarat riots. 

44. Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

This Indian Crime movie depicts the shootout between police and gangster Maya, which took place in 1991.

45. Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

The film is set to be based on William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' with an Indian twist.

46. Bandit Queen (1994)

The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and was freed in 1994. 

47. Sarkar (2005) and Sarkar Raj (2008)

Before Thackeray, these two films were also reported to have been loosely based on the life of Bal Thackeray. 

48. Not A Love Story (2011)

The film is based on the murder case of Neeraj Grover who was a television executive working for Synergy Adlabs, a Mumbai based production house.Cover image source: Verve Magazine, Trendspot. That's all people. Let us know which one is your favourite film the comment section below. You can also write to me at muskan@wittyfeed.com