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Most intense biopics of Bollywood that you can’t afford to miss
Paan Singh Tomar
Paan Singh Tomar was a soldier in the Indian Army and an athlete who later turned a dacoit after his mother is brutally murdered over a local dispute and determines to take revenge. The athlete who had won a gold in Indian National Games, turns a 'Baaghi'in the Chambal Valley. The film was directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. Though it didn't gain much success at the box office, it surely won the critics' hearth. Irrfan Khan delivered a majestic performance in the title role. The film is sure to evoke many emotions in a viewer's mind.
'Neerja' directed by Ram Madhvani has hit the theatres this Friday (February 19) and it got us awestruck. Neerja Bhanot was a brave air-hostess who gave away her life while saving lives of 359 passengers on board Pan Am flight 73 which was hijacked by a group of terrorists funded by Lybia. Neerja remains the youngest recipient of Ashoka Chakra, the highest Indian peacetime military award for bravery. Initially, people were being speculative about Sonam Kapoor playing the title role as in past she has hardly left a mark with any of her on-screen performance. But they were wrong. 'Neerja' is being considered as Sonam's best performance so far. The film is a complete emotional journey where each moment speaks of courage, bravery, fearlessness, sacrifice. May there be more films like 'Neerja'.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
This biopic on famous Indian athlete Milkha Singh was directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra. The religious violence that cropped up after the partition of 1947 killed Milkha's (Farhan Akhtar) parents. He fights with poverty, faces several hardships, joins a gang of thieves and finally ends being in the Army where he is noticed by a sergeant as a promising Athlete. Milkha at the end breaks an world record there. Milkha Singh was the first male athlete to win an individual gold medal in Commonwealth Games. He as well won two gold medals in two Asian Games ( 1958 and 1962). From being an orphan to being a globally renowned athlete was a journey of sweat, determination and hard-work which the film beautifully executed. Not just a film, it remains a source of inspiration and courage for anyone who's fighting an uphill battle in life.
Ketan Mehta's 'Rang Rasiya' is based on the story of Raja Ravi Varma, a celebrated Indian painter. Apart from the aesthetics he incorporated in his paintings, Varma is also remembered for bringing in broader societal outlooks through his work. 'Rang Rasiya' narrates how Varma tried taking art beyond social obstacles which primarily consisted of narrow mindsets. The film shows an artist creating portraits of a woman through which he wanted to paint the unalloyed beauty of a woman's body. Set on the backdrop of 19th century, the larger mass are unable to appreciate beauty in nudity, mark it obscene and Varma has to face severe negative remarks and criticism. The film cast Randeep Hooda as Raja Ravi Varma and Nandana Sen as Sugandha, his love interest. The film is aesthetically beautiful and content-wise intense. It bagged wide critical appreciations.