The Indian cinema has come a long way from ‘romancing behind the flowers’ to creating thought-provoking, moving films like ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, ‘Mary Kom’ to ‘Dangal’.
Films are not only a medium of entertainment but they’re also meant to educate, influence, and enlighten the nation. The audience is left with no choice but to go to the theatres to experience the everlasting cinematic experiences created by the Bollywood giants.
We have seen plenty of epic biopics over the last couple of years. The films like ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013), ‘Mary Kom’ (2014), ‘Neerja’ (2016), Dangal (2016), MS Dhoni (2016), ‘Sanju’ (2018) have truly changed how biopics were made in Bollywood.
This is the kind of cinema that connects the most with the audience. This has encouraged the makers to make more and more such films. The coming years will be swamped with numerous biopics based on the lives of interesting characters like those of cricketer Kapil Dev, producer of T-Series Gulshan Kumar and Indian Air Force Pilot Rakesh Sharma, etc.
Upcoming Bollywood Biopic Movies
Here’s a quick glimpse of the 10 most anticipated Bollywood biopic films that we cannot wait to see.
1- 83: The Film
The Biographical sports film ’83 explores the journey of the Indian cricket team winning the world cup of 1983. It stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Tripathi, etc. It will release theatrically on 24 Dec 2021 worldwide, with its all dubbed version Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu.
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) November 30, 2021
Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan fame Kabir Khan directed the film. It is made under the big banners of Reliance Entertainment with the collaboration of Phantom films, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, and Kabir Khan Films.
Chandra Prakash Dwivedi directorial Prithviraj is going to hit theaters on 21 Jan Next year. It is based on the life of one of the legendary Kings’ of India Named Prithviraj Chauhan.
Akshay Kumar in the titular role of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, other star cast includes Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana, etc. Debutante Manushi Chillar is playing Prithviraj’s wife as Sanyogita. It is made under the big banner Yash Raj Films.
A heroic story about pride and valour. Proud to play Samrat #Prithviraj Chauhan. Celebrate #Prithviraj with #YRF50 only at a big screen near you on 21st January’22.@ManushiChhillar @duttsanjay @SonuSood #DrChandraprakashDwivedi @yrf pic.twitter.com/GzNyMoTKux
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 15, 2021
Ajay Devgn will soon be seen in a football coach role in his upcoming film Maidaan, He is portraying the role of India’s former football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.
Amit Ravindernath Sharma helmed this project, and bankrolled by Boney Kapoor and made under the banner of Zee studios with the collaboration of Bayview Projects. South actress Priyamani is also featured in this biographical film.
Maidaan, A story that will resonate with every Indian, a film that I feel very strongly about. Mark the date on your calendar. Releasing worldwide on 3rd June, 2022. pic.twitter.com/bmHM2sf8qm
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) September 30, 2021
Taapsee will be doing the role of a legendary women cricket player Mithali Raj in Mithali’s biographical film Shabaash Mitthu. Directed by the national film awardee Srijit Mukerjee.
Apart From Taapsee Pannu, it stars Richard Bhati Klein and Gultesham. It is made under the banner of Colosceum Media with the association with Viacom18.
ONE GIRL with HER CRICKET BAT has shattered world records and stereotypes.
You’ve done it all Champ… Happy Birthday Mithu @M_Raj03 🥳 #ShabaashMithu in theatres on 4|02|2022. @taapsee @AndhareAjit @priyaaven @Viacom18Studios pic.twitter.com/wcftGANzM3
— Srijit Mukherji (@srijitspeaketh) December 3, 2021
Alia Bhatt will be seen in a never seen before role in her next, She is playing the madam of a brothel namely Ganga Harjivandas aka Gangubai Kathiawadi. Ajay Devgn, Huma Qureshi, and Emraan Hashmi will have a special appearance in the film.
It is directed by five national film awardees Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He also produced the film along with Jayantilal Gada under the banner of Bhandali Productions with the collaboration of Pen India Limited.
Watch her rise with power, courage & fearlessness. #GangubaiKathiawadi coming to take over 2022 on 18th February, in cinemas near you.#SanjayLeelaBhansali @ajaydevgn @aliaa08 @prerna982 @jayantilalgada @bhansali_produc@saregamaglobal pic.twitter.com/Z4uOEDJpAT
— PEN INDIA LTD. (@PenMovies) November 15, 2021
Tollywood actor-director Adivi Sesh is soon going to feature in the role of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who got martyred by terrorists while saving the lives of numerous hostages during the 2008 Mumbai attacks at Taj Hotel.
It is produced by South star Mahesh Babu under the production of Sony Pictures with the collaboration of G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment. It is shot in Hindi and Telugu simultaneously and later dubbed in Malayalam. It will hit the theatres on 11 Feb 2022.
— Adivi Sesh (@AdiviSesh) November 10, 2021
7- Mogul – The Gulshan Kumar Story
Aamir Khan will be doing the role of the late Gulshan Kumar, the founder of T-Series. Reportedly Gulshan Grover will be doing the role of Dawood Ibrahim. Directed by Subhash Kapoor, and bankrolled by Bhushan Kumar under his own production house T-Series. The Biographic film name is Mogul, the writing for the film has finished and the production phase will start by early 2022.
8- PV Sindhu biopic
The story of the first Indian badminton player to win a gold medal at the World Championship will have Deepika Padukone in the lead role of P.V. Sindhu.
Though there is no official information about the film as of now, in Sept Ranveer Singh shared a pic with the queen of Badminton PV Sindhu in his I.G post in which P.V Sindhu along with Ranveer and Deepika were dining out, since then the rumors of the biopic is circulating.
We can’t refute the claim though, as we know DP herself is a child of a successful badminton player named Prakash Padukone.
9- Abhinav Bindra biopic
Despite being two-flop-films-old, Harshvardhan Kapoor has managed to bag a meaty role of Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra in his biopic film. The father-son duo Anil Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor will be seen next in the Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra Biography.
Helmed by Kannan Iyer, Kannan also co-wrote this biographical film along with Abhay Koranne. It stars Harshvardhan as Abhinav Bindra and Anil as Apjit Bindra. It is also being made under the banner of the lead actor’s home production namely Anil Kapoor Film Company.
Akshay Kumar starrer Gorkha is based on the life of Indian Army Gorkha Regiment veteran officer Maj. Gen. Ian Cardozo (5th Gorkha Rifles). along with Akshay, it stars Raaj Vishwakarma.
Directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, Bankrolled by Ranjahana fame Aanand L. Rai and Himanshu Sharma under the banner of Color Yellow Productions with the collaboration of Cape Of Good Films.
— Colour Yellow Productions (@cypplOfficial) October 15, 2021
The biopic fever is at an all-time high and it certainly doesn’t seem to die down. Besides the above listed, there are numerous other biopic projects in the pipeline like Osho, Shakeela, and ‘Salute’ (Rakesh Sharma biopic).
Most casting and film stories align well with each other but only time will tell which film transforms into a Box Office success and which one tanks forever.
Only star power doesn’t help biopics, good content along with excellent storytelling is the key to creating a successful biopic in Bollywood, Mohammad Azharuddin’s biopic is the perfect example of this.