20 Best Bollywood Movies Based on True/Real Life Stories

Bollywood’s trend of doing films based on real life stories and events. Read more about which are the films that have been based on such subjects
20 Best Bollywood Movies Based on True/Real Life Stories
Posters for 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', 'Gully Boy' and 'Sanju'

Bollywood has often made films on real life stories and events. This is a trend that has recently caught on very massively and has even done well with the masses. Almost all successful films of 2019 are based on real life stories and events. Check out the list of recent most films that have been based on these subjects.

Below is the list of 20 Best Bollywood Movies Based on True/Real Life Stories:


1. Gully Boy (2019)

Based on the lives of Naezy and Divine, this Zoya Akhtar flick won all hearts as it received critical and commercial acclaim. Ranveer Singh starred as Murad Sheikh a young boy from Dharavi 17 who rose to hip hop success. Gully Boy earned almost 230 crores worldwide.

2. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019)

Kangana Ranaut stars as the eponymous Rani Laxmibai who fought the British army to save her Jhansi. The film was mired in controversy but fared well at the box office.

3. Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)

Based on the surgical strikes conducted by India in Pakistan, the film was the highest commercial success of 2019. Starring Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam the film was directed by Aditya Dhar.

4. Kesari (2019)

Based on the Battle of Saragarhi, Akshay Kumar starred in this film by Anurag Singh where 21 Sikh soldiers fought against Afghan soldiers.

5. Thackeray (2019)

Based on the life of Bal Thackery, the film starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

6. The Accidental Prime Minister (2019)

Anupam Kher starred as Manmohan Singh and the film was based on how Manmohan Singh became PM.

7. PM Narendra Modi (2019)

This Vivek Oberoi starrer film was also facing many delays in its release given that it was set to release near the time of election. The film is based on the life of Narendra Modi.

8. Raazi (2018)

Alia Bhatt starred as a young Kashmiri girl who is trained as a spy and sent to Pakistan. The film was a commercial and critical hit and was inspired by real events.

9. Sanju (2018)

Raju Hirani directed the biopic of filmstar Sanjay Dutt who was played by Ranbir Kapoor. The film was a massive success and Ranbir received acclaim for his performance.

10. Padman (2018)

Akshay Kumar starred in this social message oriented film that was based on the real life and inventions of Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented inexpensive sanitary napkins for the women in his village.

11. Manto (2018)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui portrayed the late poet and author who struggled with his existential crises during partition. The film was directed by Nandita Das and was screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

12. Gold (2018)

Starring Akshay Kumar this was a historical sports drama film written by Reema Kagti. It was based on the life of NN Mukherjee.

13. Kedarnath (2018)

Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput star in this love story which is centred around the floods of Uttarakhand floods in 2013.

14. Raees (2017)

While the filmmakers claimed that it was not based on the life of Abdul Latif, a Gujarat based gangster, a legal notice was sent to the filmmakers by his family. The film starred Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Zeeshan Ayyub.

15. The Ghazi Attack (2017)

This film was based on the mysterious sinking of an Indian submarine PNS Ghazi. The film starred Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu and Kay Kay Menon.

16. Omerta (2017)

Rajkummar Rao starred as Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British terrorist of Pakistani descent. It also featured the plotting of the murder of Daniel Pearl.

17. Lucknow Central (2017)

Ranjit Tiwari, the director of the film, had read the story of ‘Healing Hearts’ who performed in Lucknow Central Jail.

18. Haseena Parkar (2017)

Starring Shraddha Kapoor, the film was based on the life of Dawood Ibrahim’s sister of the same name.

19. Secret Superstar (2017)

Writer Advait Chandan had come across many cases during the seasons of Satyamev Jayate where he saw women who had become heroes in their own lives. The story of the film was borne out of the many stories Chandan had seen and heard.

20. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017)

A 19 year-old girl had fled her home due to the lack of a toilet in the home. The film mentions that it is based on the life of Aditya Narre from Madhya Pradesh who left her home due to this reason.

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