Bollywood?s Biopic Fever

Sachin Khedekar-Bose, Aamir Khan-Mangal Pandey, Randeep Hooda-Raja Ravi Varma, Dilip Prabhavalkar-Gandhi

Most youngsters may remember Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walking the Cannes red carpet for the nth time, but ask them who the Flying Sikh is and they maybe lost for an answer. Until of course Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra releases his next film. In spite of a plethora of nonsensical front-bencher movies, Bollywood has managed to produce some inspired biopics every now and then. Dolanchapa Chakrabarty revisits Bollywood’s biopic history…



Coming from different schools of thought, Bollywood filmmakers have interpreted the same story in several distinctive ways. Different aspects of M.K. Gandhi’s life were exploited in movies of varying genres. The Indian father figure appeared in the form of thespian Naseeruddin Shah in the dark assassination film, Hey Ram (2000). He was later seen in a humorous avatar in Rajkumar Hirani’s

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