Bollywood Movies Based on Real-Life Events


Bollywood has been making a lot of movies based on real-life events in the recent past. In just 2 months, two mainstream movies based on true events have been released to almost universal applause. Some of them have worked at the box-office and some of them have tanked but all of them have grabbed people’s attention. Here’s a look at a few movies based on true events that have been released in the recent past.

1. Neerja


This incredible movie is a biopic of a brave young woman who became an inspiration for a generation. Neerja is based on the life of an air-hostess/model, Neerja Bhanot who sacrificed herself to save 3 children from a hail of bullets on the Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked in Karachi, Pakistan in 1986. Sonam Kapoor does a splendid job of portraying her.



This movie was inspired by a real life businessman, Ranjit Katiyal who helped thousands of Indian escape Kuwait when it was invaded by Iraq in 1990 during the Gulf War. A must-watch for sure.

3. Talvar


Talvar was based on the sensational double murder case that took place in Noida in the year 2008. Aarushi Talwar, a teenage along with her family’s domestic help, Hemraj was found dead in their own house. Her parents were the prime suspects. But the case was much more complex and layered than what was reported by the media. The film delves into those aspects and will shock you to the core. Actors Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi delivered some excellent performances.

 Gulaab Gang


Gulaab gang is inspired by the all-women activists and vigilantes Gulabi Gang of Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh. These bright pink clad women usually take up issues like domestic violence and dowry. The film had some strong performances by Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla but turned out to be a box-office flop.

5. Ragini MMS


Many of us didn’t know that this scary ‘date movie’ is based on a real incident. It was partly inspired by the hit horror film, ‘Paranormal Activity’ which was released in 2007 and partly based on a true story of a girl from Delhi. The film will give you goosebumps!

6. Not A Love Story


Based on a real life crime, it was inspired by the gruesome 2008 murder of Neeraj Grover in Mumbai. Model Maria Susiaraj and her boyfriend M.L Jerome were put behind the bars for the murder. Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, the film has been liberally inspired by the homicide.

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