When ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ came on the cinema screen, it made a lot of news, with a good box office opening. They did not even have to struggle a lot for promotions. This all happened because it was a real life story. And then the trend continued ‘Mary Com’, ‘Pan Singh Tomar’, ‘Neerja’, and so many other real life stories were screened on Indian Cinema. All of them went well on screen. This is the reason, in last twelve months, ten Biopics have been released. It is not that this is happening for the first time in India. Earlier also movies like ‘Gandhi’, ‘Bhagat Singh’, ‘Mangal Panday’ and so many other biopics came but they were not as hiked as today’s Biopics.
One of the benefits that the producer gets from these films is they have less budget. These movies are real life stories so you do not have to spend a lot of money in crashing cars, collapsing building, graphics, shooting different scenes in Switzerland, Paris, Jammu and Kasmir or other stunning tourist spots. Neither you need a lot of co-actors or beautiful actresses. Nor you have to construct a fake ‘Sheesh Mahal’ like what was constructed in ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was made on a budget of 30 crores whereas it’s total collection in Box office was not more than 1 crore, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ was made just on a budget of 4.5 crores and collected approx. 40 crore as a total.
These are also time friendly projects to work on. They do not demand a hectic long year to complete the shooting of the film, it is just a matter of months. As real life stories mostly revolve around two to three cities, there is no requirement to shift the cast and crew from one palace to another.
The most important thing in this kind of movies is these are highly beneficial for our society. They just don’t tell stories but help people to get inspired. Previously people watched romantic fictions or action movies and thought that even he or she can run his/her car at a speed of 300, or he or she will meet his beloved in some bad situation like while fighting with rowdies. These movies only mislead people, in a contrast, biopics are helpful. They give us a lot and lot of information. Like the movie, ‘Rustam’ tells us, how the judicial system worked before 1959. ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and ‘Talvar’ have shaken us totally by telling us the deepness of corruption that is prevailing in Indian Politics as well as the security system. ‘Pan Singh Tomar’ was such a film, which made regret ourselves as well as our system. Tell me who knew about the ‘Manzi- The Mountain Man’? Who cut the whole mountain all alone. No drought, cold or hot weather were able to stop him.
Biopics also helps in giving the appropriate respect and recognition to the deserved personalities. For example, ‘Airlift’, nobody was aware of ‘Mathunny Mathews’, A Kuwait-based business man. A great man who kept everything he has at stake to safely evacuate Indian citizens living in Kuwait to India, during the Iraq-Kuwait war. Even the latest ‘Dangal’ tells the devotion of a father (Wrestler Mahavir Singh Phoghat) towards getting his flag flying on the top of others.
Nowadays this trend is practiced by all kinds of actor. Whereas non-commercial actors like Nabazudin Siddiqui, Irfan Khan adopted this technique. Commercial actors like Shahrukh Khan and ‘Salman’ Khan are also not left behind in this process with their movies ‘Raees’ and ‘Sultan’ respectively.
We have a number of biopics releasing soon in the line. Ranbir Kapoor will be seen playing the role of ‘Sanjay Dutt’ in his biopic. Kangana Ranaut is playing the lead role in a movie based on ‘Rani Laxmi Bai’. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati‘ is also coming starring Deepika Padukone. Then Arjun Rampal will be seen in ‘Daddy’, based on the life of Don Arun Gawali. Shraddha Kapoor will be seen in the film based on the life of Dawood Abraham’s sister ‘Haseena – The Queen’. Then 1911, which is based on Football player ‘Shibdas Bhaduri’. John will be playing this role.
If this is to be continued, then I think those days are not so far when sacrifice, struggle, devotion, and the creation of every individual will get it’s recognition and respect on a big screen.