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10 Bollywood movies that were based on true incidents

Apart from Parmanu, Raazi, these Bollywood movies were also based on real-life stories. 

Reshu Manglik Written by: Reshu Manglik New Delhi Updated on: May 30, 2018 11:52 IST
Bollywood movies that were based on true stories
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10 Bollywood movies that were based on true stories 

What intrigues us the most when we watch a movie trailer? The footnote saying, ‘Based on real life incidents’. When a flick is spun around real life stories, it automatically becomes more thought-provoking and attention-grabbing. Lately, Bollywood actor John Abraham is coming up with another ‘based on real life’ film Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran. The section of Bollywood buffs equally interested in war history and nuclear science must be feeling drawn towards the theatres this Friday. But let us tell you, before Pokhran, these Bollywood films were also based on real life incidents.


The Alia Bhatt starrer was based on the life of a Kashmiri spy Sehmat (name changed) who was married off to a Pakistani officer to collect confidential information about Pakistan’s covert missions against India. The film is inching close to the 100-crore mark at the box office.

Madras Cafe

Starring John Abraham, Madras Cafe is based on the infamous civil war and the conspiracy which led to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.


Talwar chronicles the struggles of doctor couple Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar who were convicted for their daughter Aarushi Talwar and their house help Hemraj’s murder in Noida. The film was well-received by the critics around the world, who praised the film’s brisk narrative.


Firaaq is a political thriller based on the infamous 2002 violence in Gujarat. It shed light on the aftermath of the riots on the lives of everyday people. Firaaq means separation and quest in Arabic.


The Hansal Mehta-directorial is based on the real life of a lawyer and a human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai.

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

It is a historical drama based on the aftermaths of the Bhopal gas tragedy, which is touted to be one of the biggest industrial disasters in the world.


Bawandar, which means Sandstorm in English, is a film based on the life of Bhanwari Devi, who was subjected to rape in 1992 by the men of higher-caste. The film depicts the struggles, trauma and humiliation faced by Bhanwari Devi while pursuing justice in the Indian courts.

Not a Love Story

Based on the gruesome murder of Neeraj Grover, the film directed by Ram Gopal Varma was shot at Dheeraj Solitaire, the building where the victim was allegedly murdered in 2008.

Black Friday

The Indian drama written by Anurag Kashyap, was based on the Bombay Bomb Blasts which took place in 1993. The bombings were a series of 12 bomb explosions that caused the death of 257 people.

The Ghazi Attack

It is an Indian war film based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. The film explores the mysterious situations under which the submarine PNS Ghazi sank off the coast of Vishakhapatnam in 1971.

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