Biopics seem to be the favorite genre of Bollywood filmmakers these days. The biopics of air-hostess, Neerja Bhanot, and tainted Indian cricketer, Mohammed Azharuddin, have already released and the film, Sarbjit hit theaters yesterday. Starring Randeep Hooda, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Richa Chadda, the movie is based on the life of Sarabjit Singh. The other biopics that will release in 2016 are Sachin and M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. All of this makes us wonder why directors are so eager on making such films. Well, we could only think of these reasons:
No need to come up with a story
Not that every Bollywood film boasts of a great plot, but while working on a biopic, the makers don’t have to bother too much about the storyline. After all, the film is based on the life of a particular person, and the writers only have to tweak the plot if that person raises any concerns on how he/she is being portrayed.
Creates a lot of hype
If the biopic is about a famous celebrity, it always manages to generate a lot of buzz. In fact, at the beginning of 2016, M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story was one of the most anticipated Hindi movies of the year. Films like these also help actors, as they generally win a lot of praise for playing such roles.
From Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to Mary Kom to Azhar, the makers of most biopics have always gotten the person on whom the film is based to be a part of the promotions. Even for the soon-to-be-released film, Sarbjit, Dalbir Kaur (Sarabjit Singh’s sister) joined Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda at a special event that was held in memory of her deceased brother.
Chance of winning a National Award
It doesn’t matter if a biopic has done well or not, as the jury at National Awards always tend to favor such films for the content. Omung Kumar’s Mary Kom is a good example. The movie barely focussed on the boxer’s achievements and got unfavorable reviews. However, it was chosen as the Best Popular Film at the 62nd National Film Awards.