Bollywood: From Real to Reel

Few films manage an impact so strong that haunts you long after you’re done watching them. We are not talking about horror movies or some intense drama, but those films that are based on real-life incidents. Speaking of which, the trailer of the film, Talvar is out. And boy, it looks intense! Based on the high profile Aarushi Murder Case, Talvar stars Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi in pivotal roles. If such real-life-inspired movies are your thing, here’s a list of movies that have perfectly narrated some impactful stories inspired by real events. While you’re at it, watch the Talvar trailer here if you haven’t already.


Rahasya (2015) – A spine-chilling murder mystery that was also inspired by the Aarushi murder case, Rahasya garnered positive reviews from both critics and the masses.


Shahid (2013) – Rajkummar Rao, the actor who portrayed the role of the slain lawyer, Shahid Azmi won a National Award for his role. Need we say more?


No One Killed Jessica (2011) – Based on Jessica Lal Murder Case, Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan’s brilliant performance made this thriller a gripping watch.


Black Friday (2007) – Directed by Anurag Kashyap waited patiently for Black Friday to release. The movie was delayed by the Central Board of Film Certification for three years. The movie sensitively and staying true to the book by Hussain Zaidi told the chilling story of the 1993 Bombay Blasts. If you haven’t watched it, do so at the earliest.


Parzania (2007) – Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika, Parzania perfectly captured the grief of parents whose child went missing after the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002. Heart-breaking and gut-wrenching, the film is as brilliant as it is disturbing.

So if you thought Bollywood was all about fluff and exaggeration, these movies will make you think again. Do you know of more of such films? Let us know in the comments below.

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