Movies are a powerful medium to create awareness about events that have gone down in history. Some of these movies are based on events that have created a lasting impact and deserve to be glorified through visual media, while other incidents are gruesome in nature but still need to be talked about to bring out the truth of the crime or the attack. Let’s take a look at our list of movies inspired by real-life incidents that did justice while taking on the task of depicting what really happened.

Black Friday

This Anurag Kayshap directorial was based on the 1993 bombings that took place in Mumbai. The award-winning film exposed the truth about the people involved in this gruesome attack which included customs officials and the border police.

Streaming on: Yupp TV

Poorna

Some movies make us feel crappy about ourselves. For instance, if asked you what were you doing at the age of 13. Watching cartoons, fighting with your friends over ‘Pepsi-cola’, or playing cricket would be the standard answers. Well, ask Poorna Malavath and she would smile and say – “I climbed the Mount Everest” (not figuratively). Poorna, a 13-year-old residing in Telangana, became the youngest girl to scale Mount Everest in 2014. This movie highlights her story.

Streaming on: Prime Video

Manjhi – The Mountain Man

Nawazuddin Siddiqui essayed the character of Dashrath Manjhi who was popularly known as the Mountain Man. Manjhi was a poor laborer living in Bihar when a tragic incident causes him to carved a path that was 9.1 meters wide and 110 meters long through a hill using a hammer and a chisel. Directed by Ketan Mehta, the movie received critical acclaim.

Streaming on: Netflix, Jio Cinemas

Talvar

Based on the 2008 Noida double murder case, Talvar stars Irrfan KhanKonkona Sen Sharma, and Neeraj Kabi in lead roles. The film follows the investigation of the murder of a teenage girl and the family servant from different perspectives including if the girl’s parents are guilty or innocent. 

Streaming on: Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar

No One Killed Jessica

Another movie based on a murder, No One Killed Jessica explores the Jessica Lal murder case. Jessica was model living in New Delhi and was killed by Manu Sharma, the son of a Congress-nominated Member of Parliament, Vinod Sharma. However, Manu Sharma along with several others was acquitted by the court in 2006. The movie stars Rani Mukherji and Vidya Balan.

Streaming on: Netflix

Airlift

Airlift is based on the biggest human evacuation in the history of humankind when thousands of Indians who were based in Kuwait were evacuated by the Indian government after Saddam Hussain invaded the country. Akshay Kumar, who essayed the role of a Kuwait-based businessman, went on to win the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Streaming on: Voot

Special 26

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, Special 26 showcases the story of a group of individuals who posed as CBI officers and executed a fake income tax raid in a jewelry shop in Mumbai. The incident happened in 1987 and stars Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, and Jimmy Shergill.

Streaming on: Jio

Neerja

Ram Madhvani’s Neerja revolves around the highjacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan. This incident took place on 5th November 1987 and resulted in the death of 20 passengers, which included the head purser Neerja Bhanot. The titular role essayed by Sonam Kapoor earned her the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

Swades

Swades is inspired by the story of Ravi Kuchimanchi and Aravinda Pillalamarri, an NRI couple who came back to India and developed the pedal power generator, which eventually helped to light several village schools. Shah Rukh Khan, who stars as Mohan Bhargava, gave one of the best performances of his career.

Streaming on: Netflix, Jio

Firaaq

This film was based on the 2002 Gujarat riots. It is set one month after the riots and looks at the irrevocable damage and aftermath the riots had over the lives of thousands of families.

Streaming on: Prime Video, Zee5

URI: The Surgical Strike

This film depicted the retaliation of the Indian Army to the 2016 Uri attacks. Through the life of Major Vihaan Singh Shergill played by Vicky Kaushal, the film gives us a detailed account of what went down during this attack.

Streaming on: Zee5

Kesari

This Akshay Kumar starrer is based on the historic Battle of Saragarhi, which was fought between 21 Sikh soldiers and 6000-10,000 Afridi and Orakzai Pashtun tribesmen in 1897. This battle went down as the bravest and greatest last stands in military history.

Streaming on: Prime Video

Mission Mangal

This multi-starrer film features an ensemble cast that includes Akshay KumarVidya BalanTaapsee PannuNithya MenenKirti KulhariSharman JoshiH. G. Dattatreya, and Sonakshi Sinha. It is based on the lives of Indian scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, making it India’s first interplanetary expedition.

Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

Batla House

Starring John Abraham in the lead, this film is based on Operation Batla House, which took place on the 19th of September, 2008. The encounter was led by the Delhi Police against the Indian Mujahideen terrorists. However, the whole incident turned out to be highly controversial as the police were accused of carrying out a fake encounter.

Streaming on: Prime Video

This pandemic has us all confined within the walls of our homes and with all this time on our hands, we might as well watch as many movies as we can. Once you are done with these brilliant films, here are some more amazing movie recommendations. Stay home, stay safe, and keep bingeing!