Bollywood has given us an abundance of inspiring, heartwarming, and thought-provoking stories and they’re even more riveting when the characters are based on real-life people. We’ve seen history being restored on the big screen with Bollywood biopics like Mangal Pandey: The Rising and even watched the stories of path-breaking legends like in Dangal with many more on the list. The boom of biographical and historical films in Bollywood has been going strong in 2019 with hit films like Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Super 30, and Saand Ki Aankh. There’s no stopping there because we have many more true stories waiting to be retold on the big screen. Here are the most-awaited Bollywood biopics set to release in 2020:
Bollywood icon Ajay Devgn’s 100the film, this historical biopic also marks the on-screen reunion with his real-life wife Kajol and stars his Omkara co-star Saif Ali Khan in the cast. Directed by Om Raut, this film follows the story of Maratha military leader Taanaji Malusare who is remembered for his role in the 1670 Battle of Sinhagad. Before it hits the cinema screens on 10th January. Read more about the film here.
When director Meghna Gulzar came across the extremely rampant issue of acid attacks, she roped in actress Deepika Padukone to feature in her on-screen take on the subject. Deepika will take on the character of Malti who is based on real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal. Backed by Fox Star Studios, it also marks Deepika’s foray into film production. The film will feature Vikrant Massey in the cast as well and is set to release on January 10, 2020.
— Meghna Gulzar (@meghnagulzar) June 6, 2019
Bollywood newbie Janhvi Kapoor is all set to star in her first biopic as the first woman Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena. Long before IAF commissioned female fighter pilots, she ventured into a war zone along with fellow pilot Srividya Rajan to evacuate injured soldiers from Kargil in 1999. Produced by Karan Johar under Dharma Productions, this inspiring story is directed by newcomer Sharan Sharma and features Pankaj Tripathi and Angad Bedi in the cast. The film is scheduled to release in theatres on March 13, 2020.
— Jhanvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoorr) August 29, 2019
One of the most awaited upcoming Bollywood biopics, this movie will unite the two biggest fandoms of India – Bollywood and cricket. With Ranveer Singh playing the role of star cricketer Kapil Dev, it tells us the incredible story of India’s historic 1983 Cricket World Cup victory. Directed by Kabir Khan, Pankaj Tripathi will play the manager of the team PR Man Singh along with Deepika Padukone as Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Dev. The film stars Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Boman Irani, Sahil Khattar, and more. It is set to release in cinemas on April 10, 2020.
Ranveer Singh replicates the iconic Natraj Shot – bringing back a flood of memories – for #83TheFilm… Stars Ranveer as #KapilDev… Directed by Kabir Khan… 10 April 2020 release. #Relive83 #RanveerAsKapil pic.twitter.com/ISrnlc37pU
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) November 11, 2019
The late Dr. J. Jayalalitha was a legendary politician and film actress who also served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Her life story is set to hit the big screen with Kangana Ranaut filling in her shoes. The trilingual biographical film is directed by A. L. Vijay and features Arvind Swami in the role of M. G. Ramachandran. The film will simultaneously be released in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi on June 26, 2020. Check out the film’s striking teaser below.
Directed by Shoojit Sircar, this film is based on the life freedom fighter Udham Singh who will be played by Vicky Kaushal. The revolutionary freedom fighter retaliated after the brutal 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar by meticulously assassinating Michael O’Dwyer, the former lieutenant governor of Punjab. Singh was subsequently tried and hanged to death on July 31, 1940. Kaushal and Sircar’s first collaboration is set to release in cinemas on October 2, 2020.
Release date finalized: 2 Oct 2020… Vicky Kaushal in and as #SardarUdhamSingh… Directed by Shoojit Sircar… Written by Ritesh Shah and Shubendu Bhattacharya… Produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar. pic.twitter.com/sxUk5y7WYW
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 17, 2019
The fearless king Prithviraj Chauhan is a notable icon in Indian history. The legendary Rajput ruled over Ajmer and Delhi in the 12th century. Taking on his role in a brand new biopic is iconic actor Akshay Kumar with Manushi Chhillar playing his wife Sanyukta also known as Sanyogita. The film is directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi and will also feature Sanjay Dutt and Sonu Sood in the cast. Produced by Yash Raj Films, it is set to release on Diwali i.e. November 14, 2020.
— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) September 9, 2019
Directed by Amit Sharma of Badhaai Ho fame, in Maidaan, Ajay Devgn is set to play the role of Syed Abdul Rahim who is known as the architect of modern Indian football. As the coach of the Indian football team, he led them to win a Gold at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta and reach the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The film also marks the debut of National Award winner Keerthy Suresh in Bollywood as she plays the coach’s wife. Also starring Gajraj Rao, the film will hit the screens on November 27, 2020.
Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on India’s legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. pic.twitter.com/vzaLJya67x
— Zee Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018
Produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under the banner of T-Series, this biopic is based on the star Badminton player Saina Nehwal. Manav Kaul has joined the cast as Nehwal’s coach Pullela Gopichand. Directed by Amole Gupte and starring Parineeti Chopra in and as Saina, the release date of the film is yet to be confirmed.
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) October 8, 2019
After Marjaavan, Sidharth Malhotra is set to star in another action-packed film. He will take on the role of real-life Indian Army officer Captain Vikram Batra in Shershaah. Captain Batra was posthumously awarded India’s highest and most prestigious award for valor, the Param Vir Chakra, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War. The film is directed by Vishnuvardhan and written by Sandeep Srivastava. Produced by Karan Johar under Dharma Productions, the release date of the film hasn’t been announced yet.
Excited to play Vikram Batra, a real-life hero on screen! Titled – #Shershaah! Shooting begins soon 🎥@Advani_Kiara @vishnu_dir @karanjohar #HirooJohar @apoorvamehta18 @b_shabbir #AjayShah #HimanshuGandhi @DharmaMovies pic.twitter.com/Umi5rqu1jk
— Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) May 2, 2019
This power-packed lineup may still be in the works but we can’t be more excited to watch the real-life stories play out on the big screen. Click on ‘Interested’ for the latest updates on these upcoming Bollywood biopics.