Bollywood has drawn inspiration from people who have been a part of our society and have been an influence in shaping it in some other the other way. The biopics created by this industry include some of our best actors and hence these movies create a very different kind of magic on the big screen.

Here are 10 people who inspired our filmmakers to bring their story in the form of cinema and the resemblance of these real people with the actors who played these characters left us speechless.

1) Gour Hari Dastaan

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Gour Hari Dastaan is a story of an Odisha freedom fighter, Gour Hari Das who made his way through a long battle of the silent war that lasted for 32 years, against his own government to prove his patriotic association towards the nation. The film starred Vinay Pathak who played the character of Gour Hari Das, Konkona Sen SharmaRanvir Shorey and Tannishtha Chatterjee, among others.

2) Veerappan

The film is based on the real-life Indian bandit Veerappan and the events leading to Operation Cocoon, a mission to capture and kill him. The film stars Sandeep Bharadwaj as Veerappan along with Sachiin J JoshiUsha Jadhav, and Lisa Ray.

3) Hawaizaada

The film stars Ayushmann KhurranaMithun Chakraborty, and Pallavi Sharda. The story is set in Bombay, 1895 and follows a fictionalized story of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who is credited with having constructed India’s first unmanned plane played by Ayushmann.

4) Manjunath

This Indian drama is written and directed by Sandeep A. Varma and is based on the true story of Manjunath Shanmugam, a graduate from Indian Institute of Management Lucknow who was killed in Lakhimpur, U.P., on November 2005 for his stand against corruption and fuel adulteration. Sasho Satiiysh Saarathy can be seen playing the role of Manjunath in the movie.

5) Zubiedaa

The film is based on the life of the ill-fated actress Zubeida Begum, who married Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur and was the mother of the film’s writer. The film garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and won Karisma Kapoor a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

6) Main Aur Charles

This film is a fictitious thriller, inspired by true events and told from the perspective of respected Indian cop, Amod Kanth who handled the notorious case of a serial killer, Charles Sobhraj. Randeep Hooda played the character of Charles in the movie and the cop was played by Adil Hussain.

7) Aligarh

Set in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, it is the true story of Ramchandra Siras, a professor of Marathi and the head of the Classical Modern Indian Languages Faculty at the famed Aligarh Muslim University, who was suspended on grounds of morality. Manoj Bajpayee plays the character of Ramchandra Siras and Rajkumar Rao is seen playing the role of a journalist who is sympathetic to Siras.

8) Shahid

Shahid is a 2013 Indian biographical film directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Anurag Kashyap. It is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai.
The real-life Shahid Azmi had defended the 2004 film Black Friday in the courts while it was languishing with the censor board for its controversial content. Anurag Kashyap, the director of Black Friday, went on to co-produce ‘Shahid’.

9) Paan Singh Tomar

Paan Singh Tomar is a 2012 Indian biographical film based on the true story of the athlete of the same name. A soldier in the Indian Army, he won a gold medal at the Indian National Games but was forced to become a bandit. The film is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia where Irrfan Khan plays the title role.

10) Manto

Manto is an upcoming Indian biographical historical period drama film, written and directed by Nandita Das. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title character of the Indo-Pakistani author, writer Saadat Hasan Manto.

Our actors bring these real-life people to life again! It isn’t easy to play the role of someone who existed in real life and do justice to the character. Which one is your favorite biopic out of these? Let us know your views in the comment section!