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 events that did justice while taking on the task of depicting what happened.

Black Friday

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


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 hundreds of thousands of families.

URI: The Surgical Strike

This brilliantly made 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, this film gives us a detailed account of what went down during this attack.


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.

Mission Mangal

This multi-starrer film features an ensemble cast that includes Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H. G. Dattatreya, and Sonakshi Sinha. It is based on the lives of Indian scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, making it India’s first interplanetary expedition.

Batla House

This film starring John Abraham in the lead 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.

But Bollywood is not done! Here are a few more upcoming movies based on real-life events that you will get to see this year:


This upcoming historical period drama film is based on the third battle of Panipat, which was fought between the Marathas and the Afghans. This Ashutosh Gowarikar directorial is all set to feature Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor, and Kriti Sanon. Panipat is slated to hit theatres this December.

Saand Ki Aankh

This biographical drama takes us through the inspiring journey of sharpshooters Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar. These two elderly women defied society’s perception of gender roles and proved that age is not an obstacle as they won 352 medals each in the course of their veteran professional life. The film stars Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu as the leading ladies.

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