There are plenty of biopics lined up this year in Bollywood as well as the South film industries. From movies on historical figures like the Rani of Jhansi and Tanaji Malusare to exploring the lives of film stars like Shakeela and sportsmen such as Kapil Dev and Mariyappan Thangavelu, biopics are now the flavor of the season. Apart from the usual bunch of inspiring people whose stories we always love to watch on screen, this year also brings us the stories of politicians who have inspired people in their own unique ways. Here are the political heroes whose stories will grace the screen this year.
N. T. Rama Rao
Titled NTR Kathanayakudu, this film is an in-depth look at the life of NTR, who was a popular film star and a politician. The movie released today and is already a hit among Telugu movie fans. Nandamuri Balakrishna, son of NTR, essays the role of his late father with brilliance while Vidya Balan plays Basava Tarakam, his wife. Read our full review of the film here.
Another biopic releasing this week, The Accidental Prime Minister explores the life of the economist and politician who served as the PM of India for two terms. The movie is based on the memoir by Indian policy analyst Sanjaya Baru and discusses the kind of control Manmohan Singh had over the cabinet and the country as well as his relationship with the Congress party.
Made in both Marathi and Hindi, the biopic based on the Shiv Sena leader is titled Thackeray with Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui essaying the politician’s role. The film explores his journey as the right-wing Marathi manoos and how he came to form his party in Bombay Mumbai. It is set for a release on the 25th of January, two days after Balasaheb’s 93rd birth anniversary.
Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Starring superstar Mammootty in the titular role, the Telugu film titled Yatra focuses on the events leading up to the politician padayatra or “journey on foot” across Andhra Pradesh in 2003. During the course of the journey, YSR had many revelations that changed his life and shaped his short-lived career as Chief Minister. The movie hits the screens on the 8th of February.
Not much has been revealed about this film yet but the first look itself has film-goers buzzing. Titled PM Narendra Modi, this film stars Vivek Oberoi playing the role of the current Prime Minister of India. It is set to release in 23 languages and we can hope to see it in theatres this year itself.
You might have to wait for the release of PM Narendra Modi but you catch NTR Kathanayakudu and The Accidental Prime Minister in theatres near you this weekend. So get booking!