Political Biopics in Bollywood

Truth is stranger than fiction and the life and times of prominent personalities have often provided inspiration to Bollywood writers. After producing biopics on sports icons like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Milkha Singh, Mary Kom and the Phogat sisters, politics seems to be the flavour of the season for Bollywood. Gear up for at least half a dozen political biopics based on current and former politicians. The timing of this trend is no surprise. With the general elections coming up next year, these films will probably serve the propaganda of various political parties.

Among the most eagerly awaited political biopics is Thackrey based on the political journey of former Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thackrey. The casting of the film is a major coup with the talented actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui essaying the complex role. Written by Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut, the biopic has been directed by Abhijit Panse. Thackrey will be released in Hindi, Marathi and, English in January 2019. Yet another political figure’s life will be portrayed on screen in The Accidental Prime Minister based on former PM Manmohan Singh. Veteran actor Anupam Kher will play the titular role while German-born actress Suzanne Bernert has been cast as Sonia Gandhi. Based on the memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru, the film has been written by Hansal Mehta and is being directed by Vijay Gutte.

Another film being produced with an eye on the upcoming general elections is the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The mega-budget film will be directed by Mitesh Patel with well-known actor Paresh Rawal playing the role of the Prime Minister. Figuring prominently in this long list of political biopics is Tashkent focusing on the suspicious death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Thespian Naseeruddin Shah will play the role of the former Prime Minister while the film will be directed by Vivek Agnihotri. Actress Vidya Balan is also excited to essay the role of another former PM Indira Gandhi in a web-series based on Sagarika Ghose’s book Indira: The Most Powerful Prime Minister.