It’s raining biopics in Bollywood. Here’s a lowdown on the five we’re looking forward to.
by Ritika Jain
Director: Tony D’Souza
Plot: A peek into the controversial life of India’s beloved cricket captain Mohd. Azharuddin.
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri and Lara Dutta.
Fact: In real life, Azhar was caught in a match fixing scandal in 2000 and a lifelong ban was imposed on him, which was later lifted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court. He’s currently separated from his second wife Sangeeta Bijlani, who’s trying to make a comeback in Bollywood. He taught the nuances of cricket to Emraan himself who has deep respect for the cricketer. The film is slated to release on May 13th.
Director: Omung Kumar
Plot: The story of Sarbjit Singh, a farmer residing at Bhikiwind, Punjab (near the Indo-Pak border) who crosses the border in a drunk state. He’s mistaken to be an Indian spy and sentenced to capital punishment.
Starring: Randeep Hooda and Aishwarya Rai as his sister, fighting for justice. It’s expected to release on May 20th.
Fact: Apparently Salman Khan requested his fans to sign a petition way back in 2012, in support of Dalbir Kaur who was then fighting for the release of her brother Sarbjit Singh from prison in Pakistan.
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Plot: Another wrestling film, it’s a biographical drama about Haryana based Sultan Ali Khan. Salman's character is portrayed as 'Haryana Ka Sher' and showcases his journey from being a local wrestler to becoming a mixed martial star internationally.
Starring: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma and Randeep Hooda
Fact: Salman has had to ace the Haryanvi dialect for this one. Co-star Anushka Sharma has also had to undergo gruelling training in wrestling. What’s more, Yash Raj Films plan to recreate various sporting events like the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games for the movie. The movie will be released on July 8.
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Plot: The wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat trained his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat, India’s first female wrestlers to win silver and gold respectively, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Fact: Aamir had to put on a ton weight for the role—he weighed 95 kgs for the movie. He’s currently in the process of bringing it down to around 70 kg. The movie is wife Kiran Rao’s production and speculated to be released around 15th August given it’s patriotic nature.
M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Plot: This biopic about the Indian cricket captain begins by showing him as a 20-year-old in 2001 desperate for a job in Kharagpur.
Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput
Fact: In real life, the then Divisional Railway Manager, AK Ganguly (a cricket fanatic), was desperately scouting for a wicket-keeper/batsman for his railway cricket team. He took Dhoni to the SERSA stadium and bowled 60 balls. Satisfied, Ganguly signed Dhoni up as a Ticket Examiner. Dhoni’s journey took him to winning the World Cup for India thrice. The film is scheduled for release on September 2.