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Bollywood gets inspired by real life

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, February 09, 2013
First Published: 18:19 IST(9/2/2013) | Last Updated: 09:05 IST(11/2/2013)

2013 is the year of reality for Bollywood, it seems. From biopics to real-life incidents, we are all set to see real life recreated on the big screen this year. Take a look at the upcoming movies inspired by reality.

Zila Ghaziabad
Zila Ghaziabad is based on the true story of the gang war between two powerful rival groups of Gujjar, which took place in the 90s in the district of Ghaziabad. In the movie, one of the gangs is led by Satbir Gujjar (Vivek Oberoi) and the other one by Mahender Fauji Bainsla Gujjar(Arshad Warsi. Sanjay Dutt plays a police officer in the movie. Anand Kumar has directed the movie.
We expect some high quotient political drama and action in the movie.
Expected release: February 22, 2013



The Attacks of 26/11

Based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the film is restricted to the night of the incident. Ram Gopal Verma has focused on the turn of events between 9 pm to 1 am when Ajmal Kasab was caught. RGV made some last-minute changes in the movie after Ajmal Kasab's hanging on 21 November 2012. Apparently, the filmmakers have relied heavily on the eyewitnesses, police statements and judgment for an intense research of the film. Ram Gopal Verma selected Sanjeev Jaiswal for the role of Ajmal Kasab after auditioning at least 500 candidates.
We expect Ram Gopal Verma to re-ignite his Satya magic with this crime thriller.
Expected release: March 1, 2013



Shootout at Wadala

Inspired by the first-ever registered encounter by Mumbai Police in 1982, the movie is a prequel to Sanjay Gupta's Shootout at Lokhandwala. The crime-drama film written and directed by Sanjay Gupta is based on the book Dongri to Dubai written by Hussain Zaidi. The film shows gangster Manya Surve (played by John Abraham) and the encounter where he was shot dead, at the junction next to Dr Ambedkar college, Wadala, Mumbai on 1 November 1982.
We expect John Abraham to show some brilliant acting skills in the negative role.
Expected release: May 1, 2013

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Based on the life of former athlete Milkha Singh, the movie talks about his perseverance as an athlete and also as a courageous human spirit. Produced and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the movie has Farhan Akhtar playing Milkha Singh and Sonam Kapoor doning the character of his love interest.
The Flying Sikh has been personally involved with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s project right from the start. As for Farhan Akhtar, whether it was losing weight, growing a beard and his hair, or training hard to achieve a runner’s body, the filmmaker-actor has left no stone unturned. Interestingly, the film’s title has been sourced from Milkha’s father’s last words to him during the pre-Partition massacre. It’s also believed that the runner sold the rights to his story for just Rs. 1 to the makers. The film will also trace Milkha’s love affair before his marriage.
The movie will bring to light the struggles of Milkha Singh and the strengths of his personality.
Expected release: July 2013

Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Again
Directed by Milan Luthria, the movie is a sequel to the 2010 hit film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. Although the filmmakers refute it, the storyline is inspired by the rivalry between gangsters Dawood and Chota Rajan. Milan Luthria claims that the film isn’t all blood-and-gore. Instead, it will have heavy dollops of romance and drama, he adds.
This is Milan Luthria’s movie after his last hit, The Dirty Picture. We expect Luthra to excel in the crime thriller as well as he did in The Dirty Picture.
Expected release: August 8, 2013

Satyagraha- Democracy Under Fire
Directed by Prakash Jha, the political thriller is loosely based on the Anna Hazare movement against the corrupt system. While Amitabh Bachcan plays the role of Anna Hazare, Kareena Kapoor is said be donning the role of an international journalist inspired by Christian Amanpour. Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpai and Arjun Rampal too play lead roles in the movies. 
Being the ace of political thrillers, Prakash Jha is likely to bring delectable piece of art to the silver screen late this year.
Expected release: August 23, 2013

There have been a few stories of late, reality has been one of the major inspirations for Bollywood filmmakers. Here are a few examples: 

Special 26
The movie was based on a real-life robbery where a group of conmen posing as CBI officers executed a daylight income tax raid. The incident took place in Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai in 1987. The film opened to great appreciation from the critics this Friday. Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher play conmen in the film while Jimmy Shergil and Manoj Bajpai play a cop and a CBI official respectively.
Release date: February 8, 2013



Gangs of Wasseypur (Part I and II)
Co-written by Zeishan Qadri who hails from Wasseypur, the movie was an Indian crime film that talks about the crime involved in coal business in Jharkhand. The movie foccused around power struggles, politics and vengeance between three criminal families across the period from the early 1940s to mid-1990s. All the characters in movie were inspired by real-life characters, claims Zeishan Qadri, co-writer of the movie, who also played the role of Definite Khan in the second part of the movie. Manoj Bajpai, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles.
Release date: June 2012 (Part I), August 2012 (Part II)



Paan Singh Tomar
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Paan Singh Tomar was biopic based on the true story of an athlete Paan Singh Tomar who was employed by the Indian Army. The movie revolves around incidents that forced the athlete to quit from the Defence services and ultimately take to the guns. Irrfan Khan plays the lead role, with Mahie Gill, Vipin Sharma and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in supporting roles.
Release date: March 2, 2012

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