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Real goes reel

Bollywood is about to get seriously real with a slew of biopics in the pipeline.

bollywood Updated: May 14, 2011 02:56 IST
Robin Bansal

Bollywood is about to get seriously real with a slew of biopics in the pipeline.

Mungerilal dons Nazi hat
Directed by debutant Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, Dear Friend Hitler is the Indian version of the Nazi leader’s life. It shows Raghuvir Yadav as Adolf Hitler and Neha Dhupia as his partner Eva Braun. “No one in Bollywood could dare to attempt this topic because of the risk involved in the language, because it’s a period film. This is the first time that Bollywood has adapted a foreign subject and doing it in Hindi,” says scriptwriter Nalin Singh, who is also playing a pivotal role in the project.

Akbar vs Naseer for Saddam
Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein is going to be seen in two biopics in Bollywood - a docu-drama titled From President to Prisoner, starring Akbar Khan in the lead while the other by Nalin Singh, titled The Trial of Saddam Hussein, with Naseeruddin Shah as the protagonist. “My script is ready. The film will have a day-to-day account of the courtroom trials of Saddam, including the killings of his lawyers. I’ll also focus on his Indian connections too, including that he supported India on Kashmir,” says Singh.

Osama to spook Obama
Talk of current events and the former ‘World’s most wanted man’ is the first one to get inspired. And if things fall in order, Ram Gopal Varma just might green lit a project on al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's afterlife that shows what happens to him after he was buried in the sea and where he is shown to rise as a ghost and haunt the White House. Tentatively titled Terror Turns To Horror: al Qaeda Part 2, it is being scripted by Varna himself for the thrill of it.

Nothing that Rajini‘kan’t’
His name is preceded with the title Superstar and there is nothing really that Rajini‘kan’t’ do, at least on the celluloid. And now taking a giant leap with an aim to direct a biopic on the biggest phenomenon India's ever seen — Rajinikanth — is Atul Agnihotri. To be reportedly directed by debutant Llyod Baptista, the cast of the same has not been decided yet. It is to be seen who will get into the superstar's shoes and ape his style for his unbelievable life story.

Will Sonia’s biopic happen?
Filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra is waiting to get an approval since more than half a decade to wield the megaphone on the life of UPA chief Sonia Gandhi. Tentatively titled The life of Sonia Gandhi, the flick will throw light on her early life in Orbassano in Italy to a chance encounter with Rajiv Gandhi in Cambridge to their romance that culminated in marriage, the tragedy of losing him and eventually entering politics, showing her transition from an outsider to a national.

Who will play Salman Bhai?
Love him, hate him. You can’t forget him. Gauging a strong fan following for the macho actor Salman Khan in the south, producer B.K. Krishnan announced a movie inspired by the ups and downs in the Bollywood star's life and his failed relationships. Tentatively titled Anna Salman or Brother Salman; the lead actor for the same is yet to be finalised. "When I read the script, I immediately decided to do the movie,' said Krishnan in a statement.

Battle of the yoodle
Bollywood is on a Kishore da drive, as three filmmakers — Nagesh Kukunoor, Sudhir Mishra and Shootjit Sircar are vying to roll out a biopic on the legendary multi-faceted artist's life. While Kukunoor considered Shreyas Talpade for the lead, Mishra is eyeing Kishore da's younger son Sumit, provided he can act. Sircar's film, which is being penned by Rensil D'Silva, is currently on hold. Kukunoor has apparently spent much time with Kishore Kumar's son Amit Kumar and wife Leena Chandravarkar for anecdotes to make the biopic authentic.

Can Prateik run like Milkha?
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's dream biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, on barefoot runner Milkha Singh, will finally go on floors in August. Playing the lead is reportedly Prateik Babbar, who will portray the athlete fondly called The Flying Sikh. “The story and screenplay of the film are over. It’s a story people should know,” says Mehra. The film will chronicle the sprinter’s journey from the narrow by-lanes of Lyallpur (now in Pakistan) to the Olympics of 1960 and 1964 where he missed the bronze medal at the 400-metres race by a whisker.

Colours of passion on hold
Ketan Mehta's controversial bilingual Rang Rasiya, on the love story of 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma, played by Randeep Hooda and his muse Sugandha, essayed by Nandana Sen, is waiting in the cans to hit the screens since more than two years. Based on a Marathi novel, the film tells the story of the visionary painter, who was also a great admirer of the female form. So, a number of controversies resulted from a string of sensuous scenes between the lead actors of the movie. It’s titled Colours of Passion in English.

More Bollywood biopics:

The Dirty Picture – Silk Smith to be played by Vidya Balan

Rakta Charitra – Paritala Ravi played by Vivek Oberoi

Guru – Dhirubhai Ambani played by Abhishek Bachchan

The Legend of Bhagat Singh – Bhagat Singh played by Ajay Devgn

Shaheed – Bhagat Singh played by Bobby Deol

The Rising – Ballad of Mangal Pandey – Mangal Pandey played by Aamir Khan