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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the biopic on the life of the renowned athlete Milkha Singh, lovingly known as ‘The Flying Sikh’ went on to earn 100 crores. Paan Singh Tomar, the story of an athlete turned rebel, went on to win the Best Feature Film in the 60th National Film Awards. Mary Kom, the journey of a boxer to win the 2008 World Boxing Championship, won the title of The Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 62nd National Film Awards. Shahid, the movie based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai, went on to win the National Film Award For Best Actor and Best Director at the 61st National Film Awards. Dirty Picture, the biopic on the controversy-courting South Indian actress Silk Smitha garnered applauds from the audience and critics alike. Dangal, the biographical sports drama that portrays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat who teaches his two daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat wrestling, who become India’s first female wrestlers to win the Commonwealth Games, is the second-highest grossing Indian film today, after Bahubali. This is the golden era for biographical tales in Indian Cinema.
People draw inspiration from those around them, from the strangers they encounter in day to day life, from the unusual success stories that they read in the newspaper, from the Bollywood stars through their lives as showcased in media, and from the fictional characters depicted in movies. Since cinema is the medium almost everyone is acquainted with and seeks emotional solace from, it’s the best one to elucidate on lives of famous personalities, their struggle, and strife before success graced them.
Every hugely successful person has one flaw that we don't know about. That vulnerability when exposed gives us the much-needed motivation to dream ahead in life, and achieve all our goals; it boosts our confidence and keeps us from wallowing in self-pity. People talking about their lows when they are at the pinnacle of success connects them with the common folk, it makes things feel real and achievable. They have been rubbed hard in the past and thus are polished to shine brightly now. Hardships and flaws are shared these days without hesitation.
Biopics are also made on the unsung heroes of the society, who make news for a few days and are then easily forgotten. Manjhi: The Mountain Man, Neerja, Sarbjit, Azhar, Raes, and Aligarh have received the love of the multiplex generation, acclaim of movie connoisseurs and praise from the critics. M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story essays the life of the Indian Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni- the hurdles he faced in the realization of his dreams as a cricketer and life as the Indian team captain. Budhiya Singh: born to run- A child from Odisha who becomes the world’s youngest marathon runner at the age of four.
So biopics are the thing of today- the level of acceptance and appreciation the public has for these movies today is far greater than ever before. Not only the cinematic representation, the stars are opening up about their personal misgivings too, candidly at that through memoirs which give way to more such movies to be made in future. Rana Daggubati is blind in his right eye and still, nothing deterred him from achieving the award-worthy feat in his acting career through Baahubali. Hrithik Roshan had speech disability while growing up and underwent speech therapy and coaching to improve. Same is with Kangana Ranaut. Abhishek Bachchan suffered from dyslexia. Sudha Chandran the dancing queen is amputated in the right feet. Karan Johar’s ‘The Unsuitable Boy’ talked of his tough childhood, when he was teased as being ‘effeminate’ and how he took classes to improve his intonation, voice projection and the way he carried himself. Rishi Kapoor went ‘Khullam Khulla’ with his memoir. Rekha, Divya Dutta, Emraan Hashmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher are more to the list.
But some stars think otherwise- Amitabh Bachchan on his 73rd birthday said that a biopic on him would be a flop, but he was okay with one on his father, the poet Harivanshrai Bachchan. Imran Khan doesn’t want to act in biopics. Dharmendra went on record saying that no one in the Hindi Film industry can play his role if a docudrama is made on him. Rekha said ‘Biographical films are not for me’. SRK wants to act in a life story narrative but said no to one on his life. Amit Kumar doesn’t want any biopics to be made on his father Kishore Kumar, and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan doesn’t want to give permission for any to be made on her life.
Apart from these recent movies, Gandhi My Father, Zubeidaa ( the story of the ill-fated actress of the same name who married Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur, the role is played by Karishma Kapoor), Legend of Bhagat Singh, Bandit Queen, and Mangal Pandey: The Rising have carved a place for themselves in the Indian movie history. The last two movies suffered criticisms and controversies. Legend of Bhagat Singh was not received well by the public, it bombed at the box-office.
Upcoming Biopics are on Rani Padmavati, Sachin Tendulkar, Kalpana Chawla, Sanjay Dutt, Rani Laxmi Bai, Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena, etc. This trend is here to stay as there is no dearth of inspiring idols and heroes from history, and the cine goers have proved ‘the more, the merrier’ as long as it captivates the imaginations and shows tales of triumph in the face of odds.
Empress Ki is the most elaborate, gripping, and thrilling series I have watched this year. And at 51 episodes, it is the longest Korean drama series I have ever watched. Even though the number seems daunting and too much, it’s worth it all. If you like period dramas, you won’t want to give this one a miss.
It was in 2016 that I first read about Empress Ki, the historical drama that had garnered much praise and accolades from the audience and critics alike. Most Korean dramas are just 16 or 20 episodes long. So 51 seemed never-ending to me then. It wasn’t until 2017 that I decided to at least try the first episode. And I was hooked. But owing to the various circumstances I didn’t continue watching it. It was just last month that I remembered this epic story and watched it to completion within just a few days. Believe it or not, midway through it, I was almost literally pulling my hair out, in anticipation of what would happen next.
I would have given this magnum opus 10/10 had it stopp…
I have always been the one to leave first. Be it luck or circumstance, it has always been this way. Some of the times it has been my decision to venture out of my comfort zone first before all my peers decide to do the same and I am left behind, alone in the old world. The decisions are out of fear of being left alone, most of the times. Or is it self-preservation instead?
I am a person who takes time to adapt, make new friends, get accustomed to new surroundings- an unlikely one to leave first- yet I do. You might think me selfish, but I am just afraid, and I decide to take care of myself first. Some might see this as a major risk-taking attitude, but I mostly see it as fleeing before the 'desertion' hits me instead. Now that's a strong word indeed. I am always in search of safe ground, always so insecure and calculating my moves lest I end up being alone on the island.
Paranoiac. Several things bother me at once. What if my peers get on with their lives leaving me behi…
"When the ego dies, the soul awakes." - Mahatma Gandhi
Why do you have such a huge ego? You cannot wear your family's name on your sleeve as an identity forever. The world wouldn't see you through the eyes of your parents who have pampered you so much for the better part of your life. Here in the real world, you will get what you give. Respect begets respect. Selfishness begets selfishness. Hate begets hate. And your 'i don't care', 'i don't give a damn', 'i am paying money for that', 'i will do as I please' attitude will give you the same.
Respect is earned. Agreed. But you should give it first to earn it back. The other person should and must be respected by default despite his class, caste, job and family background, until and unless he proves unworthy of it with time. I stand strongly by this belief.
There can be no excuse for disregard. The way you speak to me about people tells me the way you might be speaking about me t…
July has been a special month for me. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because many new beginnings, many fresh starts, and many turning points of my life have happened in July. It's mid of the year when I have looked back at what the year was like for the first six months and have anticipated and dreamt about the coming six months. Goals and resolutions are reviewed in July.
These initial days of college are all about fun, making interactions, creating friendships and increasing your network. It's less on course works and assignments. So we are trying to take full advantage of it. I have made a few friends at the hostel too, most of them are my juniors, with a huge age gap. But the good news is none of us can feel this gap. We visited the Forest Research Institute this weekend. It was a good trip. I stopped at almost every tree to take a snap and posed at every corner of the museum clicking selfies. Too much beauty in a single place. Beauty overloaded. The view of t…
Horse riding was no cake walk for me.
I feigned ignorance for months about the rule for Princesses to learn to tackle a beast like that. For weeks I would hide somewhere innocently when it was time for the lessons. The experts appointed for this task left their posts within weeks. Hah! I would make each one leave. It’s a war now, between my father - The King and me.
One morning I spotted a rather young man near the stables. The maids were gossiping how handsome he was. Some whispered he was a year or two senior to me. Huh! He must have just graduated then. Father is appointing amateurs now, I see. Had I not been home-schooled, I would have known school life for myself.
I chose the haystacks in the courtyard of the servants’ quarters to hide that day, much pleased with my choice. The sky was beautiful and so were the house-sparrows. Just as I admired my surroundings, a head popped in front of me from nowhere.
“So here you are. You’re late for your classes. Let’s go now,” he pulled …
Odia is my mother
tongue but I had never really focussed on Odia novels, given that I love
reading. Of late I realised that I should explore the culture and language of
my native land, and see for myself whether it suits my reading sensibilities. I
read “Jagyaseni” by Pratibha Ray a few years back, over a span of several
months. It is a retelling of Mahabharata from Draupadi’s perspective, which
brings about her inner turmoils, confusions, decisions, desires and dreams,
really well. It was the first Odia novel I ever read. Three days back, I
completed reading my second novel in Odia, coincidentally it is by the same
author. “Punyatoya” - literally it means the river, or ‘as pure as the river’.
It is also the name of a revered river in Indian mythology. The book has been
translated into Hindi with the same title, with the tagline “the story of a
village girl Meghi”. Other translated versions are in Marathi and Malayalam. The story follows a
young girl named Barsha, dearly called Meghi at…
One Friday evening, as I was feeling a bit lonely and homesick with nothing much to do, not even strolling on the terrace viewing the ever so beautiful mountains since it was raining hard- thus it also contributing to my gloomy mood, I decided to watch Before Sunrise. Yes, once again. A first for me. I rarely re-watch a movie. Yearning for a light-hearted yet meaningful conversation this was the best choice I had. My hostel mates were out in the city and all the people I called up were busy. Luck by chance. Thanks to the superb uninterrupted internet connection I had a great 1 hour 40 minutes that evening.
"Experiencing the otherworldly. When morning comes, we would all turn into pumpkins."
Even though it sounds like a cliche today, unplanned trips, adventures in life, serendipity and providence are romantic. Before Sunrise has all of these, when strangers indulge in light conversations, grow intrigued about each other's lives, and spend time in each other's company …