Real To Reel : Bollywood Crime Movies Based On True Events

Amar Singh Rathore

There is always a certain kind of excitement and realness in watching cinema which imitates real life. Films inspired from real life incidents depict reality on the reel which bring history into life as well. Not to forget, they are engrossing, nail-biting and most importantly, 100 percent original. While today’s cinema is all about biopics and real life stories which has become more of a trend off lately, we bring you a few crime films which took inspiration from what actually happened in some part of time!

Neerja : The film’s plot is based on a real-life event: Libyan-backed Abu Nidal Organization’s hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986. The film is shown from the point of view of the flight’s head purser, Neerja Bhanot played by Sonam Kapoor, who thwarted the hijack attempt by alerting the pilots, thus grounding the plane. The courageous Neerja sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers.


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Chhapaak : Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone talked about the after-math in the life of Laxmi, an acid-attack survivor from the capital. The film normalizes and aggravates the cause and the conditions of the acid-attack survivors to a great extent and ends up winning in the whole process. Genuinely, a commendable work of cinema.  The hard-hitting dialogues, heartfelt performances and telling about a strong cause with a progressive mindset sums up the whole film. 


Talvar : Directed by Meghna Gulzar again, Talvar starring Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi was a hard-hitting crime-thriller, the film was based on the 20188 family murder case which was in the headlines. The film follows the investigation of a case from three different perspectives in which her parents are either guilty or innocent of the murder charges by the police investigation, the first Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe and an investigation by a different CBI team.


Shootout At Lokhandwala : Based on the infamous 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout, Shootout At Lokhandwala was an action-crime film directed by Apoova Lakhia. The movie intensely showed the incident which happened at Lokhandwala complex, ie, a real life gun battle between gangsters and the Mumbai Police.


So which one is your most favorite crime-based film which is inspired from true events which you would like to add in this list? Tell us in the comments below.

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