first_imgWith PM Narendra Modi, 2019 has 15 biopics. Why is Bollywood in love with real stories?Is it the readymade story or the past success of such films, which have made biopics the rage these days? We try and decode Bollywood’s new obsession with the genre. Vibha Maru New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 19:56 IST From PM Narendra Modi to acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Bollywood is obsessing over biopics.PM Narendra Modi, the biopic on the Indian Prime Minister, is dominating conversations from drawing rooms to newsroom debates. The Omung Kumar-directed biopic is the latest in the long list of biopics that Bollywood has planned for itself this year. 2019 has 15 biopics in the pipeline, with two of them – Manikarnika on Rani Laxmibai and Thackeray on Bal Thackeray – already been released. We are now looking at the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The number of biopics in 2019 is a straight double from what we saw in 2018. In the coming days, we have big actors from Ranveer Singh and Hrithik Roshan to Deepika Padukone and Janhvi Kapoor, all starring in biopics.But why the sudden interest in biopics? Is it the readymade story or the past success of such films, which have made biopics the rage these days? We try and decode Bollywood’s new obsession with the genre and why filmmakers see such huge potential in these films.BOLLYWOOD’S ‘MOB MENTALITY’Seeing the blockbuster performance of past biopics, like Neerja, Dangal, Dhoni: The Untold Story and more, it is a given that biopics have become the new success mantra that filmmakers swear by. But this also shows that Bollywood is probably running out of fresh ideas. But more than that, it reflects the Hindi film industry’s mob mentality, as director Vikram Bhatt rightly pointed out earlier today.”There are some stories which people even don’t know about but still they watch it. I have been directing films in Bollywood since the last 26-27 years and before that, I was assistant director for 10 years. So in my journey, I have witnessed mob behaviour like this and the trend of biopics is a result of the same.”advertisementHe went on to say, “If a biopic works, people start making biopics. If comedy films work, then people start making comedy films and then if action films start working, they make action films. So it’s a phase and we have to see how long this phase lasts.”‘LACK OF REAL-LIFE HEROES TODAY’Cinema is a reflection of desires and what better than picking a real-life rags-to-riches story and showing it on 70mm! More than feeding the drama, cinema looks to inspire people and since we lack inspiring heroes in this age, filmmakers are flipping the history pages to dig out role models from the past.As Tigmanshu Dhulia, who directed athlete Paan Singh Tomar’s biopic, said, “I feel the society is lacking heroes at the moment, and that is why directors are going in the past to get a hero. The current generation is lacking a hero, an inspiration.”Tigmanshu is currently working on two-three ideas for a biopic. He said, “If I reveal the name now, people might just jump on it. But there are two-three biopics on my mind.” But that trend is not quite true, given that we have biopics coming up on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak and Super 30 on Anand Kumar starring Hrithik Roshan. Both of these are ‘common’ heroes, from today. So is the charm of a readymade story at hand that entices filmmakers?READYMADE STORYThe storyline of any film is its key and the most difficult element. It’s the core factor that can make or break a film. And, for a filmmaker, half the job is done when they have a story in hand. Even better if it is picked up from real life.Also, since these stories have been in the public domain for a long time and have been revered by people, biopics have become a sure-shot way of success.FILMMAKERS CASH IN ON FAN BASE OF THE CHARACTERS THEY ARE MAKING BIOPICS ONThis factor mainly comes into play in case of sports and politicians’ biopics. As was seen in the case of films like Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and more. Apart from the general audience, fans of these sports icons throng the theatres to see their story come into life on 70 mm, in turn benefiting the filmmaker. The same is true for filmmakers when they choose to put on screen the story of a political leader. Take PM Narendra Modi biopic, for example. The film is being released on April 5, less than a week before India goes to polls, and political parties all over the country are knocking on the doors of the Election Commission to get the release of the film deferred. The fear? PM Narendra Modi, the biopic, can sway votes in favour of the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.advertisementSTARS’ LOVE AFFAIR WITH BIOPICSFrom Ranveer Singh in 83, Deepika Padukone in Chhapaak, Ajay Devgn in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Aamir Khan in Osho’s biopic – the list is long and consists of almost all A-listers. And why not? Immortalising a character on screen ends up working in favour of the actor too. In Padmaavat, for example, Ranveer Singh’s fantastic performance as Alauddin Khilji got him laurels from all over the world. Such was his performance, that for a long time after the film was over, Ranveer was addressed as ‘Khilji’ from media interactions to social media. If playing a negative character can get Ranveer the opportunity to be identified as the person he played, imagine what a role like that of Kapil Dev (if done well) can do. Aamir Khan showed the same level of expertise with Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal.Will the trend of biopics last long? Or will Bollywood eventually grow out of the phase? Guess we will have to wait and see.ALSO READ| Vivek Oberoi as Narendra Modi chants Ye Desh Nahin Mitne Dunga in first song from biopic. Watch videoALSO READ| Abhishek Bachchan to romance Taapsee Pannu in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Sahir Ludhianvi biopic?ALSO WATCH: Abhishek signs Sahir Ludhianvi biopicGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Aamir KhanFollow Deepika PadukoneFollow Ranvir SinghFollow Janhvi Kapoorlast_img

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