10 Bollywood Crime Movies Based On True Stories

Wednesday - 28 November, 2017

Movies based on real life crimes are always an interesting watch. Bollywood is not only about dance and drama. Bollywood has produced cult crime films like Satya, Shool, Gangs of Wasseypur, Maqbool, Haider and much more.

Real life crimes inspire some of these movies, but the makers had to change the locations and names because you know people get offended. Here is Bollywood Movies Based on Real Life Crimes which I have personally watched and liked.

10 Bandit Queen (1994)

Bandit Queen (1994) is a film based on the life of Phoolan Devi. Seema Biswas who plays Phoolan Devi in the film is married to a guy named Puttilal. Phoolan is a victim of child marriage and is exposed to sexual and exploitative abuses. Phoolan runs away from his husband and faces abuse from fellow villagers. Directed by Shekhar Kapur, Bandit Queen tells the story of a woman who becomes a bandit because of social circumstances.

Based On: Real Life Story of Phoolan Devi.

9 Hey Ram (2000)

Hey Ram (2000) is a story about a man Saketh Ram who belongs to a wealthy family. His wife got raped and killed by a mob during the India-Pakistan partition. Saketh is convinced that M.K Gandhi is responsible for all the problems in the country and sets out to kill him. Eventually, he learns that Gandhi’s teachings are about love and peace and changes his mind. Directed by Kamal Haasan the film is set during the period of India-Pakistan partition and how an assassin Nathuram Godse killed Gandhi.

Based On: Assassin of M.K Gandhi by Nathuram Godse.

8 Black Friday (2004/07)

Black Friday (2004/07) is Anurag Kashyap’s debut film. His first film Paanch never saw a theatrical release. Black Friday is based on the crime novel of the same name by S. Hussain Zaidi. Kashyap honestly tells the story about 1993 Bombay Bombings. The film starts with the riots that happened in Bombay where many Muslim’s houses and offices were burned. Tiger Memon (played by Pavan Malhotra) lost his office in the riots. He along with some people plans the bomb blasts. The story follows, and Kashyap shows us how Dawood Ibrahim was involved in the Bomb Blasts.

Based On: 1993 Bombay Bombings.

7 Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) is about Maya (played by Vivek Oberoi) and Bhua (played by Tusshar Kapoor) who are gangsters. Maya is the right hand of the don in Dubai (indirectly referring to Dawood Ibrahim). Maya’s mother (played by Amrita Singh) tells him to abandon his partnership with Don in Dubai and start his own operations independently. Following this, the don in Dubai pulls out his support and police start a mission to encounter Maya and his associates.

Based On: 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout.

6 Firaaq (2008/09)

Firaaq (2008/09) is about 2002 Gujarat riots. Directed by Nandita Das, the film follows the life of several ordinary people whose lives are affected and (irrevocably) changed. It shows how some people remained silent and innocent people became victims of perpetrators.

Based On: 2002 Gujarat Riots.

5 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010)

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010) is about how Dawood Ibrahim rose to become the don of Bombay. The movie depicts the growth of crime and smuggling in Bombay (now Mumbai). Ajay Devgn plays Sultan Mirza (Haji Mastan Mirza) who is a criminal and deals with smuggling and stuff. Despite being a criminal, he has a heart of gold and is a godfather-like figure to the people. Emraan Hashmi who plays Shoaib Khan (Dawood Ibrahim Kashkar) wants to get rich and powerful like Sultan Mirza. The story continues, and Milan Luthria shows us how Shoaib made his way into Mirza’s gang.

Based On: Real-life incident between Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim.

4 No One Killed Jessica (2011)

No One Killed Jessica (2011) is a story of a girl Jessica who got murdered by son of a wealthy politician. The film tells the story of a journalist who is interested in the case teams up with the sister of murdered model to bring justice to Jessica’s case. The film is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta.

Based On: Murder of Jessica Lal.

3 Not a Love Story (2011)

Not a Love Story (2011) is a story of a guy Robin who murders Ashish because his girlfriend got intimate with him. Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, the film is inspired from the famous 2008 Neeraj Grover murder case.

Based On: 2008 Neeraj Grover Murder Case.

2 Gangs of Wasseypur – series (2012)

Gangs of Wasseypur – series consists of two films. Kashyap wanted to make one film but the duration of the film went over 5 hours, so the film was released in two parts. Gangs of Wasseypur tells the story of Coal Mafia in Bihar-Jharkhand.

Based On: Story of Coal Mafia in Bihar-Jharkhand

1 Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Paan Singh Tomar (2012) is a biographical film based on the true story of athlete Paan Singh Tomar. Paan Singh is a sepoy in Indian Army. He joins the sports division because there is no limit on their diet. Paan Singh participates in various national and international level tournaments and wins a gold medal. He retires from the army to settle his family disputes. The film is about how a national level athlete becomes a rebel (baaghi).

Based On: The life of Indian Athlete Paan Singh Tomar.

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