Bollywood movies have been one of the biggest sources of the detailed information on some of the major real life events, stories and/or people. Following a list of 21 Bollywood movies that were Fully/Partially based either on a true story, a real life event or a person.

 

Bollywood Movies Based On Real Life Incidents

 

1. Sarkar

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Partially inspired by life of Bal Thackrey

This Amitabh Bachchan starrer was partially based on the life of an Indian politician named Bal Keshav Thackrey, who was the founder of Shiv Sena.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma

Starcast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Kay Kay Menon, Tanisha Mukherjee, Anupam Kher

 

 2. No one killed Jessica

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Based on Jessica Lal Murder Case

This bollywood movie was based on the Jessica Lal murder case. Jessica was shot by son of a congress nominated member of parliament on 30 April 1999 at 2 am.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta

Starcast: Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan

 

3. Company

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Based on Indian Mafia Organization ‘D Company’

With Ajay Devgan in the lead role this crime thriller is one of the best gangster movies ever from the bollywood. This bollywood flick is loosely based on the indian mafia organization D Company which is known to be run by the most wanted don Dawood Ibrahim.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma

Starcast: Mohanlal, Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Manisha Koirala, Seema Biswas, Antara Mali

 

4. The attacks of 26/11

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Based on Mumbai attacks of 26/11

The attacks of 26/11 was the first bollywood docudrama movie ever based on the mumbai attacks of 2008. The attacks were carried out by 10 members of Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba who entered mumbai via the sea. The 10 gunmen included Ajmal Kasab, who was caught by the mumbai police during the gruesome and chaotic attacks.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma

Starcast: Nana Patekar, Sanjeev Jaiswal

 

5. Special 26

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Based on 1987 Opera House Heist

This bollywood movie is based on a heist that took place in the The Opera House in 1987.

Director: Neeraj Pandey

Starcast: Akshay Kumar, Kajal Aggarwal, Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta, Anupam Kher

 

6. Shootout at Lokhandwala

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Based on Lokhandwala Complex Shootout that occured in 1991

Shootout at Lokhandwala is a bollywood crime movie that depicts the story behind the shootout at the Lokhandwala Complex That occured between gangsters and the Mumbai Police in 1991.

Director: Apoorva Lakhia

Starcast: Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Amitabh Bachchan, Arbaaz Khan, Vivek Oberoi

 

7. Black Friday

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Based on 1993 Bombay Bombings

This movie depicts the true story behind the Bombay Bomb Blasts that occured in 1993.

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Starcast: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Shrivastava, Imtiaz Ali, Pratima Kazmi, Zakir Hussain

 

8. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

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Based on the real life of Milkha Singh, The Flying Sikh

We all know him by the name “The Flying Sikh”. This bollywood movie is based on the life of an Indian Athlete, Milkha Singh.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash

Starcast: Farhan Akhtar, Art Malik, Sonam Kapoor, Hikaru Ito, Meesha Shafi, Divya Dutta, Pawan Malhotra, Yograj Singh, Prakash Raj, Japtej Singh, Jass Bhatia

 

9. Gangs of Wasseypur

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Based on the Coal Mafia of Dhanbad

This action packed bollywood flick depicts the story of the coal mafia of Dhanbad. The movie has two parts that portrays the story of the mafia over the generations.

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Starcast: Manoj Bajpai, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vineet Kumar Singh, Piyush Mishra, Pankaj Tripathi, Richa Chadda, Reemma Sen

 

10. Manjhi – The Mountain Man

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Based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi

This biographical bollywood movie depicts the life of Dashrath Manjhi, who is known as “The Mountain Man”.

Director: Ketan Mehta

Starcast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Urmila Mahanta, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Gaurav Dwivedi