Five movies inspired from the lives of political leaders

Movies made on politicians tend to arouse curiosity among the public. It’s interesting to see the way a real-life character is portrayed on the big screen. Loaded with disclaimers and surrounded by controversies, these films always succeed in creating a buzz around them. Cinema lovers are now looking forward to watching The Accidental Prime Minister which is all set to release on December 7. It is a biographical political drama based on the life of Manmohan Singh, former prime minister of India. Only time will tell if the film maker’s perspective appeals to the viewers. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at some movies made on Indian politicians.

1. Sarkar (2005)

Sarkar is a political crime thriller, inspired by the legendary film The Godfather. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of a powerful leader having low tolerance to any form of social injustice. The film’s director Ram Gopal Varma has stated that Big B’s getup and demeanour in the movie was heavily inspired by Bal Thackeray. Sarkar is a captivating film and emphasises the ugly nature of politics

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2. Indu Sarkar (2017)

This film by Madhur Bhandarkar focuses on the 21-month Emergency period in India from 1975 to 1977. It highlights the importance of free speech and democracy in independent India. The movie was surrounded by controversies as the Congress party did not approve of the dramatic portrayal of Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi. Overall, Indu Sarkar is a riveting story depicting a troubled past in Indian history

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3. Kissa Kursi Ka (1977)

Kissa Kursi Ka is a political satire on the workings of the ruling party during the time of the Emergency. It specifically highlighted some practices of Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi which showed them in bad light. The then-government objected to the movie and it was subsequently banned. All the prints of the film were confiscated and destroyed. This act landed Sanjay Gandhi in jail and led to a great off-screen drama!  

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4. An Insignificant Man (2017)

An Insignificant Man is a socio-political documentary based on the recent rise of anti-corruption protests in India. It presents the story of the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). This is a non-fiction drama capturing the functioning of AAP from inception till the Delhi elections of 2013. It gives an insider’s view on the struggles of Arvind Kejriwal and his team in keeping their idealism alive

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5. Rakta Charitra (2010)

Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, this political action thriller is based on the controversial life of Paritala Ravindra. Paritala was a cabinet minister in Andhra Pradesh who was assassinated by his political rivals in 2005. Rakta Charitra is a gripping movie of one man’s phenomenal rise to power. It depicted the ugly and gruesome side of politics

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