5 Indian Biopics I Want To Watch On Silver Screen
Mani Ratnam. period. Guru was as close as it can get.4. SANJAY GANDHI
The prodigal son, the future leader prospect, the cunning politician, the entrepreneur, the assassination attempt, the reforms and the film controversy and the untimely death (allegedly a sabotage). That’s a Frederick Forsyth novel on your plate.
The film can start in the backdrop of the pre-emergency period with him working at Rolls-Royce. It can cover his pilot’s training, starting of Maruti Udyog and planning the Indian middle-class car, marrying Maneka Gandhi, entering hardcore politics with the emergency and outshining Indira Gandhi, running the sterilization program, getting imprisoned for ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’, assasination attempt, him getting elected as the secretary general of congress party, to his death a month later in a copter crash. Just add a conspiracy theory and it is a political thriller.
Akshay Khanna as Sanjay Gandhi/ Divya Datta as Indira Gandhi/ Benaf Dadachandji as Maneka Gandhi/ Rahul Bose as Rajeev Gandhi/ Amit Sadh as Bansi Lal
Shoojit Sircar. He nailed it in Madras Cafe…
Our very own John Nash, Mathematics genius, child prodigy, Guiness book of world record holder, author and the pioneer of homosexuality studies in India. This one is a national award winning role if done properly.
This biopic will have to cover huge time span from a pre-independent India to the new millenium. It should start at her fathers circus where he was a trapeze artist, lion tamer, rope walker and a magician, where she memorised a card game at the age of three. Her dad’s roadshows with her, performing at Mysore university at the age of six, them moving to London,her Europe tour, coming back, marrying the advocate, performance at NYC, divorce, Guiness book of world records and the piece on her by Arthur Jensen, her fight for decriminalizing homosexuality. The film has the spices of a brilliant biopic using the narrative style.
Tabu as Shakuntala Devi
2. RAVI SHANKAR
The film can cover his growing up years when his dad left their family, his relationship with dancer brother Uday Shankar, training from Ustaad Allauddin Khan to marrying his daughter Annapurna Devi, separation, relationship with Kamala Shastri and later Sue Jones revolving around his different tours and then marrying Sukanya Rajan and relationship with his two daughters. A tale of Love &andpassion in the backdrop of music.
Ranvir Shorey as Ravi Shankar/ Konkona as Annapurna Devi/ Kalki Koechlin as Sue Jones/ Revathy as Sukanya Rajan/ Isha Sharvani as Kamala Shastri
1. AMRITA PRITAM
Romance cant ever be better than this. One of the best poets in India with three love stories in her life and her words which can kill and make you feel alive at the same time.
Set in the backdrop of the pre independent India, her first collection of romantics poems, marrying Pritam Singh, moving on to social causes, career in All India Radio, relationship with Sahir Ludhianvi, her work during partition, divorcing Pritam Singh and love life with Imroz, numerous awards and the play based on her by M.S. Sathyu. The film can be narration through M.S. Sathyu and should finish at the screening of Ek thee amrita. A very poetic screenplay with some amazing music.
Raveena Tandon as Amrita Pritam/ Kay Kay Menon as Sahir Ludhianvi/ Jackie Shroff as Imroz/ Rajit Kapoor as M.S.Sathyu/ Parmeet Sethi as Pritam Singh
AND MANY MORE
While writing this, there are so many other personalities which came in my mind but I could put them in the most-wanted list. Want to mention five among those names…
6. Prannoy Roy: A man who made news out of news. A biopic seriously needed for the ‘Television personality of the millenium’.
7. Rekha: The queen bee of Indian film industry
8. P.C Sorcar: The king of Indian magic
9. Tenzing Norgay: Aint no mountain high enough for the most popular Sherpa
and 10. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb: The most power hungry human being born on Indian soil.
That sums up my list. To all the readers, I want to mention that this is a list based on what I feel and its totally my perspective. Well you might like a movie made on Akash Chopras life for all that matters, but this list is MINE and I demand to watch these personalities on screen. So please inform your filmmaker friends to go through my list very carefully if they are short of any ideas. Just let them know, I would charge a meager five percent of the story fee as concept charge. Until then, this viking is signing off with a thought worth pondering over.
” Melody itna chocolaty kyun hai bhai”?
[The writer is Mumbai-based entertainment professional and Creative Director of Mango People Media. He can be reached at @Victionary on Twitter]
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