Bollywood biopic boom beckons!

By HT

Bollywood is ready to go on biopic-spree. Come July 12 and Farhan Akhtar will portray Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. He isn't alone. Other A-league actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra too are set to impersonate legends. As many as five biopics are lined up for silver screen. Of
them two deal with sports' greats, one with a freedom fighter and the other two with Bollywood greats.

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh is one of the living Olympics legends whose life is being portrayed on the silver screen by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Athlete Milkha Singh secured several medals in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in late 50s and early 60s. He was also awarded Padma Shri in 1959. Farhan Akhtar plays Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Sonam Kapoor essays the role of the athlete's love interest. The film is set for release on July 12.

Indian Express in a feature says this about how Mehra conjured up the period: "The Pakistani army, upon request from their Indian counterparts, provided the film's costume head, Dolly Ahluwalia, with access to a tailor from Rawalpindi who used to stitch uniforms for their army in the '50s. They also sent the official insignia for the costume of Pakistani General Ayub Khan. The Olympic associations stepped in too, especially in Melbourne, providing them with archival material and access to sports museums for research. While the crew shot partly on location, the various races have been recreated using special effects."

MC Mary Kom is an Indian boxer who is a five-time World Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She also won the bronze at 2012 Summer Olympics. A mother of two, her life immediately became a popular inspirational story. Mary has also been awarded with Padma Shri (2006) and Padma Bhushan (2013). Priyanka Chopra has begun shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's biopic on Mary Kom.

Gour Hari Das fought for 32 years in liberated India for a freedom fighter's certificate. The 80-year-old Kandivali resident struggled with the bureaucratic system in free India. National award winner Ananth Mahadevan is making Gaur Hari Daastan. The movie is a realistic take on the fall of law and utter callousness of officials. Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey will feature in the movie.

Talking about the movie, Ananth Mahadevan told Economic Times that the film is rooted in Indian soil with the backdrop of freedom struggle but it would not lampoon the British.

Kishore Kumar, the multi-faceted talent and the intriguing persona too will be relayed on celluloid. The actor-singer not only entertained the world but also had an eventful personal life. From four marriages to taking up various responsibilities in film making, the actor's life has Bollywood fans interested and how. Ranbir Kapoor is set to play Kishore Kumar in Anurag Basu's view of the legend. The film is scheduled to go on floors next year (2014).

Guru Dutt is the mesmerizing filmmaker-actor whose cinema is tutorial in film-making itself! Be it his passionate relationship with Waheed Rehman or his unhappy marital life with Geeta Dutt, followers of his cult cinema would always crave to know more. Bhawna Talwar is set to make a film on a visionary who died when all of 39. Further details are awaited.

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