It's biopic time in Bollywood

Vidya Balan

Bollywood does not venture much into the territory of biopics but the success of movies like 'Chak De India' and 'The Dirty Picture' is inspiring filmmakers to bring interesting life-stories on the big screen.

Vidya Balan's dare-bare act as 70s Southern sex symbol Silk Smitha in the Milan Lutheria film not only earned her critical acclaim but also made hay at the box office.

The actress put on weight to bring into focus the forgotten story of the dancing star, who died in suspicious circumstances.

Filmmakers are often reluctant to explore the territory of biopics because of the possibility of controversies regarding accuracy, family objection and so on. But the amalgamation of fact and fiction in films have found a new liking with the audience in recent times.

Director Anurag Basu is making a biopic on Kishore Kumar and has roped in 'Rockstar' fame Ranbir Kapoor to bring alive the colourful life of the yesteryear singer-actor on screen.

Basu has said that he wants to cover every aspect of Kishore Kumar's life, his four marriages including one to Madhubala.

'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' to be produced and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is based on the life of legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh.

Earlier, Mehra had successfully linked the freedom struggle of Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad to modern times in 'Rang De Basanti'.

Actor-turned-director Farhan Akhtar is essaying the iconic role of the legendary athlete and he says he is very fortunate to play the role of the 'Flying Sikh'.

Farhan is leaving no stone unturned to get into shape for the demanding role in the film, which will hit theatres later this year.

"I am fortunate enough to play an iconic person (Milkha) on screen. I will be forcing him to accept that I am playing his role. I think that will be enough. I have started running regularly," Farhan had said.

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