There are many movies in both Bollywood and Hollywood which are inspired by real life incidents. In fact, if you are a movie buff it is good to know the background story of your favourite films. You will be thrilled to know that filmmakers go the extra length to add to the realistic quotient of the movies. Friday Fans takes a look at 6 movies which are based on true incidents.
Did you know that the character of businessman Rajiv Katiyal is based on the real-life hero Mathunny Mathews who was instrumental in the safe evacuation of Indians from Kuwait in 1990? The entire evacuation plan was spearheaded by Mr. Mathews who was popularly known as Toyota Sunny. He was helped by a number of other people in the Indian fraternity for the plan. Tony Jashanmal who was the CEO of Jashanmal National Company was the right hand man of Mr. Mathews who personally coordinated 15-16 flights every day. Of course, Akshay Kumar did a swell job in the movie, but in one of his interviews he even mentioned that he was truly inspired by the bravehearts of Kuwait.
Neerja is one of Sonam Kapoor’s memorable roles; but who is Neerja Bhanot? She was the young flight attendant who boarded the Pan Am Flight 73 without any clue that the plane was going to be hijacked. Almost everyone survived the hijack thanks to Neerja’s presence of mind and bravery. Neerja hid the passports of all the Indian-born passengers, alerted the pilot, co-pilot about a possible hijack. She could have saved herself after opening the emergency exit, but waited till everyone else moved out.
An iconic movie by Meghna Gulzar, Talvar narrated the spine-chilling events of the murder of Arushi Talvar which shook the entire nation. It was one of the most-celebrated cases of the nation with so many twists and turns that everyone apparently became confused about the identity of the real killers. There were accusations of tampering of evidences. People were shocked to the core when the parents were accused of their daughter’s murder. Meghna Gulzar had done an amazing job with the script by narrating the story in an extremely unbiased manner.
No One Killed Jessica
It was the headline in one of the leading English dailies in India when it announced that ‘No One Killed Jessica’ when there were thousands of eye witnesses for the budding model’s murder. Delhi is the citadel of power and politics and it surely flexes its muscles when required. That’s what happened in the case of Jessica Lal murder where a very drunken politician’s son shot her at point blank range. Even though it was an open and shut case, it dragged on for years much to the misery of the Lal family. Later, with the intervention of media, the case was taken up by the fast track court and everyone who had tampered with evidence and with the witness was penalized. The film’s name points at the irony of the entire episode.
When a woman says ‘no’, it means no. All ugly truths are learnt in the harder way and three girls from Pink manage to do the same. The capital has always been considered unsafe for women, and Pink narrates the story of three women who are carefree and want to live life in their own terms. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to do so, because society dictates otherwise. Pink is a slap on the Indian society which tells you that women have the liberty to live life on their own terms.
In the history of genocide, the massacre of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka is probably the worst. Before that LTTE Chief Prabhakaran was killed after much planning. Madras Café is one of the finest narratives ever made as it explores the careful planning of the Indian Intelligence to nab Prabhakaran. After many unsuccessful attempts, it was made possible.