15 Indian Movies Based On Real-Life Stories

Movies create a great impact on the mind of people who watch them. A good storyline should be relatable to its watchers. For this, nothing could have been better than the Real life stories and true incidents. 

It becomes more convenient and easy for the watchers to feel connected to real-life stories and events they have seen and felt. Some of these kinds of movies are named and described below. 

Raazi (2018)

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Director Name: Meghna Gulzar

Genre: Action, Drama, Spy, Thriller

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

The movie, as mentioned above, is adapted from Harinder Singh Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. The movie is a spy thriller movie based on a true story. 

The story is about Sehmat Khan, an undercover spy agent, who gets married to a Pakistani boy so that she can find some important pieces of information about her country’s enemy.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 7.7/10.

The Sky is Pink (2019)

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Director Name: Shonali Bose

Genre: Emotional, Romantic, Drama

Where to Watch: Netflix, Zee5

The movie, as mentioned above, is based on the real-life story of Aisha Chaudhary, who gets diagnosed with a pulmonary infection. 

The film shows the journey of the Chaudhary family, who learns that their daughter, Aisha, has been diagnosed with a pulmonary disorder and has much less time to live.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 7.6/10.

Special 26 (2013)

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Director Name: Neeraj Pandey

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Videos, Netflix, Apple TV

The movie, as mentioned above, is inspired by a real-life robbery that happened on 19th March 1987 at a jewelry store in the Opera House, Bombay.

That day 26 people claiming to be CBI Officials raided the shop. Later it was known by the shop owner that the group was not from CBI but a group of robbers.

In this movie, a similar story is shown where a group of 26 con men plan a robbery in the way of a raid to rob rich business people and politicians at different places, posing themselves as CBI and Income Tax officers.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 8.0/10.

No one killed Jessica (2011)

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Director Name: Raj Kumar Gupta

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos.

A real-life murder inspired the movie on 29th April 1999 in which a bar dancer, Jessica Lall, was shot dead at a bar in Delhi.

In the movie, we see how a journalist and Jessica’s sister fight against all odds, money, fame, corruption, and politics to get justice for Jessica. Eventually, after long fighting for years, they succeeded and got justice.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 7.2/10. 

Talvar (2015)

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Director Name: Meghna Gulzar

Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Where to Watch: Disney Plus Hotstar, Amazon Prime Videos

The movie is inspired by a 2008 Double Murder Mystery, Aarushi – Hemraj Murder case at Noida. 

The movie revolves around the mysterious murder of 14-year-old Aarushi and her house help, Hemraj. As per the investigation, the prime suspicion was on Mr. and Mrs. Talvar, i.e., Aarushi’s parents, who were sentenced to jail.

If you like to watch murder mysteries, that is your stop. Join the Talvars and get a look inside their household.As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 8.1/10.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017)

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Director Name: Shree Narayan Singh

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Where to Watch: Zee5, Netflix

The movie is based on the real-life story of Anita Harre, who brought out the issue of open defecation in rural areas. So many villages and households still need toilets inside their home. This movie is also an initiative towards the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan Mission.

The story is of a woman threatening her husband to either build a toilet or leave her and break their relationship.

So to win back the respect and love of his life, the husband goes against all odds, even against his family, and fights against the backward orthodox mentality of the villagers to build a toilet inside their house.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 7.2/10.

Airlift (2016)

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Director Name: Raja Menon

Genre: Action, Drama, History

Where to Watch: Voot, Amazon Prime Videos, MX Player

The movie is inspired by and based on the life story of a Kuwait-based Indian Malayali businessman, Mathunny Mathews. During the Iraqi Invasion in August 1990, he single-handedly helped and evacuated more than 170,000 Indians who got trapped in the war.

The movie shows how he helped 170,000 Indians evacuate from Kuwait over 59 days of struggle and thrilling scenes. The film will give you a sense of goosebumps and leave you with pride in your country and being an Indian.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 7.9/10.

Mission Mangal (2019)

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Director Name: Jagan Shakti

Genre: Drama, History

Where to Watch: Disney Plus Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video

The movie is based on the true events of ISRO, where after spending 298 days transit towards Mars, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Satellite was successfully launched and inserted into Mars’ Orbit on 24th September 2014. 

It was and still is a very big achievement for India as it got marked as the 4th country in the world to try something like this and the 1st country to achieve it in its first trial. Also, it was the least expensive mission to Mars.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 6.5/10.

The Attack of 26/11 (2013)

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Director Name: Ram Gopal Verma

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Where to Watch: Voot, Amazon Prime Video

The movie is based on the true events of attacks by terrorists that happened in Mumbai on 26th November 2008.

The movie shows how ten terrorists barge inside Mumbai’s Taj Hotel, CST railway station, and a few other places. 

In this movie, we see how the Mumbai police and commanders fought against this difficult situation and got hold of Ajmal Kasab, one of the perpetrators sentenced to strangle to death. The movie is a tribute to the brave souls who fought against the terrorists and saved thousands of lives.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 6.9/10.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

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Director Name: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Genre: Biography, Sports, Drama

Where to Watch: Disney Plus Hotstar, Amazon Prime Videos

The movie is inspired by the life and autobiography of Milkha Singh, an Indian Athlete. The film is a true story of the “Flying Sikh of India,” who was also a World Champion and Olympian.

 In this movie, we see his struggles to become India’s most iconic athlete, during which he faced family problems, civil wars during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness.

 As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 8.2/10.

Sarbjit (2016)

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Director Name: Omung Kumar

Genre: Biography, Drama 

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Videos

The movie is inspired by a real-life incident where Sarbjit Singh, who lived in Bhikiwind, Punjab, near the Indo-Pak border, had mistakenly crossed the border and was mistaken to be an Indian spy. 

The Pakistani court sentenced him to death and he was consequently kept for 22 years in jail. Nearly after 23 years, he got attacked by one of the prisoners and was killed. His body was flown to India, which was a thrilling and tragic return for the family.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 7.3/10.

Shahid (2012)

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Director Name: Hansal Mehta

Genre: Biography, Drama

Where to Watch: Zee5, Amazon Prime Videos

The movie is based on the true life events of Shahid Azim, a Mumbai-based lawyer and Human rights activist who raised his voice and fought for the rights of young Muslims who were wrongly accused of terrorism.

Azim was an ordinary Mumbai citizen who had an extraordinary commitment to justice. He was an unlikely messiah for all those treated with injustice and inequality. On 11th February 2010, he was shot by a group of goons at his office because he was fighting a case against terrorism.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 8.2/10.

Neerja (2016)

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Director Name: Ram Madhvani

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Where to Watch: Disney Plus Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video

The movie is based on the heroic act of Neerja Bhanot, an Indian flight attendant who single-handedly saved 359 lives from terrorists who had hijacked a Pan AM Flight 73 in 1986 that flew to Karachi. 

She was shot by the terrorists while helping the passengers in escaping. 

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 7.6/10.

Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)

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Director Name: Aditya Dhar

Genre: Action, Drama, History

Where to Watch: Zee5, Amazon Prime Video

The movie is based on the 2016 Surgical Strike carried out against militants in the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The film shows the bravery of the Indian Armed Forces and their selfless attitude toward protecting the country and its people.

Here we see the heroic acts of the Indian army special forces while they execute a foolproof surgical strike against militants in LoC at Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 8.2/10.

SherShaah (2021)

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Director Name: Vishnu Vardhan

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

The movie is based on the heroic act of Indian soldier Captain Vikram Batra whose contribution worked immensely for India in winning the Kargil War in 1999.

He had a semblance of unflinching courage and bravery that helped chase the Pakistani Soldiers during the war. While tracking and fighting with the Pakistani troops, he lost his life and made his country win. 

As mentioned above, the IMDb of the movie is 8.4/10.

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