Mahatma Gandhi, Narendra Modi: Politicians whose lives have been turned into biopics

Updated: 04 October, 2020 12:06 IST
  • From his initial activism in South Africa to becoming the father of India's independence struggle, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also known as Mahatma Gandhi's life has been an inspiration for many great leaders across the world

  • One of the greatest depictions on Mahatma Gandhi's life remains the 1982 film directed by Richard Attenborough, titled 'Gandhi' starring Sir Ben Kingsley in the title role. The movie even received the prestigious Academy Award for 'Best Picture'

  • A film on the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was released in May 2019. Before becoming PM, Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014. Narendra Modi is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

  • PM Narendra Modi which stars Vivek Oberoi released on May 24, 2019, a day after Narendra Modi had a resounding victory in 2019 General Elections. PM Narendra Modi biopic is based on the journey of prime minister, who is set to return for a second term

  • India's former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has played a crucial role in shaping the economic path the country adopted. His political career touched several milestones which are admired by both his followers as well as, his critics

  • Veteran actor Anupam Kher slipped into the role of Manmohan Singh in the political drama based on a memoir by the former Prime Minister's media advisor, Sanjaya Baru. The film is titled after the book - The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh

  • Bal Keshav Thackeray was an Indian politician who founded the Shiv Sena. It was the Hindu nationalist party active mainly in the state of Maharashtra.

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui was cast to play the role of Bal Thackeray in the biopic, which was a full-fledged commercial film named 'Thackeray'. The film was based on the life of Balasaheb Thackeray, the founder of the Indian political party Shiv Sena

  • Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao has enjoyed a position of support in Andhra Pradesh, that few Indian leaders can claim. Apart from serving as the state's Chief Minister for 7 years, he also worked as an actor, editor and director during his admirable life 

  • A feature film on the Telugu idol was made by his actor-son, Nandamuri Balakrishna. The  2019 Indian Telugu-language film was based on the life and acting career of N. T. Rama Rao. 

  • Phoolan Devi also known as the Bandit Queen was an Indian dacoit who turned into a Samajwadi Party politician and Parliamentarian. She was infamous for executing the men who had raped her, earlier in life

  • A film was made on the Bandit Queen's life and times which was directed by Sanjay Kapur. The 100-minute film featured Indian actress Seema Biswas

  • Indira Gandhi remains one of India's most debated Prime Minister in the country's modern history. She has played a pivotal role in shaping the course of India's internal and international decisions

  • Several movies have been made referencing Indira's Gandhi's life and decisions, among them, are Indu Sarkar, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi. The movies have often faced political flak for their depiction of India's iron lady

  • One of India's founding fathers, Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875 in Nadiad, a small village in Gujarat. His leadership and struggle which led to victory in Bardoli caused intense excitement across India to such an extent that Patel was addressed by his colleagues and followers as Sardar.

  • The 1993 film Sardar is a depiction of the struggles and life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The film depicts the leader's complete life choices, right from the days of his youth

  • Baba Saheb Ambedkar, is revered by all Indian's as the father of India's constitution, as well as the leader for the country's down trodden

  • The film, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, tell the story of the leader's decisions and achievement in shaping and defining India's path for years to come

  • K. Kamraj was an Indian National Congress leader, who had the honour of being referred to as India's political 'Kingmaker'. He played a crucial role in shaping the rule that the party enjoyed, during his four years as the INC party president and as the CM of Tamil Nadu

  • The popular Tamil film, Kamaraj, narrates the story of the leader's life and his political decisions. The movie begins in the pre-Independence period and goes on to show Kamraj's personal and political growth

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak remains one of the foremost leaders who fought for the nationalist movement during the British Indian movement. His contributions remain legendary and much revered

  • The 2015 Marathi film, 'Lokmanya: Ek Yugpurush' is an illustrative narration of Tilak's sacrifices and achievements. It focuses on the social reform movements initiated by him

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    One of the most loved and revered political figures of India, J.Jayalalitha served as Tamil Nadu's chief minister for six years. She passed away of December 5th 2016 due to cardiac arrest.

  • A biopic on late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead role is set to be released. It will be a multilingual film which will release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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About The Gallery

Narendra Modi, Bal Thackeray, Jayalalitha, Manmohan Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, and many other politicians have lead intriguing lives and biopics made on them show how they helped in shaping India's history. Here's a look at politicians whose lives have been made into movies.

First Published: 24 May, 2019 15:25 IST