Bollywood High On Biopics On Indian Women
For long, women have stayed under-represented, under-celebrated and under-estimated. But that seems to be a thing of the past. Cinema, especially, is embracing womanhood now more than ever before with so many biopics made on remarkable women’s lives in recent times. On Wednesday, April 26, Shraddha Kapoor announced on Instagram that she will portray badminton player, Saina Nehwal, in a new film.
SHRADDHA KAPOOR’s BIOPICS
The Half Girlfriend actor, put up a picture of Nehwal and wrote, “SAINA NEHWAL – The former World no 1 badminton player. An Indian girl. An inspiration to millions. A youth icon in the truest sense. Her journey to the top has been fascinating & I am honoured to be given this opportunity to play her in my next film ‘SAINA’. The preparation for this film is going to be very, very challenging. It’s probably going to be my most difficult film till date. Wish me luck everyone. ’SAINA’ is going to be directed by Amole Gupte.”
Shraddha is riding high with biopics. She had earlier also released the first look of another biopic, ‘Haseena- The Queen of Mumbai’. In this, she is essaying the role of Haseena Parkar, the late sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The movie will focus on Parker’s life from the age of 17 to 40.
OTHER UPCOMING BIOPICS
Among other biopics on the cards, Priyanka Chopra has been roped in to play celebrated astronaut, Kalpana Chawla, in her biopic directed by debutante Priya Mishra. Vidya Balan, who has played the role of south actor Silk Smitha in blockbuster hit, Dirty Picture, is all set to play another gallant role. It has been confirmed that she has come onboard for a biopic on late politician and former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, The film will be directed by Manish Gupta.
Reports reveal that Manish is sorting out legal permissions to shoot the biopic.
While these movies are yet to be released, a biopic on Vijayaraje Scindia, ‘Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi’, starring Hema Malini just got released on 21 April. The movie, directed by Gul Bahar Singh, shows the struggles of Scindia’s life. The movie has been made tax-free in Chhattisgarh.
The trend of biopics started as early as 1994, when a film was made on Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi, but it kind of fizzled out after that. However, the trend has picked up in the last decade with many female-centric biopics being made.
Biopics that have been well received include Sonam Kapoor-starrer Neerja (2016), Priyanka Chopra-starrer Mary Kom (2014), Bandit Queen (1994), Dirty Picture (2011), Dangal (2017) and Sarabjit (2016) etc.
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