8 Bollywood movies based on true stories

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Real-life stories on the big screen

The truth can be stranger than fiction and that is why there are several films based on real-life stories. Here's a look at some of the best that you can watch on OTT:

Manjhi – The Mountain Man (Netflix)

This movie is based on Dashrath Manjhi's life. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Manjhi, a poor labourer who makes a path through a mountain with just a hammer and chisel.

Omerta (JioCinema)

Hansal Mehta's biographical crime drama stars Rajkumar Rao as Pakistani-born British terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. The movie is about Omar's 1994 kidnappings of foreigners in India.

Uri: The Surgical Strike (ZEE5)

Starring Vicky Kaushal, this movie is based on the events of the Indian Army's 2016 surgical strikes on Pakistani terrorist camps as retaliation for the attack on Uri.

Kesari (Amazon Prime Video)

Akshay Kumar plays Havildar Ishar Singh in this action-war film that is based on the actual events of the Battle of Saragarhi, which took place in 1897.

Pad Man (Netflix)

Inspired by Arunachalam Muruganantham, R Balki's comedy-drama sees Akshay Kumar play a man determined to break social taboos and improve menstrual hygiene for women in rural India.

Neerja (Disney+ Hotstar)

Starring Sonam Kapoor, this movie is based on the real-life attempted hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Pakistan in September 1986.

Super 30 (Disney+ Hotstar)

This film stars Hrithik Roshan as mathematics teacher and educator Anand Kumar, who helps underprivileged students ace IIT entrance exams.

Manto (JioCinema)

Directed by Nandita Das, this biographical drama film is based on the life of the prominent Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Manto in the film.