Critique: Biographical Films (Genre)

Biographical films are the movies that are based on the real life of a human being that has inspired or has affected the society in a negative or a positive way. These movies are mostly correct about the life of a person and shows it in a movie through dramatization. The protagonist of the movie plays the character on whom the entire movie is based. These movies are based on the facts and events that have occurred in the life of that character. Most of the filmmakers add fictional scenes and parts as well because it helps them connect the theme of the story and make it more direct to the viewers. Movies of this genre are often acclaimed by people who are interested in that character. People find it one of the best ways to make people aware of the personality of that person. The movie will gather its audience depending on whom the character interested the most. The recent release of a biographical picture named, Ronaldo, which is based on the life of Cristiano Ronaldo gathered an audience of millions of his fans who are inspired by him. Although the ‘biopic’ of Gandhi or Lincoln has not necessarily gathered that much audience in our generation. However, these movies have been a very big tribute to the eminent personalities.


Gandhi was a movie based on the father of India, Mahatma Gandhi.

These movies are not as much as a task for the director as much as it is for the actor who is playing that character. Since the character is non fictional, most of the facts are already known to the audience. Hence what brings them to watch the movie is how close the actor has gone to resemble him. Many great actors like Ben Kingsley, Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey have gained respect because of their characters in their respective bio pic movies. Kingsley role in the movie Gandhi shocked many as he played the role of an Indian leader despite being born in Britain. The recent movie of Farhan Akhtar, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag drew a lot of comparison between him and Milkha Singh. The demand from the actor becomes a lot more and hence this genre is known to be one of the most difficult to perform. Similarly, Anthony Hopkins believed he shouldn’t have played the character in Nixon as he did not resemble him much. Bio pics are often very inspiring and have played a vital key to spread awareness amongst the audience.

1202021-the-social-networkBased on the life of Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network was a super hit

If I had to choose my personal favourite biographical picture, then that would be the bio pic based on Bhagat Singh. The movie, Legend of Bhagat Singh which came out in the year 2002 by Raj Kumar Santoshi saw Ajay Devgn play the character of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh brilliantly. He fetched himself the national award for this role and was critically acclaimed for his role. The movie is about the struggle of Bhagat Singh and his Hindu Republican Army against the British rule. The movie created a sense of sacrifice and patriotism in the Indian society and inspired the young audience.

tlobs3Based on the life of Freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh


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