It's official, 2016 is the year of the biopic in Bollywood. We've already seen Akshay Kumar in Airlift, Sonam Kapoor in Neerja and Manoj Bajpayeee in Aligarh, each getting rave reviews for their role. And this month, we've already seen two real life stories being played out on the big screen, with a third premiering today. In fact, the Hindi film industry's embrace of the biopic this year is a sign that it's moving on from its clichéd storylines and that actors are embracing these author-backed roles with gusto. Now, it’s time to buckle up and watch these stories unfold:  

Killing Veerappan

Killing Veerappan | Que Mag Release date: May 27

The life story of Veerappan, India’s most infamous sandalwood smuggler, comes to the big screen straight from the king of weird camera angles and Twitter controversies, Ram Gopal Varma. Called Killing Veerappan, the film received a great response when its Kannada version released earlier this year and has raised hopes that Varma’s directorial setbacks will finally turn a corner with this one. And oh, there’s Lisa Ray playing a spy in the movie as well. #JustSaying You can watch the trailer here.  


 Raees | Que Mag Release date: July 3 

Here’s something you didn’t know – Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming movie, Raees, is said to be inspired by a real person. Gujarati don Abdul Latif Shaikh is said to be the inspiration behind Khan’s already-famous line in the movie, “Baniye ka dimaag aur Miyanbhai ki daring” With the first teaser already looking so promising, this is one Shah Rukh movie that even his harshest critics are looking forward to. You can watch the trailer here.  


 Rustom | Que Mag Release date: August 12

The script of Akshay Kumar’s forthcoming film has been kept under wraps, but according to reports Rustom is based on the life of naval officer Kavas Manekshaw Nanavati who was tried for the murder of his wife’s lover, Prem Ahuja. The 1959 Nanavati case, as it is popularly known, was a sensational story during its time. We’ll know more about the movie when it releases in a few months. You can watch the trailer here.  

M S Dhoni: The Untold Story

 MS Dhoni: The Untold Story | Que Mag Release date: September 2

The biopic that has generated the most amount of curiosity is this one on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian cricket captain who brought the World Cup home. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, the film is giving every sign of being a hit, especially when you consider that when the first teaser was released online, it trended for days afterwards. With the success that Dhoni has achieved on and off the field, and his relative rise from an obscure Indian town to the biggest stage of cricket, this biopic should easily break records in theatres as well. You can watch the trailer here.    


 Dangal | Que Mag Release date: December 23

 You might not know who Mahavir Singh Phogat is, or about his role in India winning a gold and silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In fact, little is known about the film other than that the movie has TV actress Sakshi Tanvar playing Phogat’s wife. However, come December, you will know everything about this wrestler whose life will be portrayed by Aamir Khan. You can watch the teaser trailer here.     And in case you missed them, here's a list of films that released this month:


 Sarbjit | Que Mag Release date: May 20

Director Omung Kumar won a lot of praise for directing the Mary Kom biopic, and this month, he premiered Sarbjit. Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Richa Chadda and a completely unrecognisable Randeep Hooda, the film, which is based on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who died in a Pakistani jail after a brutal assault by inmates, is a melodramatic drama that opened to lukewarm reviews. You can watch the trailer here.  


Azhar | Que Mag Release date: May 13

It’s been a bad few years for Emraan Hashmi. He has played unconvincing characters in movies with bad screenplays. But all that has changed with Azhar, which has Hashmi looking every bit the flashy Hyderabadi batsman who captained the Indian side with gusto but was later caught up in match-fixing allegations. You can watch the trailer here.


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