When it comes to film making, Bollywood has never stepped back from giving their best. Bollywood is the perfect blend of each and every type of genre in cinema, because we're the world's second largest production after Hollywood. With so many creative heads together, god knows what more are we capable of!
By the help of new technology and great production houses, the makers are spending the best to make worth while watching movies. Most of all, recreating past has become so much easier, so let's take a look at the best period drama films of Bollywood
What do you think about a movie with Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala and Dilip Kumar in lead roles? AMAZING. We all know this classic movie, where a 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.
Starring Sunil Dutt and Vyjayanthimala as leads, the story revolves around an emperor pretends to be a soldier in the enemy's army to weaken them from the inside but his conquest could cost him the love of his life. Now the rights to this film are owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.
Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
Written and directed by veteran Satyajit Ray, the film is set in the backdrop of the British annexation of Avadh, where two best friends abandon their families for their obsession for the game of chess.
This is one of the finest movies to be ever made in Bollywood. It shows the life of the Father of our Nation, Mohandas Gandhi and explains him as a man of non-violence.
The film is inspired by true events that occured in the year 1971, when along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers go up against a large Pakistani strike force.
Ashoka the Great (2001)
Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in lead roles, the movie is the epic tale of King Asoka's life.
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The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
We all know the brave Bhagat Singh, and this movie captures his life perfectly. Born in British India, Bhagat Singh witnesses numerous atrocities during his childhood. He then grows up to become one of the most fearless freedom fighters in India.
Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
Starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerji, this movie is about the leader of the 2857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.
Vidya Balan made her Bollywood debut with this romantic musical based on a Bengali novella and is set in the backdrop of India immediately after Independence.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Helmed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the story revolves around 16th century marraige alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar and Rajput princess, Jodha.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2010)
Directed by maestro Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film is based on the hardships and horrors of the life of Milkha Singh aka The Flying Sikh, an Indian athlete who was a national champion and also an Olympian.
Director Vikramaditya Motwane’s romantic period drama was based on a short story called The Last Leaf by O. Henry.
Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Directed by veteran Sanjay Leela Bhansali with his two best actors, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. Do we need more? The story is based on the heroic Peshwa Bajirao, who is married to Kashibai but falls in love with Mastani, a warrior princess in distress.
Mohenjo Daro (2016)
Starring Hrithik Roshan and debutant Pooja Hedge, the film showcases a poor farmer who arrives in Mohenjo Daro and finds out that his family shares history with the ruling tyrant.
Inspired by the life of the first stuntwoman of Bollywood, Fearless Nadia, Rangoon showcases Julia on the Indo-Burman border to perform for the troops during World War II, on the insistence of Billimoria, her lover. There, she finds herself enamoured by Jemadar Malik, a soldier.
These are some of the finest period- drama films that have been made in Bollywood till now. But this time, maestro Sanjay Leela Bhansali took it a notch up by his next venture, Padmaavat starring Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. Though many people have been protesting for this movie to release for over a month now, the Central Board of Film Certification has given the makers a heads up for January 24, 2018.
Padmaavat, is set in 1303 AD medieval India, the film is based on Awadh poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540. It showcases the legendary story of Rani Padmavati, who committed jauhar to protect herself from Khilji, a ruthless Muslim king. The story is about honor, valor and obsession.
How excited are you to watch Padmaavat? After all of the controversies around the film, I’m too eager to see what is actually there. Let us know your views!