What do you get when you combine corruption, conspiracy, betrayal, greed, and power? Well, you get a really good political thriller! In Indian cinema, the dark side of politics, electoral drama, and political debates are the most compelling themes to watch. Additionally, Bollywood filmmakers have produced a number of Hindi movies that have outstanding cinematic political drama. Here is a list of the best Bollywood films to binge right now that were influenced by political stories in India:
1. The Tashkent Files
The 2019 thriller is among the best Hindi movies with a political theme. The Tashkent Files is an interpretation of Lal Bahadur Shashtri’s demise, an ex-prime minister of India. His death is discussed throughout the movie, with many conspiracy theories that are presented to the viewers. You are eventually compelled to decide which of them you can actually believe. Starring Shweta Basu Prasad, Naseeruddin Shah, and Mithun Chakraborty as key characters, the early years of free India are portrayed well in the movie.
2. The Accidental Prime Minister
The Accidental Prime Minister, directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, is a biography of the late Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Even though Mr. Singh developed a reputation for having high personal integrity, a series of corruption scandals tainted his second term in politics. The movie is an adaptation of the same-named memoir by Sanjay Baru, who was the media advisor of Manmohan Singh. Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna played the primary characters in this political thriller.
Raajneeti by Prakash Jha is another gem on the list of political Hindi movies. It accurately depicts the world of Indian politics. The movie is based on the story of an American-educated heir of a wealthy Indian family, who returns to his homeland, and ends up going down a corrupt road after getting his first taste of power. Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, and Katrina Kaif, among others, played major roles in the movie.
4. Peepli Live
The film is a humorous satire on Indian politicians and “farmer suicides” in the country. When the government begins to aid the families of farmer suicides, two impoverished farmers in a village take a major decision. Natha’s older brother Budhia encourages Natha to kill himself to get financial aid from the government. Many reporters approached Budhia for interviews as the word spread like wildfire, and the incident became breaking news in India. Political organizations in the area grow enraged by Natha’s passing and start providing his family with various facilities to make their life easier.
5. PM Narendra Modi
The release date of the PM Narendra Modi biopic was delayed to May 24 due to controversies around its alleged violations of the electoral commission’s model code of conduct. However, the controversies helped to create a lot of buzz for the movie. Actor Vivek Oberoi played the lead role in the film. The Omung Kumar-directed movie explores intriguing undertones of real-life events and charts Prime Minister Modi’s evolution.
A former political party member provided funding for Thackeray, therefore the movie had the party’s approval. Both spectators and critics gave it varying ratings, but everyone thought Nawazuddin Siddiqui did a fantastic job playing the titular role. The actor completely owned every moment on screen. It is a must-watch film if you would like to dive into the history of a popular political leader.