Greatly, Bollywood is rich in its productions of historical drama movies. These movies not only make you proud of India’s flourished heritage but also raise a sense of patriotism. While the epidemic is in progress, you are supposed to miss any of them. Let’s venture out for 10 Best Historical Hindi Movies from Bollywood.
1. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Release date: 7 June 2002
Duration: 155 minutes
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Amrita Rao etc.
Summary:Ajay Devgan’s starrer The Legend of Bhagat Singh is based on the life of Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter who still waves among Indians. The story revolves around Bhagat Singh’s life — how he contributed to the Indian freedom revolution.
2. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)
Release date: 13 May 2005
Duration: 208 minutes
Starring: Sachin Khedekar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rajit Kapoor, Divya Dutta etc.
Summary: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is based on the last couple of years of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the great freedom fighter of India. This is one of the best historical Hindi movies that shows the personal life of the legend. It also shows his participation in India’s freedom movement.
3. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
Release date: 12 August 2005
Duration: 151 minutes
Starring: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Ameesha Patel, Toby Stephens, Kirron Kher.
Summary: Mangal Pandey is based on the life of Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier. The film is set in the British Raj. Though the film was a disaster, it is still one kind of patriotic film in Bollywood. The film was directed by Ketan Mehta, starring Amir Khan in the lead role.
4. Jodha Akbar(2008)
Release date: 15 February 2008
Duration: 214 minutes
Starring: Hrithik Roahan, Aishwarya Ray Bacchan, Sonu Sood, Ila Arun etc.
Summary: Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Jodha Akbar is a semi-biographical film. As the title suggests, the film is based on the life of king Akbar and the Hindu Rajput princess Jodhabai. It clearly depicts the work ethics of king Akbar. The film is one of the best historical Hindi movies and mixture of romance and action. Jodha Akbar was a massive hit. The film starred Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Ray in lead roles.
5. Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Release date: 18 December 2015
Duration: 158 minutes
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra
Summary: Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bajirao Mastani shares the personal life of Peshwa Bajirao. The film shows the romantic relationship between Bajirao and Mastani Bai. It was a super hit at the box office.
6. Padmavat (2018)
Release date: 25 January 2018
Duration: 163 minutes
Starring: Deepika Padukon, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh
Summary: Amidst the controversies, Padmavat is a must-watch historical Hindi movie. The movie is based on the poem penned by Mohammed Jayasi. Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukon, shows the legacy of Rajput women. The film received mixed reviews whereas the audience appreciated the character of Ranveer Singh, who played cruel Khilji.
7. Asoka (2001)
Release date: 26 October 2001
Duration: 171 minutes
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kaoor, Ajith Kumar, Danny Denzongpa etc.
Summary: Starred by Shahrukh Khan, Asoka is based on the life of king Asoka. Truly, Asoka is a pure war drama. The story unfolds the struggles of king Asoka— how he became the greatest warrior. The film will soak you with tears witnessing the cruelty of war. It was directed by Santosh Siwan. Asoka was a hit at the box office.
8. Gandhi (1982)
Release date: 30 November 1982
Duration: 3 hour 11 minute
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Sheth, Saaed Jaffrey, Candice Bergen etc.
Summary: This biopic is based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. It is a critically acclaimed Bollywood film, directed by Richard Attenborough. Gandhi’s character was played by Ben Kingsley. The film won several academy awards including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture. Gandhi’s storyline relates to India’s independence movement — from Gandhi’s perspective.
9. Sardar (1994)
Release date: 7 January 1994
Duration: 2 hour 55 minute
Starring: Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor, Benjamin Gilani, Tom Alter
Summary: Sardar is a must-watch biopic of one of the greatest freedom fighters of India, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, known as the ‘iron man of India. Directed by Ketan Mehta, Paresh Rawal’s starrer Sardar revolves around the political life of the legend. The movie shows the participation of the legend in the building of united India.
10. Chittagong (2012)
Release date: 12 October 2012
Duration: 105 minutes
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkumar Rao, Vega Tamotia, Jaideep Ahlawat etc.
Summary: This multi-starrer film was directed by scientists-turned-filmmaker Bedabrata Pain. The film won several awards for its compelling storyline. This film is purely patriotic. The story relates to British India’s Chittagong uprising whilst it shows the freedom struggle of undivided Bengal.