Top 10 Historical movies of Bollywood

Top 10 Historical movies of Bollywood - The Bollywood Industry is achieving new heights because of the hit movies it is given to the world one after another. If we talk about worldwide.

The Bollywood occupies second position after the Hollywood Industry. So, Bollywood is the world’s second largest Industry.

And many different types of movies, actors, musicians and other things are behind there to make it the world’s second largest industry. In this contribution, Historical movies played a very important role.

Many of the peoples used to watch historical movies to get an idea, through these movies that what kind of things happened in the glorious history of India or anywhere else. So, lets talk about some of these movies.

So, top 10 list of the historical movies is:

 1. Rang De Basanti

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

This movie is an Indian drama film which is written, directed and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and co-written by Rensil D'Silva. The literal meaning of the title is “Paint me with the colours of spring”.

The cast makes room for Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, R.Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and along with a British actress Alice Pattern.

This movie is made with the budget of Rs 250 Million and shot in Delhi. The movie got so much praise from the audience. This movie broke all the box office opening records till that time.

And become the highest grossing film in its opening weekend and the movie marks the highest opening day collection.

The story of this movie is pretty interesting. It revolves around a documentary filmmaker, who came to India for making a documentary on the freedom fighters which are based on the diary entries of her grandfather, who was previously an officer of the Indian Imperial Police.

This movie got released on 26th of January 2006, which is the Republic day of India. The movie won the title for the most popular movie.

And also got nominated as the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 BAFTA Awards.

2. Jodhaa Akbar

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

Jodhaa Akbar is an Indian historical romance film released in 2008. This movie is directed, produced and co-written by Ashutosh Gowariker.

This movie features Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles as Akbar and Jodhaa respectively. And Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Ila Arun in supporting roles.

The movie is narrated by Amitabh Bachchan. And if it comes to music so, the music of this movie is given by A.R Rahman. This movie is based on the sixteen century love story.

How a marriage alliance between the Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar and the Rajput Princess Jodhaa Bai becomes a true love story.

The movie became very successful. The film won the Audience Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the São Paulo International Film Festival, two awards at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival, seven Star Screen Awards and five Filmfare Awards, in addition to two nominations at the 3rd Asian Film Awards. Everything is purely natural and incredible in this movie.

3. Bajirao Mastani

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

Bajirao Mastani is an Indian epic historical romance movie, which is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and he also composed its soundtracks.

The film was jointly produced by Bhansali and Eros International's Kishore Lulla.

The cast of this movie includes many big faces such as Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and the supporting cast made room for Tanvi Azmi, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Milind Soman.

This movie is based on a Marathi novel Raau written by Nagnath S. Inamdar. This story is about the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao I (1700-1740) and his second wife Mastani.The movie got released on 18th of December 2015.

The announcement of this movie has been made by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the year 2003, but due to the inappropriate cast and production, the movie delayed and got released after 12 years in 2015.

A wide research had been done before the pre-production this movie and it required very highly detailed sets. Which were twenty-two in numbers.

The movie is made with a huge budget of Rs 145 Crores and with this, the movie became one of the most expensive Hindi film.

And when it got released, the movie grossed over Rs 356 Crores at the box office and become the highest grossing movie of all time. Bajirao Mastani won seven National Film Awards, including Best
Direction and Best Supporting Actress for Azmi.

The film received a leading fourteen nominations at the 61st Filmfare Awards and won nine awards, including Best Film, Best Actor for Ranveer, Best Director for Bhansali, and Best Supporting Actress for Priyanka.

4. Lagaan: Once upon a time in India

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

Lagaan which means taxation in English is a historical epic sports drama movie. Which is written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Aamir Khan.

The cast includes Aamir Khan along with a debutante Gracy Sing, with British actors Paul Blackthorne and Rachel Shelley in supporting roles.

The movie is made with a budget of Rs 250 Million, which is $ 5.32 Million. And got released in the year 2001. This movie is shot at an ancient and former village near Bhuj in India.

The movie took us to a very early age time period, when India is in the control of Britishers.

This story revolves around a village under the British Raj with high taxes and extraordinary conditions.

They were not able to fill the tax, during this situation an arrogant British officer to challenge them for a game of cricket as a wager to avoid taxes if they win but if they lost, they have to pay the tax five times.

The villagers had no idea about the game, how to play it and what to do with those bats and ball. The story shows the hard work of the villagers, they learn the game and stand victorious in it.

Lagaan received critical acclaim and awards at international film festivals, as well as many Indian film awards.

This move became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay! (1988).

5. Mughal-e-Azam

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

Mughal-e-Azam is an Indian epic historical drama film produced by Shapoorji Pallonji and directed by K. Asif. With a very popular star in the cast including Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Durga Khote.

This movie is all about the love story of Salim (afterwards who became emperor Jahangir) son of Akbar and his court dancer Anarkali.

Salim’s father, Akbar disapproved this relationship which started a war between a father and his son.

The development of Mughal-e-Azam has been started from 1944 but due to some issues it delayed. And in around 1950s the filming of the movie started again, but due to financial issues the makers had to change the whole cast of the movie.

Mughal-e-Azam is with a huge budget that any other movie don’t have till that time.

The songs were inspired by Indian classical and folk music, consist of 12 songs which were sung by playback singers, including Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and classical singer Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

The movie is released on 5th August 1960 and also had the widest release of any Indian film up to that time. The movie broke all the records and became the highest grossing Indian film and held on that position for 15 years.

The accolades awarded to the film include one National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards at the 8th Filmfare Awards. Mughal-e-Azam is the first ever Hindi movie to convert from Black and White to coloured digitally and the first in any languages to get re-released in the theaters.

The coloured version of the movie is released in November 2003 and generate a good amount of income.

6. The Legend of Bhagat Singh

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

The Legend of Bhagat Singh is an Indian historical, biographical film, released in the year 2002. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and produced by Kumar Taurani and Ramesh Taurani.

This movie is about Bhagat Singh, one of the most popular freedom fighter of India, who fought for India with his fellow members of the Hindustan Republic Association.

The role of Bhagat Sigh is played by Ajay Devgn and other actors include Sushant Singh, D. Santosh and Akhilendra Mishra as the other lead characters.

Raj Babbar, Farida Jalal and Amrita Rao play supporting roles. This movie had been made with a budget of Rs 200 – 250 Million.

The story was written by Rajkumar Santoshi who was the director of the movie and the dialogue were written by Piyush Mishra.

The music of the movie was given by A.R Rahman the two most popular songs of this movie were “Mera Rang De Basanti” and “Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna”.

The movie got released on 7 June 2002 and got a nice and positive reviews. Ajay Devgn and Sushant Singh were very praised for their acting.

However, the movie couldn’t attain much attention from the public and became a box office flop. But it's got two National Film Awards – Best Feature Film in Hindi and Best Actor for Ajay Devgn – and got eight nominations in Filmfare Awards and got three of them.

7. Black Friday

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

Black Friday is an Indian Documentary, Drama movie directed and written by Anurag Kashyap. The movie is about 1993 Bombay Blast based on a book “Black Friday: The Trues Story of the Bombay Bomb Blast” written by Hussain Zaidi.

The movie was about the bomb blast in Bombay, which conditions lead to a bomb blast and the police investigation after the blast.

The movie is produced by Arindam Mitra and features a cast includes Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Zakir Hussain, Aditya Srivastava and Kishor Kadam.

The soundtrack albums and the background sounds were composed by the band Indian Ocean and the lyrics were written by Piyush Mishra.

The director of photography and editors were Natarajan Subramaniam and Aarti Bajaj respectively.

The movie Black Friday was premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in the year 2004 and planned to release this movie in India in the year 2004 only.

But because of some issues the Bombay High Court put a stay on the release. After on 7 February 2007 the Supreme Court of India allowed to release the movie.

It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

The movie is made with a budget of Rs 6.5 crore (US $940,000) and grossed a total of Rs 8 crore (US $1.2 million) at the box office.

8. Sardar

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

Sardar is an Indian biographical movie based on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the greatest freedom fighters of India and also well known by the name of “The Iron Man of India”.

Directed by Katen Mehta and written by Vijay Tendulkar. The cast consist of Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor, Benjamin Gilani, Tom Alter. The music of the movie is composed by Vanraj Bhatia.

The movie is released in the year 1993. The film was screened retrospective on August 12, 2016 at the Independence Day Film Festival jointly presented by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defense, commemorating the 70th Indian Independence Day.

The movie shows us the time when India was taking its first step for becoming an independent nation and the role of Sardar Patel to make it united.

9. Mangal Pandey: The Rising

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

Mangal Pandey: The Rising is an Indian biographical drama film based on the life of Mangal Pandey.

Who was an Indian soldier and started the revolution against the British army in 1857 which is pre planned and also known as The First War of Indian Independence.

The movie is directed by Ketan Mehta, produced by Bobby Bedi and with a screenplay of Farrukh Dhondy.

The cast includes Aamir Khan in the lead role as Mangal Pandey and Rani Mukerji, Ameesha Patel, Toby Stephens and Kirron Kher in the supporting roles.

It premiered in the Marché du Film section of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and was the fourth highest grossing movie in the year 2005.

10. Padmaavat

top 10 historical movies of bollywood

Padmaavat is an Indian epic period drama movie released in the year 2018, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The movie is actually based on an epic poem “Padmavat” written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The movie stars Deepika Padukone as the Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh (Rani Padmavati’s husband) and Ranveer Singh as Allauddin Khilji in the lead roles and Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad, and Anupriya Goenka as the supporting actors.

The story of this movie is based on the life of Padmavati. She is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh, who is the ruler of Chittor.

Padmavati is well known for her beauty. And when Allauddin Khilji heard this he went on to Mewar for Padmavati and a severe battle took place between Rawal Ratan Singh and Allaudin Khilji.

Which led to the defeat of the Rajputs and the Johar of Padmavati.

Firstly, this movie is scheduled to be released on 1 December 2017 but due to some issues and violent protests it got infinitely delayed.

But in December, Central Board of Film Certification approved this movie after making few changes in it, which includes the change in title and multiple disclaimers.

And after these changes Padmaavat was rescheduled to be released on 25 January 2018 and is released in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D formats.

By which this movie became the first movie, which got released in the IMAX 3D format.

The movie is made with a budget of Rs 2.15 billion (US$31 million) and being not released in some of the states, this movie grossed over Rs 5.85 billion (US$85 million) and became one of the highest grossing Indian films of all time.

At 64th Filmfare Awards, Padmaavat received a leading 18 nominations, and won four awards, including Best Actor (Critics) for Singh.

This is the list of top 10 historical movies of Bollywood. If you think any of the worthy movie, which should be in this list so comment below.

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