Biopic, One of the best sources of inspiration, when one is feeling drained and unmotivated, is to learn about someone successful; their lives, their struggles, and how they found the strength to overcome them. The reason these stories always work, even when embellished for drama, is because the subject is a real living person you can talk to and interact with, giving the entire story a more authentic feeling, and making that person’s success feel achievable. Here are some inspiring biopics you should watch if you’ve come down with a case of lockdown lethargy.
The Social Network
This critically acclaimed Biopic film depicts the story of the humble beginnings of one of the biggest tech giants in the world, Facebook, and of its creator Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg). The murkiness and less than ethical origins of the idea, and how the project put an unsealable crack between Mark and his friend Eduardo Saverin are explored brilliantly in this irreverent classic.
Streaming on Netflix
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Known as one of the best sports Biopic movie to come out of the subcontinent, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag explores the life of Milkha Singh (played by Farhan Akhtar in the performance of a lifetime). It throws you into the deep end almost immediately, showing the effects of the bloody Partition on Milkha’s family and psyche, and how he came upon opportunities to show his talents to the world. Full of emotion, drama, suspense and gritty realism, with a fantastic soundtrack to boot, this one is a must-watch.
Streaming on Disney+Hotstar
Manjhi- The Mountain Man
Starring venerated actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role, the movie is set in a Bihar village which is separated from the rest of the world by a mountain, which must be climbed every time a supply trip is to be made. When Manjhi’s wife and unborn child succumb to an accident while climbing the mountain, he makes it his life’s mission to break the mountain and build a road. His labour of 22 years is an indescribable marvel, and the well-paced emotional beats in the film will keep you hooked throughout.
Streaming on Netflix