Whether it is Manya Surve’s death in a gunfight, Charles Sobhraj’s daring jailbreak or the bloody 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, real-life incidents are finding their way onto reel, spurring Indian cinema’s gradual move towards more realistic cinema.
After dealing with corruption in police in his film Department, Ram Gopal Varma has started working on a film based on the 26/11(2008) Mumbai attacks, in which about 170 people were killed.
Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout at Wadala starring john abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Sonu Sood, Tusshar Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee, will chronicle Mumbai Police’s first-ever registered shootout, in which Surve was shot dead. The incident took place in Wadala in 1982.
Kabeer Kaushik is gearing up for the release of Maximum, set in Mumbai during the early 2000s, when the nexus between land mafia and politicians was at its height. It features Sonu Sood and Naseeruddin Shah in prominent roles.
Filmmaker Kumar Mangat is planning to bring Sobhraj’s 1986 Tihar jailbreak saga on celluloid in Jailbreak, while director Vivek Agnihotri’s Buddha in Traffic Jam is also based on true incidents.
Anurag Kashyap’s two-part series Gangs of Wasseypur puts the spotlight on the coal and scrap trade mafia in Wasseypur in Jharkhand, and Zoa Morani-Imran Zahid-starrer Marksheet attempts to uncover the scams in India’s education sector.