7 Bollywood Films That Best Explored The Period-Epic Genre
Bollywood releases 100s of films each year and dabbles with all the genres. The historical dramas have a class of their own and they try to satisfy the ruthless demands of authenticity by the critics as well as the audiences alike. Any period-epic has to keep in mind a number of precautions most notably to not to twist the story or the facts or they face the wrath of various political and religious groups.
That being said, Bollywood has made some of the best period dramas that explore the rich history of India and the various rulers, kings, princesses and the dynasties that ruled over the certain parts. These dramas are very costly to produce but play a very important role in shaping up the career of almost everyone associated with it. Here is a list of 7 of the best historical films made in Bollywood:
Bajirao Mastani- The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film is of the most expensive films to be made in Bollywood. It budgeted at 145 crores and became a runaway hit with powerful performances from both the leads.
Jodha Akbar- The Ashutosh Gowarikar helmed historical drama was based on the story of Mughal Emperor Akbar and Princess Jodhaa Bai of Amber. The film was widely praised for its locations, costumes, acting and became a worldwide success.
Lagaan- One of the best period epics made by Bollywood. The film was also nominated for an Oscar in ‘Foreign Language’ category. It was a commercial success and almost every aspect of the film is great. It’s a flawless classic.
Asoka- The Sanotsh Sivan directed film was released in 2001. It starred Shah Rukh Khan as the Emperor Asoka of the Mauryan Dynasty and Kareena Kapoor as Princess Kaurwaki. The film was warmly received by critics but didn’t get much commercial success.
Mughal-e-Azam- One of the most expensive films ever at the time, the K Asif directed saga faced numerous obstacles on its way, but when released, it went on to become the highest grossing film of that time. The film is vividly remembered for its impressive acting by Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala and Dilip Kumar, melodious music and grand production value.
1947 Earth- The Deepa Mehta directed film was 2nd of her Element trilogy, others being Water and Fire. This film was based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel, Cracking India and dealt with the consequences of partition on its characters. It won overwhelming critical acclaim.
Hey Ram- The Kamal Hassan directed film is a fictional story set during partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The film divided critics and audiences for its audacity but has gained a cult status since then.