As Reel As Possible

Posted: February 2nd, 2016

The biopic has been a relatively unproductive genre in Indian cinema, despite the massive international critical and commercial success of the Indo-British biopic, Gandhi (1982, directed by Richard Attenborough) and its hatful of awards, among them eight Oscars. Although biopics form only about 5% of Hollywood’s output, they have high visibility and an enviable success rate at the Oscars, which are unlikely to have escaped the notice of the Indian film industry and its critics, who keenly observe global awards and Hollywood ones in particular. Over the last few decade, few Hindi biopics have been made, yet many more are planned. What’s going on, and why is interest in the biopic peaking now?

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