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When actors turn politicians on-screen

Published: 12th Apr 2021 7:50 pm

India is a country where politicians are seen as larger-than-life figures, enjoying great popularity among the masses. And when actors play the roles of politicians on the silver screen, they are widely watched given the hype around such movies.

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As people watch the lives of their heroes unravel on the big screen, it becomes an emotional watch reflecting upon phases of Indian politics. Here’s a list of some of the ‘most talked about’ political movies of recent times:


An upcoming multilingual biographical film about the life of late Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. Kangana Ranaut plays the role of the former AIADMK supremo. Directed by AL Vijay, the movie was scheduled for release on April 23 but has been postponed due to a spike in Covid cases.

NTR: Mahanayakudu

Telugu biographical film based on the life of legendary NT Rama Rao. Helmed by Krish, the movie had an ensemble cast, with Nandamuri Balakrishna playing the role of NTR. The movie marked the debut of Vidya Balan in Telugu films. The rest of the cast include popular actors like Rana Daggubati and Nandamuri Kalyan Ram. MM Keeravani had composed the music for the film. It’s available on Amazon Prime.


This Telugu biographical film is based on the life of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy. Mollywood superstar Mammootty essayed the role of YSR in the Mahi V Raghav directorial. Released in February 2019, the movie received critical acclaim and Mammootty’s performance as the legendary politician was widely appreciated. The movie can be watched on the OTT platform Amazon Prime.


The biopic revolves around the life of the late Shiv Sena founder, Bal Thackeray. Nawazuddin Siddiqui delivers yet another classic performance as the charismatic ‘Shiv Sena supremo’ on the silver screen. Directed by Abhijit Panse, the movie was released on January 25, 2019, on the occasion of the 93rd birth anniversary celebrations of the magnanimous leader. It’s currently available on Netflix.

The Accidental Prime Minister

The Vijay Ratnakar Gutte directorial showcases the life of former Indian Prime Minister and noted economist Manmohan Singh. Starring veteran actor Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh, the movie is based on the memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru. Baru was Singh’s media advisor and chief spokesperson between (2004-08). Akshaye Khanna dons the role of Sanjaya Baru in the movie which opened to mixed reviews on its release. The movie can be watched on ZEE5.

More the merrier

The list doesn’t stop here. An Insignificant Man, a socio-political documentary based on the rise of Aam Admi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal, and also Baghini: Bengal Tigress inspired by the life of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee are other films to binge-watch as the election fever grips the nation!

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