From The Kashmir Files To Punjab 1984: Movies That Are Based On History & Trauma Of Indians

If you have just watched The Kashmir Files and are truly impressed with the film and you’re keen to watch more movies like that, you’ve come to the right place. There are films based on partition, murder mysteries of legends, religious fights and many more. 

Following Is The List Of Films Based On Real Incidents

The Tashkent Files

Starcast: Pankaj Tripathi, Pallavi Joshi, Mithun Chakroborty, Mandira Bedi, Naseeruddin Shah & Vinay Pathak

The Tashkent Files is a non-fiction book by director Vivek Agnihotri about his research for the film and outlines various theories about the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri. It was released in August 2020 by Bloomsbury India.

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Starcast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sumbul Touqeer, Isha Talwar & Siyani Gupta

This film is based on the socio-political situation of India, the lives of police officers are followed. It depicts the country where discrimination is everywhere, whether related to race or caste, the officers embark on a journey of acceptance and change.


Starcast: Manoj Bajpayee, Urmila Matondkar, Sandali Sinha, Sanjay Suri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda & Farida Jalal

A woman is preparing to wed a man of her parents’ choice when she becomes the innocent victim of an unresolved feud between families and is abducted and held captive by a young Muslim who is an enemy of her father.

Punjab 1984

Starcast: Diljit Dosanjh, Kirron Kher, Sonam Bajwa, Pavan Malhotra & Rana Ranbir

During Operation Blue Star, Satwant Kaur’s husband Bachan Singh Maan gets killed. To add to her woes, her son goes missing and she seeks her son’s best friend’s help to find him.

Black Friday

Starcast: Anurag Kashyap, Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Pavan Malhotra, Aliya Curmally & Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Under torture, Indian gangster Tiger Memon (Pavan Malhotra) confesses to his involvement in a plot to set off explosives throughout Bombay. The police choose not to believe him, however, and bombs tear through the city that Friday, wreaking havoc and polarizing the citizens of Bombay. Through a series of interviews, DCP Rakesh Maria (Kay Kay Menon) comes closer to discovering who the leader of the conspiracy is, but it soon becomes clear that a foreign power must be involved.

Shaheed Udham

Starcast: Raj Babbar, Gurdas Maan, Shatrughan Sinha & Juhi Chawla

Udham Singh, a Sikh revolutionary, gets deeply affected by the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and decides to avenge the lives of the people who died. He plans to punish Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab for his involvement with the massacre.


Starcast: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Nassar, Prakash Raj & Sonali Bendre

In the movie Bombay, Shekar (Arvind Swamy) and Shaila (Manisha Koirala) are shown in love. Neither of their parents approves of their relationship as the boy was Hindu, and the girl was Muslim. So, they decide to run off and get married. Shekar and Shahla have twin sons and raise the boys to appreciate both of their families’ faiths and cultures. But the civil unrest in Bombay results in a horrific situation that causes Shekar and Shahla’s parents to set aside their differences to save their children and grandchildren.

1947 Earth

Starcast: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Pavan Malhotra & Gulshan Grover

If you have seen this movie, then you must be aware that the disaster of the Indian-Pakistani partition was seen through the eyes of a child – Lenny, an eight-year-old crippled girl from Lahore. It was earlier a Punjabi city that saw some of the bloodiest pogroms. The experiences, hopes and fears of this young girl provide an intense portrait of the period.


Starcast: Tabu, Om Puri, Chandrachur Singh & Jimmy Sheirgill

Jaswant is arrested and tortured for a crime he did not commit. On seeing his friend’s condition, Kripal joins an extremist group to bring down the government.

Hence, these are some must watch films based on true incidents. Further, not all films have remained true to the genuine history of the event or the characters they are portraying, often adding action and drama to increase the substance and popularity of the film.

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