Bollywood Biopics that celebrate the lives of iconic Indian Motivational Speakers

Motivational Speakers inspiring Bollywood Biopics

20 blockbuster movies in Bollywood on real-life heroes who are also actively inspiring others with their motivational speeches

Today there are people who inspire people to be better, to never give up and to achieve their dreams. These people are none other than the motivational speakers who are making the world a better place and bringing in the right change. While these motivational speakers are the guiding light for many, it is only fair that this guiding light reaches as many people as possible and nothing can be as better as the Bollywood movies to spread their messages in form of entertainment.

Bollywood Biopics are ruling the world of entertainment as they influence us to do great things just like the people these movies are based on. These movies teach us things we can’t learn in everyday life, while also entertaining us to the brim.

These are some of the most uplifting Blockbuster Biopic movies inspired by our real-life heroes that must be on our binge list-

1. Anand Kumar– Super 30

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Anand Kumar is an Indian mathematics educator best known for his Super 30 programme, which he started in 2002 in Bihar. He has been coaching underprivileged students for JEE- Main & JEE-Advanced and the entrance examination for the IITs. He has spoken at MIT and Harvard about his programs for students and his work has also been showcased by Discovery Channel in a documentary.

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His work and life have been showcased in the movie Super 30 by Hrithik Roshan which brought his work more recognition. He has been awarded various prestigious awards for his work like the “Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award” and Global Education Award in 2018 by Malabar Gold & Diamonds. His life in every sense is inspirational and a story to be told.

2. Arunachalam Muruganantham– Padman

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Arunachalam Muruganantham is a social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu. He is the inventor of the low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and is credited for innovating grassroots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. He was in the movie Period. End of Sentence which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2018. He has given speeches at many institutions including IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Madras, IIM Bangalore, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Goa Campus and Harvard University. He has also given a TED talk.

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Padman is a movie based on the invention of Arunachalam Muruganantham where he is portrayed by Akshay Kumar. In 2014, Arunachalam was included in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World and he has also been awarded India’s prestigious award Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2016.

3. Mithali Raj– Shabaash Mithu

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Mithali Raj is an Indian cricketer and the former captain of the India women’s national cricket team. She holds many records in International cricket and has been the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket. She is considered one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Mithali is also a great keynote speaker whose speeches are powerful, impactful, and packed with practical, real-world takeaways that inspire peak performance and exceptional leadership.

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Mithali Raj’s life story is nothing ordinary which will be portrayed in the movie Shabaash Mithu, based on her life, with Taapsee Pannu playing her role.

4. Kapil Dev– 83

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Kapil Dev is an Indian former cricketer who was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002. He is the first Indian captain who led the Indian cricket team to win the world cup. As a motivational speaker, he highlights his own life instances and delights the audiences by tapping into their hearts and minds. He talks about his own experiences and how with hard work and resilience, he went on to achieve unprecedented heights.

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Kapil Dev is one of the best cricketers, India has produced and his life has been an inspiration for so many. The movie 83, where his role is played by Ranveer Singh, shows his journey as Indian team’s captain and how he led the team to win the 1983 cricket cup. The movie also shows the life of the legend Sunil Gavaskar, who has been an inspiration for generations of cricket to come. One can learn so much from this masterpiece of a movie.

5. MS Dhoni- M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian former International cricketer and the captain of the Indian national cricket team. He has broken various records and has been the ICC ODI Player of the Year twice in 2008 and 2009, the first player to win the award twice. He is one of the most popular Indian cricketers with a huge fan following. MS Dhoni shares his success mantras from his own experiences in his speeches which led to his legendary career.

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MS Dhoni’s life has been highlighted in the movie, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. His life struggles, and how he conquered the world of cricket with his strength and hard work, inspiring millions has all been covered in his biopic movie, where the titular role is played by Sushant Singh.

6. Sandeep Singh– Soorma

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Sandeep Singh is an Indian professional field hockey player, who has captained the Indian national team. In 2009, Under his captaincy, the Indian team managed to clinch the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where he was also the top goal scorer. As a motivational speaker, Sandeep talks about his greatest comeback stories and how after a serious injury, he came back stronger and also played world cup in 2010.

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Filmmaker Shaad Ali has made a biographical film titled Soorma on Sandeep life, where Diljit Dosanjh plays his role. The story shows his tale of courage, determination and perseverance, where he never gave up on his goals not matter what life threw at him.

7. Gauri Sawant– Taali

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Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist and the director of Sakhi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. She came to prominence after starring in an ad by Vicks. She left her home but not her identity and now motivates and advices people facing an identify crises to embrace themselves. The social activist’s zeal to make a change sets her apart from others which has been a great inspiration to many.

Sushmita Sen as Gauri Sawant in Taali

The life of the ordinary trans woman, with an extraordinary strength will be seen in the movie, Taali, where actress Sushmita Sen will reprise Gauri’s role in the biopic.

8. Jhulan Goswami- Chakda ‘Xpress

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Jhulan Goswami is an Indian cricketer and one of the fastest bowlers of all time. She holds the record for taking the most number of wickets in Women’s One Day International cricket. She has had a legendary career and has given all her life’s work to winning matches. She is an inspiration to many and is an example of someone, who never gave up no matter what came her way.

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Jhulan Goswami’s life story will be shown in her biopic movie, Chakda ‘Xpress, where Anushka Sharma will play her role.

9. Mary Kom– Mary Kom

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Mary Kom is an Indian amateur boxer and the only woman to win the World Amateur Boxing Championship six times. She is the only female boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and also the only boxer to win eight World Championship medals. Also known as Magnificent Mary, she is the only Indian female boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics and winning a bronze medal.

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Mary Kom is an example of someone who can make anything possible with her sheer determination and perseverance. She fought against all odds and became an inspiration of a person and one of the most respected people in India. She has been conferred with the Indian prestigious awards like Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. Priyanka Chopra plays her role in the movie Mary Kom which shows the struggles she had to face before accomplishing her ultimate dream.

10. Saina Nehwal– Saina

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Saina Nehwal is an Indian professional badminton player who has represented India thrice in the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in her second appearance. The former world no. 1 player has been a promising performer of all time. She has influenced people with her hard work and has shown the world what hard work can do.

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Saina’s biopic chronicles the inspiring story of Saina Nehwal, the movie shows her rise to rank number one in the sport and the titular role is played by Parineeti Chopra.

11. Milkha Singh- Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

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Milkha Singh was an Indian track and field sprinter, who is the only athlete to win gold at 400 meters at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. Also known as The Flying Sikh, he represented India, thrice in Summer Olympics. Milkha Singh is sadly no more, but his name is carved out in gold in the heart of India.

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Milkha Singh, who became a sporting icon of India, has a rough life where he was orphaned as a child and displaced during the partition of India, but the stones life threw at him, only made him stronger and he went on to become a legend. The movie, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag where Farhan Akhtar plays his role, shows his difficult life and how he fought against all odds to reach the top spot.

12. Pravin Tambe- Kaun Pravin Tambe?

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Pravin Tambe is an Indian cricketer, who made his IPL debut at the age of 41, becoming the oldest ever IPL debutant. He had no experience of playing professional cricket prior to that. With his fighting spirit he showed the world that if you dare to dream, you can achieve anything.

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“Kaun Pravin Tambe?” is a biopic movie based on the life of Pravin Tambe where Shreyas Talpade plays the lead role. The film shows Pravin’s persistence and hard work to achieve his ultimate goal of playing for the team, which he achieves.

13. Lalit Rai- LOC Kargil

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Colonel Lalit Rai, is a former Indian Army officer who was decorated for his brave actions during the Kargil War in 1999. The celebrated military hero is also a motivational speaker who has trained and motivated a large number of people around the world. He has been inspiring and touching lives with his inspirational leadership and astute management insights in Leadership and Human Resources domain. 

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He is a Recipient of the Vir Chakra by the President of India for ‘Conspicuous gallantry and Inspirational leadership’ displayed during the Kargil war. His actions and inspiring life was shown in the 2003 war film LOC Kargil, where Bollywood actor Sudesh Berry played his role.

14. Srikanth Bolla– Srikanth Bolla

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Srikanth Bolla is a young CEO who has built a company named Bollant Industries worth £48m. He is the first international blind student in Management Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been awarded numerous distinguished awards for his work including the Young Global Leaders 2021, Entrepreneur of the Year by One Young World in 2019 and many more.

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Srikanth Bolla is someone who made the impossible, possible and is about to have a Bollywood film made on his inspiring life, which will be tentatively titled, “Srikanth Bolla” and Rajkummar Rao will play his role in the movie.

15. Sonam Wangchuk– 3 idiots

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Sonum Wangchuk is an Indian engineer, innovator and education reformist. He is the founder of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, and was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope in 1994, a collaboration of government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in the government school system. He has given large conference keynotes in front of thousands of people.

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Sonum Wangchuk is passionate on issues regarding Education and Environment. The famous Bollywood blockbuster movie, 3 Idiots was inspired by his life and Aamir Khan played his role.

16. Sachin Tendulkar- Sachin: A Billion Dreams

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Sachin Tendulkar need no introduction. He has carved his name in history as one of the most loved and talented cricketers in the world. The former captain of the Indian national team has been awarded the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 1998 and 2010 and many more awards. The God of Cricket has faced many challenges and came out stronger which is why there is no one like him.

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Sachin’s legacy has been recorded in the 2017 Indian documentary sports film Sachin: A Billion Dreams directed by James Erskine. In the documentary film, he recounts his journey of becoming the best cricketer in the world which is quite inspiring and full of learnings.

17. Vijay Barse- Jhund

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Vijay Barse is a retired professor and social worker, who is the founder of the NGO called Slum Soccer. He is a retired sports teacher, who made a difference by helping the underprivileged children through football and changing their lives for the better. He is definitely a name, which cannot be forgotten in the history of sports and for all the good reasons.

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Jhund is a Bollywood movie based on the life of Vijay Barse, where Amitabh Bachchan plays his role. The movie is as inspiring as the life of Barse himself, where he forms a football team of slum-dwelling children in order to keep them away from drugs and crime.

18. Dutee Chand- Rashmi Rocket

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Dutee Chand is an Indian professional sprinter and the national champion in the women’s 100 metres event. She is India’s first athlete to openly come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Dutee Chand is a story of grit and determination. She is a story of making things happen despite all possible challenges which is why her life is a story to be told.

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Dutee Chand’s life inspired the movie, Rashmi Rocket where Taapsee Pannu played the lead role. The movie highlights what Dutee Chand went through to bring back her career after fighting a historic case on the world stage and we can all learn something from her uplifting story.

19. Mahavir Singh Phogat- Dangal

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Mahavir Singh Phogat is a true epitome of strength and determination. He  is an Indian amateur wrestler and senior Olympics coach famously known as the father and trainer of the Phogat sisters. He fought all odds and under pressures of society and relatives decided to make his daughters world champion wrestlers.

The movie Dangal is based on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, the Phogat sisters. Aamir Khan has played the role of MS Phogat and done justice to the character. The movie is not only inspiring but also motivates you to get up and get going, work hard towards your goal, not care about what the world is saying and achieve your goals.

20. Mir Ranjan Negi- Chak De! India

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Mir Ranjan Negi is a field hockey player and former goalkeeper of the India men’s national field hockey team. He was hired to be the goalkeeping coach of the India women’s national field hockey team and the team won the Gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. He is an example of someone whose life was turned upside down by the media but he decided to bounce back and that too stronger than anyone.

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The movie Chak De! India was based on Negi’s life where Shah Rukh Khan plays the role inspired by him. The movie shows how you can achieve any thing in the world if you work for it and no one can take what you deserve away from you.

These people have made a difference in the world by their sheer grit and strength. While they are working on making the world a better place, their movies, which are seen by millions, are an example for us to learn and grow from.

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