Nowadays, the only thing-occupying people’s mind is the elections. The election fever is so high that if you by chance overhear two or three people’s discussion in the public, there are very high chances that the discussion would pertain to politics. For that matter, any television channel, FM radio or the hoardings you come across will be of political parties and the various leaders. In India, politics is something, which one can see in every nook and corner in numerous forms.
One such form is the “Indian Cinema.” Politics has always inspired the Indian film fraternity to produce films that portray Indian politics. Bollywood has given many films that mirror politics and some great political leaders.
Bollywood deserves accolades for producing such powerful and astounding political characters that nothing could expunge from the memory of people who watched them in films. Have a look at some soul stirring characters from Hindi movies:
Suchitra Sen as Aarti Devi – (Aandhi – 1975):
This is perhaps mostterrificreel-life political character that appeared on silver screen in the year 1975. She played a character of a spoilt child of a politician who on growing up herself becomes a well-established politician. The character had similarities with then PM Indira Gandhi and owing to this; the movie had to face a ban during Emergency period.
She portrayed such a powerful politician who could compromise for anything in her personal life just to ensure a smooth political career.
Amitabh Bachchan as Azaad – (Main Azaad Hoon – 1989):
Although the character of Azad may not be of a politician, but he mirrored a common man who could shake the whole political fraternity with his voice and action.
He does so much to bring changes in the political system and uplift the common people; he becomes the leader and then commits suicide, which is a big tragedy in the movie.
Anil Kapoor as Shivaji Rao – (Nayak: The Real Hero – 2001):
This characterhas striking similarity with today’s Aam Admi Party leader- Arvind Kejriwal. Shivaji Rao in the movies is a news reporter who is given a chance to become Maharashtra’s CM for a day.
The character of Shivaji undergoes many sacrifices for the betterment of the society.
Amitabh Bachchan as Subhash Nagre – (Sarkar – 2005):
This exceptional character played by Amitabh Bachchan is called Sarkar in the movie and it has a striking similarity with the real life leader – Balasaheb Thackeray. The character displays a l;eader who is above all law and government.
Aforementioned characters definitely deserve accolades for their outstanding performances that even after years of the movie releases, the characters are still afresh in the viewer’s memories.