10 Exceptional Indian movies based on India's rich history

Mughal-E-Azam

The Boollywood evergreen beuty, Mughal-E-Azam is a cult classic released in 1960, directed by K. Asif. Starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, and Durga Khote, it portrays Salim and Anarkali's love story.

Jodhaa Akbar

Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, Jodhaa Akbar is a 2008 romantic historical drama. Starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the movie narrates the timeless romance of Mughal emperor Akbar and his Hindu wife, Jodha bai.

Asoka

Asoka is a 2001 period action war drama directed by Santosh Sivan. Led by Shah Rukh Khan, the movie dramatizes the early life of emperor Asoka, of the Maurya Empire, who ruled most parts of Indian subcontinent during 3rd century BCE.

Mangal Pandey: The Rising

It is a 2005 historical biographical drama based on the life of Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier who is known for helping to spark the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Lagaan

Starring Aamir Khan, Lagaan is a 2001 sports musical drama that takes you back to the historical days of India during it's British rule.

Bajirao Mastani

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the 2015 period drama narrates the unforgettable love story of Peshwa Bajirao I and his second wife Mastani. The film is led by Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.

Padmaavat

Deepika Padukone has portrayed an impeccable role of 13th-14th century's iconic Rajput queen Rani Padmavati through the 2018 romantic epic war drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Tanhaji

Tracing the life of Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare, 'Tanhaji' is a 2020 action war drama directed under Om Raut.

Panipat

Starring Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt, 'Panipat' is a 2019 Hindi epic war drama. Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar based on the infamous Third Battle of Panipat.

Ponniyin Selvan

It is a Tamil-language epic action drama film series directed by Mani Ratnam. Starring a stellar casts, the two cinematic parts are based on Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1955 novel, Ponniyin Selvan.