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Does the success of URI and Kesari reaffirm that the trend of real-life stories is here to stay?

This is the season for films based on real people and real-life events. Looking at the trends, it seems like it is the real-life stories that are striking a chord with the audience. Let us have a look at the films that raked in massive numbers at the box office in 2019 so far.

Leading the table is Vicky Kaushal starrer URI: The Surgical Strike that grossed Rs 233.25 crore at the Indian box office. The film, that is based on India’s surgical strike on the Pakistani Army in September 2016, released in January and till date, remains still unbeatable. Akshay Kumar is a reigning box-office star. His last release Kesari is based on the Battle Of Saragarhi in 1897. His performance left an impression among audiences and struck a chord with audiences all over the country. It collected Rs 150 crore at the box office. Apart from these, Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi (in Hindi), Thackeray (Hindi) and Gully Boy performed exceptionally well at the box office.

In 2018, films such as Raid, Omerta, Raazi, Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran, Sanju, GOLD and Soorma released that are inspired from or based on real life people. Seems like there is no stopping to this trend as PM Narendra Modi, Super 30, Sardar Udham Singh, ’83, The Sky Is Pink, Mission Mangal and the biopic on Shakuntala Devi are just a few among several of such stories that are all lined up for release.

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