The new trend of making historical films in Bollywood
In Bollywood there are many historical films, which tell us the story of the past. There has been an explosion of historical Hindi films over the past couple of years. Bajirao Mastani arrived in late 2015, Raag Desh in 2017, Padmaavat in 2018, and he was followed later that year by Gold and Manto. This year there were Manikarnika and Kesari. Two films about the Marathas are here, Panipat and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior in January. Historical films allow directors to play on the beliefs of today while evoking legends of the past.
Each generation makes historic films in its own image. The directors choose the story because it is a ready source. Through historical films, we know our past. This is a good thing, but most historical films are about battles between two armies and it makes us understand how our Indian fighters fought to save our country.
From Padmaavat to Tanhaji, nothing is more important than protecting the homeland. There is a scene in Padmaavat where Ratan Singh tells Khilji that history is not just written on paper you can burn. Instead of inventing its own legends, Hindi cinema has turned to history.
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