With the Bollywood industry dabbling in numerous genres throughout the years, one genre in which the industry has perfected itself is various historical plays. Because such films are frequently filmed on a large budget, they demand more precision in terms of historical pasts, costumes, massive sets, and carefully aligned figures.
Making us all feel connected to our pasts and familiarising audiences with real-life royal-based epic dramas like as Bajirao Mastani, Mughal-e-Azam, Jodha Akbar, and others. Take a look at some of the most famous Bollywood actors who have played real-life rulers on screen:
Hrithik Roshan in the film Jodha Akbar
This 2008 Epic historical drama by Ashutosh Gowariker included an ensemble cast of different notable faces as historical personalities in the film, including Foray joining the film as Mughal ruler Akbar. The film, which received a 7.6 rating on IMDb, revolved around Jodhaa, a fiery Rajput princess who married Mughal emperor Akbar for numerous political reasons.
The film garnered a huge reception at the box office after they eventually fell in love, and it went on to win multiple awards.
Hrithik Roshan, who played Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, Jodhaa’s spouse and Mallika Hermida Banu Begum’s son, was one of Bollywood’s hottest historical kings!
In the film Veer, Mithun Chakraborty plays King Prithvi Singh.
While the film Veer may not have performed well at the box office or impressed spectators to a greater extent, the skill of the actors who played historical roles should not be underestimated.
Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Sohail Khan, Jackie Shroff, and Zarine Khan starred in this 2010 epic action film directed by Anil Sharma.
Mithun Chakraborty plays Prithvi Singh, a legendary Pindari warrior who was famed for his heroic battles to rescue India from British domination. The film chronicles his son’s wishes to carry on his father’s heritage.
Ranveer Singh in the film Bajirao Mastani
Bajirao Mastani, released in 2015, is still renowned for its massive set, amazing costumes, and wonderfully aligned characters. It is recognised as one of the best films of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh together.
The brilliance of Ranveer Singh in the part of Bajirao 1, the Peshwa of the Maratha kingdom, became one of the most talked-about subjects at the time. The film tells the narrative of brave Peshwa Bajirao, who, despite being married to Kashibai, falls in love with the warrior princess Mastani, and succeeds in making the audience a major fan of the duo and their fascinating melodies.
The film comes to a terrible conclusion as the couple fights to keep their love alive by battling the latter’s strict family.
Shahrukh Khan in the film Ashoka
In the 2001 film Ashoka, actor Shahrukh Khan wonderfully portrayed Ashoka, the heir to the Maurya Empire. Santosh Sivan’s epic historical drama film received a 6.5 IMDb rating and was praised for Shahrukh Khan’s never-before-seen transformation.
After a fight with his half-brother Susima, Ashoka was sent on an exile in this film by Red Chilies Entertainment. And along the way, he meets the princess of Kalinga, Kaurwaki, and falls in love with her right away!
Shahid Kapoor in Padmaavat
Shahid Kapoor’s portrayal of Ratan Singh, the last Rajput prince of the Guhila dynasty who ruled the kingdom of Mewar, was acclaimed for preserving the respect, pride, honour, and principles of a Rajput ruler.
The actor nailed his role as Ratan Singh Rajput in the film Padmaavat, delivering lines like “Itihaas Apne Pannay Badal Sakta Hai Pan Rajput Apnai Usool Nahe Badaltay” and others with tremendous pleasure.
Deepika Padukone, the famed Rajput queen and wife of the Rajput monarch, Ratan Singh, was seen helming the character of Padmavati, adding to the film’s splendour.
Ranveer Singh in Padmavat
The actor’s vicious features in Padmaavat, where he played the monarch of the Delhi Sultanate, Alauddin Khilji, established him as one of the most talented actors in Bollywood history.
Ranveer Singh climbed the ladder of success with his performance in the film, brilliantly delving under the skin of the role and shocking viewers with his impactful performance as the second and most powerful monarch of the Khalji dynasty.
Alauddin Khilji, on the other hand, gained the throne of the Delhi Sultanate by assassinating his paternal uncle and then went on to siege Chittor in order to kidnap Ratan Singh’s wife, Padmavati.
Kabir Bedi as Shahjahan in the film Taj Mahal
This historical drama film directed by Akbar Khan was released in 2005 and shed light on the construction of the Taj Mahal tomb. This film featured excellent actors like Arbaaz Khan, Kabir Bedi, Manisha Koirala, and others in the key parts, earning it a 5.1 rating on IMDB.
The film began with Mumtaz Mahal lying on her deathbed, making a wish to Shahjahan to build a mausoleum as a symbol of their eternal love and her memory, with actor Kabir Bedi playing the part of emperor Shah Jahan or prince Khurram.
Akshay Kumar in the upcoming film, Prithviraj
While we have all been eagerly anticipating the release of this film, fans of Akshay Kumar, who plays Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, a monarch from the Chahamana (Chauhan) family, are becoming increasingly concerned about the film.
Aside from that, we’re also excited because Manushi Chillar, the former Miss World, is making her debut in the glam world.
While there have been countless daily soap operas about Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan to far, the Bollywood industry has attempted to cite the king’s storey this time. The film will finally be released on January 21, 2022, after being rumoured to be released on November 5, 2021.