(Last Updated on : 08/09/2014)
Period Movie Directors of India have often merged the fine lines between historical, periodical and costume drama. Although there are certain problematic zones allied with the making of historical cinema, yet the Period Movie Directors of India have had always ventured into the same. Firstly a certain amount of risk is involved to choose a historical subject as Indians are not very interested in the surveillance of movies based on history. Next, it is hard to create the era on careen. Moreover, there is constantly a risk of fanning up the fire of controversy as almost every historical made in Indian cinema gets allegation from historians and critics for the distortion of historical elements. In the black and white era this genre was at its peak.
is one of the best Period films. Till date this no other epic could match its scale, popularity and class. Although the existence of Anarkali is not fully historical yet there is historical fact that there were tensions between Akbar
and his son Jahangir
. Prithviraj Kapoor
made the role of Akbar memorable. Asoka
is another period film by Santosh Shivan
that traces the root cause of Kalinga
war and the resultant effects of the same.
is one prolific pole star who ventured amidst the genre of Period Films. Zubeidaa (2001) with top Hindi film star Karishma Kapoor
had its brief moments of its poise and cinematic grandeur. It delineates the story of a woman who led life on her own terms and through the lucid yet placid cinematic moments; the film captures the timeless frames of hope, of rejuvenation and pain languishment. The material that Benegal had to start with had all the elements required to make an extremely engaging film - romance, passion and drama, all reminiscent of his central character in Bhumika but the end result this time was a film that is oddly flat, clinical and mostly boring, a problem that also befell his following biopic 'Netaji Subash Chandra Bose
: The Forgotten Hero' (2005).
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
's Devdas is yet another Period film that traces the love -lorn saga of Devdas by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay
. His is the third Hindi version that incorporates Madhuri Dixit
, Shahrukh Khan
and Aishwarya Rai
. Subhash Ghai
in Kisna and Kashmakash (Noukadubi in Bengali) made a route to the roots as he captured in reel the feel of the bygone era.
Pradeep Sarkar made his directorial debut with the film Parineeta
which earned him the national film award for best Director (first film). The film was based on Sarat Chandra Chatterjee
's Novel Parineeta that had been a critical and commercial success at box office as well.
Umrao Jaan directed by Muzaffar Ali
and later by J. P. Dutta
, who is known for directing many patriotic war films and action films. These things have always got enough importance in his films. He always takes a collection of stars to create an impact over the audience. Ashutosh Gowariker
directed Jodha Akbar, lagaan whose works thrived to portray the Indian classical panorama. Lagaan received critical acclaim and also nomination for an Oscar Academy Award in USA for Best Foreign Language Film. It ranked third among 2001 Indian movies in terms of gross revenue.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
an academy award- nominated Indian producer and filmmaker who makes a combination of commercial and parallel films has created films like 1942, A love Story which can be regarded as a period film. His Eklavya
: The Royal Guard can also be regarded as a period film.
with his explicit direction of comedy and satire, sylvan romance, violence and rebellion, has created a niche in the hearts of millions. His movie Pinjar had been an apt one in depicting the Partition and the issues related to it. Again Mangal Pandey
: The Rising captured the life history of Mangal Pandey, the leader of Revolt of 1857
and the cause pertaining to the evolution of the revolt as well as the uprising of the soldiers who had till then been a loyal comrade of the British rulers