Real stories


The world of entertainment has borrowed motivation from reality since time immemorial. It’s time to indulge into how the events truly transpired!

They say real life inspires true art, and we couldn’t agree more. The masterpieces which have carved an indelible mark in the history of movies and shows are often pictorial projections of the events of reality. From Academy award-winning movies to trend-setting shows, the true events often transcend into the world of mainstream entertainment. Read on to uncover and discover the shades of realism in your favourite pieces of ‘reel!’

Catch Me If You Can











Leonardo DiCaprio kept us and Tom Hanks on toes with this 2002 biographical crime film, canvassing around the life of Frank Abagnale. By the age of nineteen, the latter had successfully managed to earn millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a doctor, a teacher, and a Parish prosecutor. The con artist after serving five years in prison, was then roped in by the FBI to assist in catching check frauds and went on to establish his own security firm.


Dallas Buyers Club


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The 2013 Academy Award nominee, directed by Jean- Marc Vallee, narrates the story of Ron Woodroof, who established the titular group in 1988. An AIDS patient diagnosed in the mid-1980s, a period when the disease was not wholly assimilated by the society and was stigmatised to a great degree, smuggled and distributed unapproved medicinal drugs in Texas for treating fellow AIDS patients. Woodroof passed away after seven years from pneumonia triggered by AIDS.





  Spotlight film








The intriguing biographic drama, which unfolded a horrific practice within the realms of the sacred, went on to win the 2015 Academy Award for Best Film. It is based on the stories by The Boston Globe‘s “Spotlight” team, an operating investigative journalist unit in Boston. It investigated cases of child sex abuse by priests of the Roman Catholic Church, and earned the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The team uncovered a list of places all around the world where cases relating to abuse by priests have taken place.


Stranger Things


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The 2016 internet sensation which garnered instant praise on Netflix is believed to be based on Preston B. Nichols’ Montauk novels, as the Duffer brothers initially created the show with the title ‘Montauk.’ The trilogy is constructed around his experiences at Camp Hero, a government premise where scientific achievements were being endeavoured by crossing all boundaries of reality and fiction. It talked about psychic warfare, time travel experiments and trials on children. Well, it does sound eerily close to the life of Eleven!




Pablo Escobar









The recipient of two Emmy nominations, Narcos revolves around the life and times of the real-life drug leader Pablo Escobar. The drug kingpin became a billionaire and one of the wealthiest men in the world by producing and circulating cocaine. ‘The King of Cocaine’ branched out his drug network over years through corruption and intimidation of government officials. Often seen as a confluence of a hero and a criminal, he surrendered to the Colombian authorities in 1991 and subsequently escaped prison in 1992. Following his chase by different entities, Escobar was finally shot and killed by the Columbian National Police in 1993.


Orange Is the New Black


 women's prison








The 2013 Netflix hit is based on Piper Kerman’s 2010 memoir ‘Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison’.The protagonist was convicted on the charges of money laundering and drug trafficking, resulting in her stay at three different federal women’s prison for 15 months. The international bureaucracy, the poor prison system of the US, and Kerman’s moral retrospection form the primal motifs in her memoir.Since then, she has been appointed to serve on the Board of Women’s Prison Association and is working as a communication strategist for non-profit organisations.


 Image Credits: Wikipedia, Script Magazine, Empire, Den of Geek, The Inquisitr, IMDb


Saumya Kalia

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