Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bollywood Movies

Bollywood is India's version of Hollywood.  I like to watch Bollywood movies because they're generally clean, optimistic, and original.  Indian standards for movies are very different from American standards.  For example, you'll never see a man kiss a woman in a Bollywood movie.  Kissing is taboo in India.  Sometimes I'm surprised by what they consider appropriate, so it's best to check the ratings before watching.  Bollywood movies include a lot of singing and dancing, kind of like an American musical.  My husband finds the dancing sequences to be annoying, so we sometimes fast-forward through them.


If you're new to Bollywood movies, you might want to start with one that's designed for American audiences.  Bride and Prejudice is the Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice.  Unlike most Bollywood movies, this one is in English, so you won't need to read subtitles.



Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) is the first Bollywood movie I ever saw and it remains one of my favorites.  In it, a gangster decides to reform himself by becoming a doctor, just like his father always wanted.  For this one, you'll have to read subtitles.  I liked the unpredictable plot and entertaining characters.
Lagaan:  Once Upon a Time in India (2001) harks back to the time when India was a British colony.  The cruel British rulers challenge the men of the village to a game of cricket with high stakes.  If they lose, their taxes will double.  As you may have guessed, the English are all expert cricket players while the Indians have absolutely no experience playing the game.  This movie is quite long, but I thought it was very engaging and entertaining.  Again, you'll have to read subtitles.

3 comments:

  1. Munnabhai and Lagaan are two major Bollywood hits. I grew up on a steady diet of Bollywood movie, but haven't watched any in the past year. There are now two Munnabhai movies (the second one has a focuson Mahatma Gandhi) and the last Aamir Khan movie I watched was Three Idiots which was great! I've heard that Raa-One and Bodyguard are the latest hits. Older, sweet, romantic classics include Kuch, Kuch Hota Hain; Khabhi Khushi Khabhi Gham; My Name is Khan; Mohabbatein; Dilwale Dulhaniyaan Le Jayenge, etc. You can check them out if you like:)

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  2. Thanks for the recommendations, Identity Seeker. I'll be sure to check them out.

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  3. I am myself an Indian (though if you ask me, I'd take a Hollywood movie any day) so this was quite an interesting post. I'm glad you watched Munnabhai. I've always thought it was hilarious. IdentitySeeker definitely has some awesome recommendations and I'd love to add one to the list! Check out Ta Ra Rum Pum. It's a family movie and so cute! It brought tears to my eyes ;))

    Anyway, thanks for inviting me to join your Persuasion blog tour! I would love to join!

    Anagha
    http://book-spark.blogspot.com/

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