I have many American friends who love bollywood movies or who would love to watch some. For those of you Indians who are settled abroad and want to introduce your friends to some good Indian movies, here are a few you can begin with.
Jab We Met – A sweet and light romantic movie. I hesitate to call it a comedy but it certainly will make most laugh out loud at various parts.
Rang De Basanti - A serious movie with issues such as Indian freedom discussed with a taste of how Indian college life and friendships are. It’s worth a watch, but just a little hard to follow without having an Indian there to explain some portions despite the subtitles – it’s due to the historical parts.
Kal Ho Na Ho - This was a remake of an old Indian movie. I have no idea how to describe this one, I can just say it’s a very good movie.
Woh Lamhe - Not a lot of people settled abroad know of this movie, but it is one of my personal favourites. The story line is great and the concepts just awesome. The best part about it is, it is actually a true story for the most part.
Lagaan - See the British-Indian spirit while India was still under colonial rule.
Samay – Again, a hard to find personal favourite. This is a bollywood thriller for those of you who enjoy thrillers.
Don – If you like action movies, you might like this.. it’s an interesting piece of work.
Umrao Jaan – Old or new, either one works.. its a great work depicting the life of a an unfortunate lady in a lesser known setting coming from India.
Hopefully this helps those of you who need or have a friend who needs a neat introduction to Bollywood/Hindi movies!
Feel free to leave comments with other suggestions, I’m sure it will come in handy for someone!