Recommended Bollywood Movies and Reviews
What is Bollywood?
Bollywood, is the term used to describe movies that originate from Bombay (now known as Mumbai) in India, and has been derived from an amalgamation of the words Bombay and Hollywood.
Bombay, which is now called Mumbai (Bollywood has not however been replaced with Mollywood) is the center of Indian movies industry, in much the same way that Hollywood is the center of the US movie industry. Bollywood is by far the largest producer of films in India and they are one of the largest producers of films in the world - there are on average three new Bollywood movies every day!
Although many of these movies are formulaic, increasingly the audiences are looking for new and more unique experiences. The audiences are no longer limited to the Indian sub-continent and every year an increasing share of the audience come from other countries including the USA, Europe and Australia.
The increasing international appeal has led to more films being made in Hinglish (a mix of Hindi and English), whereas they were exclusively in Hindi for the Indian audience.
Bollywood movies really do offer something for everyone - they are generally longer than two hours, with many hitting three hours long. They have singing, dancing, extravagant outfits, breathtaking scenery and are usually charged with emotion. They provide audiences with escapism and entertainment. If you have not watched one before, pick one from my list below and get watching!
All of these movies are available in Hindi with English subtitles. Some are available dubbed into English too.
3 Idiots is an amazing movie and one that really does have it all - beautiful scenery, emotionally charged, funny and with deep meaning.
This film is about three students that go to university to study engineering and they become very close friends. The movie shows their passage through university, the challenges they face not just with their field of study but also with inner conflict about what they are doing there. One of the "idiots" is not a conventional thinker and he encourages others around him to do things because they are passionate about them rather than because they have to. He has a profound impact on their lives.
The songs get your feet tapping, the outfits are colorful and along with some of the scenery provide a visual treat, but this film is worth watching for the message that it sends out. You will want to talk about this film with your friends after you watch it and you will remember it forever.
What are you waiting for - buy it and watch it!
Buy "3 Idiots" on DVD
Jab We Met
When We Met
Jab We Met appears to be a Romantic Movie and will certainly appeal to those that like romance. However it is more than just a romantic movie, it is an inspirational movie and it will get you thinking deeply about exactly what life is all about. It is a warming movie and will stimulate the senses.
The costumes, breathtaking cinematography and wonderfully choreographed dances will keep you glued to the seat watching. There is comedy, and it is easy to watch but for those that want deeper meaning, that is there too. In fact this movie should appeal to all the family without feeling watered down.
It is enormously enjoyable - you will want to watch it again and again.
Buy "Jab We Met" on DVD
Taare Zameen Par
Like Stars on Earth
This movie will touch your heart - it is a tale of a young boy who finds joy in things that no one else does such as beauty and color. However, he struggles at school and his parents struggle with him to the point that they can no longer handle him and so they send him to boarding school.
At school, the boy meets a teacher who gains his trust and works with him. This story is about their relationship, and the transformation of a boy that was considered to be a failure.
This movie will make you laugh and make you cry but more importantly, it will make you see things in a different way and it will touch your heart. An inspiring movie that you will remember forever.
My Name is Khan
The movie is based in the USA and is centered around an autistic man that has love in his heart for everyone around him and he meets the girl of his dreams and settles down with her. Then the world changes on September 11th as do people's attitudes towards the main character, this in turn changes the couple's relationship with each other.
At the very heart of the movie, is a love story, but there are other aspects too, some of which might be uncomfortable and disturbing and will make you look at the world in a different way.
This movie is going to take you through an emotional roller coaster ride from happiness to sadness, love to hate, and the determination and set-backs to make a difference.
It challenges your beliefs and allows you to see the world through another person's eyes. It is definitely worth watching.
Buy "My Name is Khan" on DVD
This is a love story that will make you happy and will make you cry. It is a beautifully crafted film that will touch you and stay with you forever.
The movie is about a man from India and a woman from Pakistan that fall in love and struggle because of people's prejudices. A prejudice that is created simply because an arbitrary line is drawn on a map that changes human relationships forever.
This is one of the best and most powerful love stories that I have watched and will leave you feeling for the main characters in a way that you may never have felt before.
This is definitely one for your collection.
Buy "Veer Zaara" on DVD
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Whether Tomorrow Comes or Not
Bollywood is about emotion, and this has got to be the daddy of them all. Be prepared for an emotionally charged journey when you start watching this movie.
The movie is about three close friends and their journey through life's challenges. The movie is in two halves, with the first half being light and happy and the second half charged with emotion and drama.
The songs are delicate and complement the movie beautifully. Both the movie and the songs are wonderfully crafted and will take you on a journey that you never thought was possible.
Pick up the DVD today and experience an emotional sensation.
Buy "Kal Ho Naa Ho" on DVD
This is a lovely movie, which is fun for all the family. It has some great songs and great comedy.
The story is about a young man that seems to be cursed with bad luck - nothing goes right for him at all. It is when he meets a girl that he soon realizes that her very presence alters things for him dramatically.
Unfortunately the young lady's values are different to that of the young man - this film deals with the crisis that ensues. it is a fun movie that is easy to watch, enormously entertaining with foot-tappingly good music and gorgeous stars.
Good fun for everyone.