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2009-03-16, 02:16 AM
I review films for a book, and since I'm doing asian films (and Slumdog Millionaire made it big) I am now by default the Bollywood guy. The only problem is I don't know much about Bollywood films having seen very few of them. So I'm hoping someone has some recommendations. Currently I have reviewed the following:

Bandh Darwaza
Purana Mandir
Purani Haveli
Om Shanti Om
Main Hoon Na
Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai
Bolywood Dreams (aka Rangeela)
Hum Tumhaire Hain Sanam
Sarkar Raj
Shakthi: The Power
Kyun! Ho Gaya Na
Waqt: The Race Against Time

My only limits are I can only review films available on DVD in the US. If anyone can recommend any good (or really, really bad) films you have my eternal thanks :smallbiggrin:

2009-03-21, 01:31 AM
I don't have a lot of familiarity with Bollywood films, but there are a few that I've seen that I would recommend checking out.

Dhoom 2
Rang de Basanti
Kabul Express
Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham
Hum Tum
Dil Se
Kal Ho Na Ho
Water/Fire/Earth (I wouldn't actually classify these as Bollywood films, but they were made in India and feature several prominent Bollywood actors. As a bonus, they're in English IIRC.)

Hope that helps.

Edit: I can't believe I forgot Traffic Signal! One of my favorites!

2009-03-21, 01:52 AM
Lagaan! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagaan)

2009-03-21, 01:54 AM
Bollywood made a blatant spoof, Bride and Prejudice and its fairly popular. It might be worth checking out.

2009-03-21, 03:14 PM
Sneak already recommended Lagaan (aka How to Learn about Cricket in the most Awesome Way Possible), so I will recommend:

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai, both very fun.

2009-03-21, 08:41 PM
I can vouch for the quality of 99% of the movies listed. Make sure you see both Dhoom movies (the first one was far better IMO) and both the Don remake and the original.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Lagaan are ESSENTIAL. Watch the former as soon as you can; but be warned it's about 3 hours long.

EDIT: Wow, I forgot the two classics...I assumed that you'd already seen them, they were so popular. Even more essential than the above two:

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Lot of Shahrukh? Heck yeah. :smallcool:

2009-03-21, 10:26 PM
Good Lord either Sharukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan seem to be in 90% of the films I'm reviewing!!

Thanks for the suggestions guys.

Is there much in the way of decent horror/fantasy/scifi/exploitation/cult films in India? Most of the stuff Im reviewing either seems to be comedy or drama and/or romance. I'd like to have a little of everything if possible.