Friday 10 January 2014

Some Lovely Bollywood Movies

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For a HUGE Bollywood fan like me, just picking 5 Off-beat Bollywood films that I really like is a challenge. 

But, here’s one list… I have watched each of these movies several times and would recommend them to anyone who is yet to watch them...

Paa – A delightful yet heart-wrenching tale of a Progeria (a rare medical condition of old-age in a youngster) afflicted child.

I loved the movie as-

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan…
  • It has the concept of ‘one-borderless-world.’
  • It’s pretty progressive with a gynecologist unwed mother.
  • Adorable chemistry between the granny & grandson.
  • Smart child who deals with his best-friend as well as the Politician with equal elan!
  • Cute dance-steps that make me wanna imitate!
  • Smart intellectual Politician who’s always busy for development yet is vocal on news-channels, expressing his ‘mistake’ and is not shy of facing the facts. Wish all our Politicians were like him.
  • The child manages to bring his Paa & Maa together at the end...

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English Vinglish – A sweet story of an enterprising Laddoo-'entrepreneur'-cum-home-maker, who learns English when she visits the USA & earns ‘respect’.

I loved the movie as-

  • Sridevi & all others…
  • It’s so real.
  • It’s about a mom-wife-daughter-in-law-sister-aunt-cum- Laddoo-business ‘entrepreneur’ – a woman who wears many hats.
  • The airline scene when she meets Amitabh Bachchan.
  • How the protagonist wins hearts with her simplicity & genuineness- right from her daughter’s English Teacher, her Laddoo clients, a French Man, her own gay English Teacher… & ultimately her own family…
  • She walks on the streets of New York in style!
  • She doesn’t want love; she wants ‘respect’ that she deservedly earns.
  • Heart-warming ‘English’ speeches at the Indo-American wedding.
  • Shows how willingness to learn, dedication & hard-work can create a confident winner. 

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Swades – A back-to-roots story of a NASA Scientist who drops his prejudices as he discovers love for his motherland, also his ladylove, and stays back in India.

I loved the movie as-

  • ShahRukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi…
  • A brainy mathematics teacher who’s an amazing number-cruncher
  • The meaningful dialogues
  • Travel via many means of transport- Truck, Train, Boat…
  • It shows the power of common men as they together succeed in generating power & light up the ‘bulb’…
  • How the heroine says ‘no’ to a prospective chauvinistic groom
  • How the hero dances when the above proposal falls flat!
  • Village-community participation- shown together as a group watching movies, Ramayan play etc.
  • What she ‘gifts’ him when he’s leaving.

A smiling, young Indian boy sits at a desk with his head resting on his folded arms in front of him. Behind him and to his right, a young Indian man is doing the same and is looking at the boy. Above them is the film's title "Taare Zameen Par" with the subtitle of "Every Child is Special". Drawings of a bird, plane, octopus, and fish are in the background.

Taare Zameen Par – A moving story of the trials of a dyslexic child and how he shows vast improvement with the attention of a caring teacher.

I loved the movie as-

  • Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra…
  • It shows everyone is special & given the right guidance, talent can blossom
  • It stresses on alternate means to learn
  • Has lessons for all parents
  • Has moving songs like the title song & ‘Maa’
  • A great painting competition with amazing paintings, that too judged by real ‘Lalita Lajmi’
  • A lovely ending with his painting on school-magazine cover & unconditional ‘love’ & ‘acceptance’ for the child.

The poster depicts three women standing at a ramp, looking forward with confidence. Text at the top of the poster reveals the title and production credits.

Fashion – The true-to-life rise & fall & rise of a small-town-girl-turned-supermodel.

I loved the movie as-

  • Priyanka Chopra, Mugdha Godse, Kangna Ranaut…
  • It exposes the fashion-world. There’s even a cameo of the Director, Madhur Bhandarkar, in which the models are seen discussing that he’s ‘researching’ for his next film!
  • How the heroine sheds her inhibitions, her naivety & gentleness & develops an attitude that she later chucks out.
  • The heroine’s father encourages her to go and again fight it out & be winner as ‘his daughter can’t be loser’.
  • The heroine tries to nurse-to-health an erstwhile rival model, who is a drug-addict & has fallen in bad times.
  • The heroine conquers her own fears & emerges as the best show-stopper even in the face of tragedy.

Points in Common to the above Movies-
  1. The stories are real & hat ke (different).
  2. All the lead-actors and supporting-cast are superb.
  3. These movies had me thinking and stayed with me for many days after I had watched them. For all these, I felt I had watched my own friend’s story…
  4. All these are winner-stories where the protagonists have won in some form or the other…
  5. All these movies have won several awards.
  6. The HUGE Bollywood fan in me feels rewarded when I watch such meaningful cinema.
What are you waiting for? Watch them if you haven’t as yet!

Images Courtesy: Wikipedia

This post is a part of the Miss Lovely Activity in association with BlogAdda.

Miss Lovely, an off-beat film directed by Ashim Ahluwalia is set in the lower depths of Bombay’s “C” grade film industry. It follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sex horror films in the mid – 1980s. A sordid tale of betrayal and doomed love, the film dives into the lower depths of the Bollywood underground, an audacious cinema with baroque cinemascope compositions, lurid art direction, wild background soundtracks, and gut-wrenching melodrama. Miss Lovely is scheduled for commercial release on 17 January 2014.
You can check the trailer of the film-




    1. Yes Red! We love when women or the protagonists win! :)

  2. A Contest Tailor Made for You, Dear
    You selected flicks which were to the heart, near.

    Do have a look at my selections too...
    I hope you will find them nice, won't you?

    Do let me know! :)

    1. Thanks Poonam! Your poem fills me with cheer!
      I'll check out your entry, my dear :)
      Best wishes :)

    2. Had there been a 'like' button here,
      I'd have 'liked' both ur comments my dears!! :D

      Just couldn't stop myself from chipping in- 2 gud both your conversations! Keep it up alwez my bsy blogging frends! :D

    3. Thank you, Amrita, for chipping in with words so sweet :)
      I LIKE your comments always- they are a cool treat :)

  3. Fasion, English Vinglish and Taare Zameen Par! :) All good choices and a great post too :) Good luck with the contest, Anita! :)

    1. Thanks Preeti! Glad you liked the selection :) I had compiled a HUGE list, but could just share these 5! Weekend-Time was a factor! :)

  4. Listing out reasons for liking your listed movies is a nice clear idea and makes the post easy to digest. I'd have loved to read your clinically listed views on parallel cinema as well.

    Arvind Passey

    1. Thanks for sharing your views!
      I complied my list of my 'favorite', 'contemporary' movies that happen to deal with 'off-beat' subjects. These movies are a part of popular cinema that's distinguished from the parallel.
      I feel Bollywood is enriched by both categories & the line separating them is blurred.
      I do have a HUGE list that I hoped to share & honor by writing many Posts but couldn't manage with weekend family commitments :)

  5. This one has your name written on it. The true 'bollywood ' fan.
    All the best for the contest Anita

    1. Thanks Preethi for the wish & sweet comment! 'Bollywood Fan khush hua' :)

  6. I loved english vinglish the most among the movies above as am a die hard sridevi fan. Can nver forget Priyanka in Fashion
    all my fav movies r listed here :) good to meet another movie buff <3

    1. Thanks Afshan for stopping by & sharing! Welcome to my Blog.
      Pleasure is mine too. I love Bollywood & Bollywood fans :)
      As die-hard fans we have so many favorites & want to list all of them :)

  7. All are my favourite too Anita :) But, I just love 'Taare Jameen Par' :) Best wishes for the contest!

    The Arts & Me

    1. Great to know, Sindhu :) We have similar tastes :)
      Thanks for your wish :)

  8. I have seen all of them... great choice. Each has a positive message.

    1. Yes, indeed Indrani :) Great when movies have positive messages for us to learn.

  9. Loved all the movies Anita. TZP, English vinglish and Fashion were my most fav movies. Lovely post dear. All the best :)

    1. Nice to learn that Bushra! How we all love Bollywood movies :)
      Thanks for your appreciation & wish :)

  10. Ah! nice pick :)
    You should change the title to your favourite recent bollywood movies,what say?
    And create a new post for best classics! Nicely done :)

    1. Thanks Bhavya :)
      The title has 'lovely' coz all these movies are lovely, also as this Post is for the promo of the latest-movie- Miss Lovely.
      Being such a huge Bollywood fan, had decided to write many Posts with different titles including the one you have suggested - that would have a different list of movies :) Hope to do soon!

  11. Loved that marathi hindi song from English Vinglish :) Liked Fashion too, but found Heroine to be an almost replica of it :|

    1. Yes Seeta, even I loved the catchy song.
      Okay. Fashion was about a model while Heroine about an actress- both deal with the glamour industry...Am yet to watch Heroine though I have watched almost all the Madhur Bhandarkar movies. :)

  12. im a big fan of Fashion....had fun reading through...all the best!

    1. Thanks for your appreciation & wish, Kimi :) Delighted :)

  13. TZP n Fashion are my favorites :) interesting read :)

  14. Great selection - Been there seen them :)

    1. Thanks Suresh ji :) Just a small list here as my favorites list is HUGE :)

  15. Very nice post again! Heart touching movies all of them! All the very best to U! :)

    1. Thanks Amrita :) Glad you liked my selection :)

  16. English Vinglish and Taare Zameen Par are two of my favourites!

    1. Thanks for stopping by & sharing :) Yes, these 2 heart-warming movies deal with education- learning & winning :)


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