Ever since reading When Dimple Met Rishi (you can read my review here) last year, and the mention of a dance from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), I’ve been itching to watch more Indian films. I’ve seen Om Shanti Om (2007) (and it’s one of my faves and I’ve seen it 3 times now), Bride and Prejudice (2004) (I’ve seen around 4 times), and Ki & Ka (which I need to re-watch ASAP)! But as you can see that list is pretty short. Since reading When Dimple Met Rishi, I also had the honour of attending one of my friend’s weddings (which was a Bengali wedding, and was absolutely amazing! I was encouraged to wear a saree for the morning ceremony, and now I want to wear one all the time! Gah!) So, it should come as no surprise that after all of the movie references in my most recent read, My So-Called Bollywood Life (review coming soon), and the super helpful movie reviews at the end of the book, I had to make a list of the top 10 Indian movies that I need to watch next! (P.S. In order to keep from offending anyone, I ran some polls over on Twitter to make sure that I’m using the proper wording. If something offends you, please message me privately and I will try to fix my wording ASAP!)
– Ten –
Judging from the last section in My So-Called Bollywood Life, this movie seems to be Nisha Sharma’s favourite of all time? So, even though I don’t generally watch 70s movies, I’ll listen to Nisha and will watch it sometime soon, haha!
– Nine –
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
This one I also found through this Twitter thread since it’s the song at the top. It seems very sad, but their acting was just perfection, and I really like the song too. This movie sounds like it’ll make me cry, but I still wanna give it a try! (It turns out that it’s also included in the back of My So-Called Bollywood Life but I just didn’t notice it. Woops!)
– Eight –
Kapoor & Sons (2016)
This movie was also mentioned in My So-Called Bollywood Life, and although I’m not sure how I feel about realistic Indian movies either (something that Sharma mentioned in her little comment about it), I really liked the trailer, and the actors (their chemistry as a family, and romantically), so I’ll have to give watching this one a shot!
– Seven –
Ok, so this one I’m no longer so sure about. I’d been recommended to me a lot over the years, but Nisha Sharma mentioned it in the back of My So-Called Bollywood Life and mentioned that it’s kind of a fail and also offensive. I really like the songs I’ve heard from it though, and am a fan of Priyanka Chopra … so I need your help with this one!
– Six –
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
I actually initially had another movie on this list (Hum Tum), but ended up bumping it off when my Twitter friend @anvireads recommended Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani! This looks so great! Thank you! I’m excited to watch it!
– Five –
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
This one I actually found out about through When Dimple Met Rishi last year (as I mentioned in the intro to this post)! I’m assuming Sandhya Menon likes it, I like the songs, and am a fan of Shah Rukh Khan, so it made the list!
– Four –
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Another one that I’m not sure about (even though it’s in the top 5 on this list). I really liked Bride and Prejudice which was directed by the same director. And I’m super happy to see that Keira Knightley is in this one, because I’m a fan of hers. However … the male lead (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) really freaks me out in the trailer. Something about his face just looks … off? But at the same time, Nisha Sharma really recommends this one in My So-Called Bollywood Life, and it looks like a great 90s Rom-Com.
– Three –
This movie was also mentioned in My So-Called Bollywood Life, and Sharma mentions that while the plot doesn’t seem to be anything original (another take on Romeo and Juliet), the director is known for their cinematography. And after watching the trailer, I must say that the cinematography looks crazy good, and I like the actors!
– Two –
Bajirao Mastani (2015)
This one I also found out about through the Twitter thread that I keep mentioning, and this is actually the post that lead me to it. I am obsessed with the song in the tweet that I linked, and the cinematography and everything. There’s another song that I’ve heard from this movie that I also really like, and I like the actors that were cast in this. Also, Pryanka Chopra is in this one again (though I’ll feel bad for her since it looks like she’ll be the third wheel … sigh)!
– One –
And finally, Queen! This one I 100% found out about through My So-Called Bollywood Life. And after watching the trailer, I can only agree that the main actress looks like she’ll be hysterically funny in this movie. Plus, I think she’s touring Europe on her own? And I tend to like movies with this kind of plot, and am curious to see how it’ll turn out!
Update: I’ve watched this one now, and you can read my review here!
Do you guys recommend any of these? Do you not recommend any of them? Or do you have any movies that you recommend which I didn’t list? I know that there are probably so so many that I haven’t even stumbled upon yet. I’m having some friends over and we’re going to watch either Bajirao Mastani, Queen, Bend It Like Beckham, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, or re-watching Om Shanti Om … or one of the others that I mentioned above or that you recommend. I don’t know what to do! Halp!
Also, do any of you know where the saying “Holy Baby Shah Rukh Khan” comes from? It’s mentioned in My So-Called Bollywood Life quite a bit, and I don’t understand the reference (if there is one) hahaha.
– Recommendations From You Awesome People –
THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING! HAVE YOU WATCHED ANY OF THESE MOVIES? AND IF SO, WHAT DID YOU THINK? IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THEM YET, ARE YOU PLANNING TO? WHY? WHY NOT? DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ME? HAVE YOU HEARD OF, OR WATCHED ANY INDIAN FILMS BEFORE READING THIS POST? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!