When I hear of Bollywood or Indian movies, the first movie that comes to mind is of course “Slumdog Millionaire”. There is no doubt about it because of its huge success in Hollywood and in several theatres around the world. But take note, the movie Slumdog Millionaire is not from Bollywood. It is a British movie inspired by the Indian cultures. That’s why it is often mistaken as a Bollywood movie. The following lists are real Bollywood movies you better need to watch before the end of the world:
1. London Dreams. I watched this movie last year and I even posted a review about it. Until now, I kept reminded of the things I liked about the movie. The singing, which is Bollywood’s trademark, was very contagious. I even downloaded the songs featured in the movie. Other than its pure entertainment with singing and dancing in most parts of the film, its story line would surely make you reflect about harsh reality of life. Its theme mainly revolves around a musically-inclined family, chasing dreams, friendship, betrayal and humility.
2. Taare Zameen Par. In English it means Stars on Earth. This film debuted in Indian theatres in 2007. It had won several awards in 2008 from Indian film awarding bodies. It became India’s official entry for Academy Awards Best Foreign Film in 2009, the same year Slumdog Millionaire got so much attention from awarding bodies. Last month, I received a copy of this movie and I have no regret watching it. I say it is a great movie worth spending more than 2 hours on the couch. It talks about the painful reality of how we normally treat people with unusual behavior. This movie will make you laugh, knob to agree and cry a little.
3. Three Idiots. It’s a comedy movie in 2009 that became the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time in India. It had also won several awards including Best Director and Best Film just to name a few. I thought it would be about real stupid people who have nothing else to do but stupid things. A friend told me to watch it to see for myself that my first impression was wrong. Indeed I was wrong. The humor was not corny. Every punch line was on point. The twists of events are also surprisingly impressive. Most importantly, it has great lessons about friendship that are applicable to real life situation. I even had some tearful moments watching it. Lol.