Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Movie List

My Christmas gifts are already given; thanks to some creative people. I'm yet to open the wrapper, but I cant wait to catch each of them!

Now, my dear, let me talk to you. You, the nice bollywood fan who is not from India. Nope, having an Indian DNA does not automatically make you a true blue Bollywood fan.

Quick Quiz:

1. Who is Kareena's boyfriend?

2. The actor whos characters are mostly names Rahul, or Raj in most of his movies.

3. Name two movies of Kajol.

4. Name three Khans ( bonus point for naming four) in Bollywood

5. who is Sanju Baba?

If you got atleast three of the above right off your head without googling, then this list is not for you. If, however, you did not make the cut, then read on, for this list is for you.

1. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S

Comedy. But for complete entertainment, get someone who understands the Tapori Hindi so that they can translate the sprit of the dialogue.

2. Chak De India
I assume that you have already seen Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, Kabhi Khushie Kabhie Ghum, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Paagal Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho et al. Some of you might have even seen Main Hoon Na and have already booked the tickets for Om Santi Om and have seen DON. But this is not a typical SRK movie : you dont have to suspend disbelief, and can watch a less hyper, but equally intense, performance of Shahrukh Khan.

And yes, this movie is heavily inspired from the different sports movies in Hollywood, so play spot the scene.

3. Dil Chahta Hai

I don't have a favorite scene in this movie... every scene is precocious, and this is our filmy version of Friends. Best to watch it with an yuppie Indian, who will get nostalgic over this movie :)

And yes, I know you would have seen Lagaan!

4. Honeymoon Travels :
You must have seen Monsoon Wedding... now see what happens after the marriage!

Amisha Patel and KK Menon are hilarious in this movie!

5. Being Cyrus:

This is one trippy movie. It's in English, so you hopefully do not need the subtitles...

I wanted to end this list with just five, but hey, here is one bonus movie:

6. Omkaara

It is an adaptation of Othello. The dialogues are caustic; hotter than Tabasco sauce, and pithy like tequila shots, and the actors are really good.

Have an Indian who knows Hindi well enough to translate the movie, which begins with 'Bewakoof aur Chootiye ke beech mein... ' the language is half the fun, do not lose it.

Answers :

1. Saif Ali Khan
2. Shahrukh Khan
4.Saif, Shahrukh, Salman & Amir ( also Fardeen, Sayed, Sanjay etc etc... )
5. Sanjay Dutt who will never be fifty again... and fyi, Baba means 'baby' in Hindi.

Happy watching!


DD said...

I understand where you are coming from, here are my recommendations...i disagree so much with your observations :)
(1) I would go for Lage Raho over MBBS, inspite of being slightly anti-Gandhi ever since I saw Ajay Devgan's "The Legend of Bhagat Singh"
(2) Swades scores very heavily over CDI :) SRKs best performance to date!
(3) Gets a little boring and cliched towards the end, esp the scene when Aamir gatecrashes on Preity's wedding. I would pick Farhan Akhtar's Lakshya over this.
(4) Fun while it lasted, yes. Not sooo good :) Amisha was plain irritating as her character was supposed to be and KK was real good. I would pick the classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro or Andaz Apna Apna.
(5) Overhyped as a crossover movie. Not worth. I would go for Johhny Gaddar instead...one of the best movies released this year, along with Metro!
(6) Omkara was also slightly overhyped I think. Ram Gopal Verma's Satya is my pick over this.

Anonymous said...

Who is karina's bor friend..we will have to her itself for the latest update :)


usha said...

hey!! long time since got to peep into ur space.. n guess wot, even i've been smitten by the bollywood bug this season! n as i just realised while making a post on it, that discussing bollywood movies r always fun..
i miss my gud old college gang where we used to review and shred every new movie into pieces! :D
happy movie watching to u too!

Surya said...

agree with DD - I prefer your list for myself, but for my foreign friends, I think my list is easier...

Ibanov, Sir Rekaf said...

Nice list. Personally,
* LRM over MBBS inspite of the pro-Gandhigiri.
* Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro can't be left out.
* Johnny Gaddar, as a spl mention after Being Cyrus.
* Maqbool alongside Omkara, which I thought was somewhat overrated.
* Notable mentions of 06: Khosla ka Ghosla, Yun Hota to Kya Hota, Pyar ke Side/Effects

Other than that, can't agree more wrt DCH and CDI.

Oh and I haven't seen Honeymoon Travels :( The quiz was way too easy though!

Surya said...

@Rekaf : I have seen JG but cant remember any scene except NNM gyrating to a song in his apartment... wooooooo.... :))