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.
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:
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.
1. Saif Ali Khan
2. Shahrukh Khan
3. DDLJ, KKHH
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.