Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bollywood!



If you've never seen a Bollywood film, rent one right now.

Irresistible pop beats and cheerful dancing appear out of nowhere. The main character will passionately burst into a mournful song on a crowded train and nobody around him or her will bat an eye. Oh, and the sarees bursting with tropical colors and romantic pinks will take your breath away.

I have to admit though, I have a personal interest in promoting the Indian cinema. My grandfather was a film producer and screenwriter in Bombay for 40 years. He produced films starring Nutan Behl and Amitabh Bachchan. My dad and his siblings grew up on films sets and attended elaborate weddings of Indian movie stars. It sounds like the perfect life to me, but my dad grew up pretty unhappy. His father was never around. His siblings grew up spoiled and arrogant. As soon as he finished college, my dad took off to the U.S. for graduate school and became a physicist.

And he hates Bollywood films. He thinks they're silly and unrealistic.

Well, duh.

That's why I love Bollywood films so much. They remind me of old Hollywood musicals--the kind people watched to get away from life. My life sucks and if I wanted to watch dismal reality, I would just turn off the television and live it. But I want to lose myself in a magical world where it's okay to break out in song and dance when you're happy. Where everyone is beautiful and rich. Where hilarious things happen all the time.

That's all.

Oh, and here are a few suggestions:

Bride and Prejudice
Devdas
Lagaan
Asoka
Fashion (not a musical, but still pretty fab)

14 comments:

Megan Cassidy said...

whoa, that is pretty cool!! I have never seen one, but I will def. have to check one out though!!

Savvy Mode SG said...

I don't think I have seen a Bollywood film.

diamondsinchampagne said...

Yes Bollywood produces some great films. I'm a singer so I appreciate how these films incorporate music :D I should hire one now. I totally agree with how they remind you of old hollywood musicals. I have quite the collection of those

Fashion Moment said...

Thank you for your comment! Your blog is great.

FM~FP

alice said...

I watched Bride and Prejudice and Devdas! That were a good movies, very interesting, so many dances and songs! Love it!

JenBen said...

Check and check. I will be watching a Bollywood film in the near future. Can't wait! Love you :-)

Notes from a London Darling... said...

Love Bollywood! My fave - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. So sweet. x

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i've actually never seen a Bollywood film...i guess i don't find them on tv or at the video store...maybe netflix? i need to check one out!
xox

Kair Bear said...

Bollywood.
I can't wait to go there someday.
lol.
We should watch more, ones with singing.

Sharina said...

Ive never seen one! But I've heard it's full of dancing :)

Victoria C said...

i used to watch bollywood on tv as a child and imitate the dancing, i'm pretty sure thats the last i've seen! i wanted to see bride and prejudice though xx

Mary said...

bride and prejudice is the best! and the main actress is stunning

Diamonds in the dark said...

haha i love your blog! yeah the happiness and dancing is totally better than gritty 'real -life' films. i prefer the old bollywood ones, i once saw a random one set in an office blockk...lost a bit of the magic...

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naveen said...

hey i love Hindi movies , heve u seen newly released Hindi movie 3 Idiots u love this ,

happy anniversary