Quarantine viewing No. 2: Bollywood.

Continuing on with my Enhanced Community Quarantine series…

This extended homestay should’ve been my opportunity to catch up on my K-drama series backlogsssssss. However, we’re not exactly on vacation. In fact, my deadlines are tighter than ever. :stretcher: I can’t fully devote my time and attention on K-dramas but my brain needs to take breaks sometimes. I needed something long enough to fill in those breaks but not too long a diversion from work. The answer? Bollywood movies.

I have my own library of Bollywood films that I like but I’ve already seen them all. Fortunately, Netflix has a wide selection of movies from India. So far, I’ve seen the following movies during the ECQ period:

1. Dil Dhadakne Do – I saw this from a friend’s post on Facebook and decided to check it out. Priyanka Chopra is in it and I like her. (Bonus: Aamir Khan is, apparently, in this movie, too.) The plot seems interesting, too. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. The almost three-hour running time did not feel like three hours at all. The family conflicts are very familiar even on a non-Indian setting.

2. Jai Mummy Di – I just picked this one from the similar titles under Dil Dhadakne Do because of its seemingly simple storyline. It’s actually quite funny. I don’t know anyone from the cast but it still piqued my interest. I also wondered what caused the rift between the moms, which they didn’t reveal until the very last scene.

3. Om Shanti Om – this one, I picked because I’ve seen both leads (Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone) in other movies. It’s on the cheesy side – well, nearly all Bollywood romance movies are – but it’s also fun. Trying to spot the other famous Bollywood artists who made cameos is an added bonus. Plus points for me: Abishek Bachchan (aka. Aishwariya Rai’s husband)’s cameo. I just adore that guy. :dream: Also, watch out for the long music video halfway through the movie which included an all-star cast of famous Indian actors and actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan. The featured song is so catchy. I can still sing “Ohm Shanti Oooohm…” days after watching the movie.

4. Andaz Apna Apna (ongoing) – I chose this movie because of the leads. It’s a double whammy of Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. While watching this, I couldn’t help but think how quickly the quality of Bollywood movies has improved. Andaz Apna Apna is from 1994, yet it looked like it was filmed in the early 80’s. By 2000-2001, Bollywood movies have already evolved into those glossy productions that can rival those made in Hollywood.

I still haven’t finished this movie, and I’m not sure if I will. It’s too over-the-top for me. I’ve already seen Aamir and Salman in much better movies with much, much better acting, so I don’t think I can still stand the cheesiness of this one. Just in case you’re new to this scene and is still interested to see this one: Watch it before Bajrangi Bhaijaan or any of Aamir Khan’s blockbusters from Lagaan onwards for maximum appreciation.

5. Next on my queue, and it’s not exactly Bollywood: Slumdog Millionaire. I’ve already seen it years ago, but seeing Anil Kapoor on Dil Dhadakne Do reminded me that he was on Slumdog Millionaire, so I rummaged through my movie library for the file (note: it’s not on Netflix). I remember seeing this before I started watching Bollywood movies, so let’s see if I’ll still enjoy it the same way I did before.

Any recommendations for good Bollywood films I must check out?

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