Good Western movies which were shot in India

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Though I’m such a great fan of Hindi cinema, I need to tell you, that there are also some good movies made in West, which were shot in India.

Those movies, which were shot in India totally or partially, were not all made in Hollywood. Here’s a list of them good Western movies, and many of them have starred review by Indivue.

GOOD WESTERN MOVIES SHOT IN INDIA

  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008), *****

One of the best movies is of course the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008) directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, with also Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan, familiar from Bollywood films.

Now you can watch the movie and trailer in iTunes  *Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle and listen the beautiful soundtrack in the Apple Music -service.

 

  • The man who knew infinity (2015), ****1/2

Another beautiful masterpiece starring Dev Patel was the movie The man who knew infinity (2015) by Matthew Brown. The movie tells the story of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramajunan from the state of Tamil Nadu in India.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: *The Man Who Knew Infinity – Matt Brown

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

The movie Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden is also starring Dev Patel and some other fabulous British actors like Judi Dench.

You can listen the beautiful music in Apple Music -service and watch the movie and the trailer here:  *The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – John Madden

  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

The sequel for the first Marigold Hotel -movie has the same director John Madden and actors like Dev Patel and Judi Dench.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: *The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – John Madden

  • Victoria & Abdul (2017), ****

Judi Dench was also recently starring the British movie Victoria & Abdul. This movie is said to be telling the real story of the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Munshi. The film was visually attractive and got for stars out of five from Indivue.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: *Victoria & Abdul – Stephen Frears

The whole movie soundtrack can be found from Apple Music -service:

  • Life of Pi (2012), *****

The American movie Life of Pi was a five star film telling the story of an Indian man Pi, who survives a huge storm in the sea but loses his family in that. Very touching five star drama directed by Ang Lee and with Bollywood stars like Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain in the main roles. This movie had many beautiful and visually impressive scenes from Puducherry, India.

You can find the movie and the trailer here: *Life of Pi – Ang Lee

  • Lion (2016), ***½

Lion is an Australian movie and it shot beautifully. It is starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman among brilliant child actors. The movie, based on a true story, is guaranteed to make you cry. Very much recommendable though.

One can find the trailer from iTunes, and rent or buy the film: *Lion – Garth Davis

Soundtrack can be found from Apple Music -service

  • Eat, Pray, Love (2010), ***

Eat, Pray, Love was a light American drama starring Julia Roberts, and part of the film was shot in India. Though it was not the best of Julia Roberts’ movies, Eat, Pray, Love was worth seeing at least in a movie theatre. It got three stars out of five from Indivue.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: *Eat Pray Love – Ryan Murphy

  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007), ***

The Darjeeling Limited -movie, directed by Wes Anderson, tells about three brothers travelling in India by train.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: *The Darjeeling Limited – Wes Anderson

and listen the fine soundtrack in Apple Music -service:

  • Jobs (2013)

The American film about the life of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was directed by Joshua Michael Stern. This film, based on true events, takes its viewer also to Delhi, and some other places in India.

We are so happy to buy or rent this film and see the trailer now from nowhere else but the Apple Inc. iTunes itself: *Jobs – Joshua Michael Stern

Listen the movie soundtrack in Apple Music -service here:

  • Partition (2007), ****

Partition is a beautiful yet dramatic and horrifying Canadian film directed by Vic Sarin. It tells a heart braking love story from the time when British India was divided into two in 1947.

You can find this film at least from the Canadian iTunes *Partition – Vic Sarin

and listen the original movie soundtrack in Apple Music -service

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), *** ½

The movie Hundred-Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Hallström, has got stars like Helen Mirren and Om Puri. It tells a visually nice story about an Indian cook starting a restaurant in Paris, and the difficulties he will face.

Watch the movie and the trailer here:  *The Hundred-Foot Journey – Lasse Hallström

  • The Namesake (2006) ****½

The movie The Namesake is a beautiful and stylish Indian-American movie directed by Mira Nair and based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. The film has got stars like Irrfan Khan and Tabu, whom are well known from Bollywood films.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: *The Namesake – Mira Nair

and the soundtrack in Apple Music

Mira Nair has made also several other good movies. Other good movies from Nair are Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1997) and Monsoon Wedding (2001). Monsoon wedding can also be found from iTunes, at least in America: *Monsoon Wedding – Mira Nair

  • Viceroy’s House (2017), ****

The movie called Viceroy’s House is a recent impressive historical drama. It tells about how British India was divided, back in 1947. The film is directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice). The music is by A.R.Rahman. Gillian Anderson (X-files) portrays credibly the Viceroy’s wife in this film.

You can see the trailer, rent or buy the film in iTunes: *Viceroy’s House – Gurinda Chadha

 

Other movies with Western origin and scenes from India

  • Basmati Blues (2018)

Watch the movie and the trailer here:  *Basmati Blues – Danny Baron

  • Million Dollar Arm (2014)

Million Dollar Arm, starring Angelina Jolie.

Watch the movie and the trailer here:  *Million Dollar Arm – Craig Gillespie

  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

The Bourne Supremacy, starring Matt Damon.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: *The Bourne Supremacy – Paul Greengrass

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: *Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Brad Bird

  • Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Watch the movie and the trailer here:  *Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow

  • Octopussy (1983)

Octopussy, starring Roger Moore as James Bond.

Watch the movie and the trailer here:  *Octopussy – John Glen

  • Outsourced (2006)

Watch the movie and the trailer here:  *Outsourced – John Jeffcoat

  • The Rains Came (1939)

Watch the movie and the trailer here:  *The Rains Came – Clarence Brown

Most of the movies mentioned here, can be easily found from iTunes, at least in America. Their trailers can also be mostly found from the links provided. (Apple, Apple Music and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)

Read this article about Western movies shot in India in Finnish here!

Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi cinema

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All the articles in Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi cinema are related to Indian movies, Bollywood and Hindi cinema. INDIVUE has been online since 2005 and the first Bollywood movie review was written in 2008.

In 2018 Travel Opus to Bollywood renews itself and from now on it will guide you also to listen to the excellent music from these movies!

In addition you will find plenty of good Bollywood movies to watch. With English subtitles. All this with the guidance of Travel Opus to Bollywood.

So let us start with the introduction, which is a video titled a Successful landing in Mumbai (the home of Bollywood). Video, images and music by Indivue.

BEST OF BOLLYWOOD MOVIES

To help you find good Bollywood movies easily, Indivue checked plenty of movies and aggregated the best of 5 of Bollywood cinema. Those movies have all English subtitles. Find them here and have yourself the best movie experience ever!

Movies by actresses:

Best of Anushka Sharma
Best of Deepika Padukone
Best of Kareena Kapoor Khan
Best of Priyanka Chopra
Best of Vidya Balan

Movies by actors:

Best of Aamir Khan
Best of Hrithik Roshan
Best of Ranveer Singh
Best of Salman Khan
Best of Shah Rukh Khan

History of Indian cinema in short

Hindi cinema is also known by the name of Bollywood, because they combined the names of Hollywood and Bombay. Other theories have also been made about the birth of this concept. Nowadays Bombay is known as Mumbai, and as the commercial capital of India.

India itself is a huge country where people speak several languages. India has over 20 official languages and Indian movies are produced with over 30 different languages. The biggest and most important languages are Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Malayalam and Bhojpuri.

Movie itself came to India in 7th of July 1896.

The first Indian document was a wrestling match in Mumbai, Hanging Garden, in 1897.

Bollywood itself is over one hundred years old concept. The first Indian silent film Raja Harishchandra was published in 1913, as I mentioned in 21st of June 2012.

Alam Ara in 1931 was the first Indian movie with a sound, and a year later came the first movie with a background music. That movie was called Chandidas.

The first Indian movie in the Venice Film Festival was seen in 1934. It was called Seeta and it got also the first international reward.

Famous Indian movie awards are National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, Stardust Awards, Star screen Awards, Bollywood Movie Awards and Zee Cine Awards.

The first Indian movie with singing was Bhagya Shakra in 1935.

The first commercially successful movie in India was Chandra Lekha in 1948.

City of Mumbai, the home of Bollywood and Hindi cinema, in the horizon
City of Mumbai in the horizon

The INDIVUE Travel Opus to Bollywood in Finnish will tell you about the Bollywood movie premieres also. Find for example what was happening in Bollywood in 2017. Most of those movies have come for sale by now.

If you wish to read and see all that Indivue has written about Hindi cinema in Finnish in the past, then follow the preceding link. You will get to read hundreds of articles.

For example in 2016 Indivue wrote an article about the Best of Bollywood movies in 2000-2016 in Finnish.

The best, five star Bollywood movies of the beginning of this millennium were:

Bajrangi Bhaijaan 2015* Listen the soundtrack of Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Dabangg 2010Dabangg review 
*Listen the soundtrack of Dabangg
Dev.D 2009Dev.D review
*Listen the soundtrack of Dev.D
Dharm 2007Dharm review
*Listen the soundtrack of Dharm
Dil Chahta Hai 2001Dil Chahta Hai review
*Listen the soundtrack of Dil Chahta Hai
Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela 2013 *Listen the soundtrack of Ram-Leela
PK 2014*Listen the soundtrack of PK
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 2009Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi review
*Listen the soundtrack of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Road, movie 2009Road, movie review
Tere Naam 2003Tere Naam review
*Listen the soundtrack of Tere Naam
Veer-Zaara 2004Veer-Zaara review
*Listen the soundtrack of Veer-Zaara
Woh Lamhe 2006Woh Lamhe review
*Listen to the soundtrack of Woh Lamhe

These music samples here, provided by Apple Music, will tell you some essential names behind the music in Hindi movies, like Lata Mangehskar, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Lucky Ali, Shreya Goshal and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

It is worth mentioning that all the movies reviewed by Indivue have been seen through Western eyeglasses. That way much of the movie experience is based on translation and English subtitles made by somebody else. This might explain why some Hindi cinema masterpiece does not ring the bell of the Finnish viewer. And this goes vice versa as well, of course.

In any case, it will be interesting for an Indian to see what Western people like in Bollywood. That’s one more reason to write this Travel Opus to Bollywood.

Bollywood movie reviews

Find movies reviewed on the scale of 1 to 5 stars here:

Three star Bollywood movies ***
Three and a half  star Bollywood movies ***½
Four star Bollywood movies **** 
Four and a half star Bollywood movies ****½ 
Five star Bollywood movies *****

The first Bollywood movie I saw in an Indian movie theatre was called Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and that was in Regal Cinema in Mumbai back in 2006. Those were the poor days for bloggers, when computers were withering slow and internet connections between Europe and India even more slower. Even today some big blog article in Indivue.com, like All the Salman Khan -movies, can take some time to open.

Some ten years later after Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna I managed to see another movie in an Indian movie theatre, and that was Shamitabh. The movie had been shot in Finland, partially, and it was the first movie as such.

But because of them essential subtitles, dvds and blurays were always my favourites. Luckily nowadays it is easy to see Bollywood movies with English subtitles also through Apple and iTunes.

When you don’t need the art to be packed in plastic covers, the art is less of an environmental burden.

The best and most well known female actresses in Bollywood and Hindi cinema at the moment

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan (Fin)
Alia Bhatt (Fin)
Anushka Sharma
Deepika Padukone
Kajol (Fin)
Kangana Ranaut
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Karisma Kapoor (Fin)
Katrina Kaif
Preity Zinta (Fin)
Priyanka Chopra (Fin)
Tabu (Fin)
Vidya Balan

The best and most well known male actors in Bollywood and Hindi cinema at the moment:

Aamir Khan
Amitabh Bachchan (Fin)
Abhay Deol (Fin)
Farhan Akhtar (Fin)
Hrithik Roshan (Fin)
John Abraham (Fin)
Kay Kay Menon (Fin)
Nana Patekar (Fin)
Ranbir Kapoor (Fin)
Ranveer Singh
Salman Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

Indivue has been blogging and bringing online this Travel Opus to Bollywood for over ten years. The latest updates to it are the safe affiliate links to Apple Music and iTunes -services. You can easily find Bollywood movies and music through them and if you have the Apple Music subscription, you can listen everything freely. (Apple and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)

Back in 2012 Indivue wrote an article Celebrating the 100 years of Bollywood movies. In that blog post there’s over 70 movies with English subtitles from one decade reviewed by Indivue. Nowadays that article is also updated with music, so do check it out and feel the rhythm!


Bollywood -movies by actresses

Here below is a list of actresses in the Hindi cinema, Bollywood. You can find film songs, music videos and movies starred by them in the following links.

*Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
*Alia Bhatt
*Ameesha Patel
*Anushka Sharma
*Bipasha Basu
*Deepika Padukone
*Ileana D’Cruz
*Juhi Chawla
*Jacqueline Fernandez
*Kajol
*Kangana Ranaut
*Kareena Kapoor
*Karisma Kapoor
*Kriti Sanon
*Madhuri Dixit
*Preity Zinta
*Priyanka Chopra
*Reema Lagoo
*Sharmila Tagore
*Shilpa Shetty
*Shraddha Kapoor
*Sonaksi Sinha
*Sonali Bendre
*Sonam Kapoor
*Sridevi
*Tabu
*Vidya Balan
*Zareen Khan

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Read and watch all the other works in this series as well:

Travel Opus to Goa Travel in Goa
Travel Opus to IndiaTravel in India
Travel Opus to EuropeGuide for Bollywood
Matkaopus EurooppaanTravel in Europe in Finnish
Matkaopus IntiaanTravel in India in Finnish
Matkaopus GoaanTravel in Goa in Finnish
Matkaopus BollywoodiinGuide for Bollywood in Finnish