Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi movies

Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi movies is one of INDIVUE’s web publications. Online since 2005, both in Finnish and in English languages. All the articles are related to Bollywood, Hindi cinema and Indian movies.

In 2018 INDIVUE’s Travel Opus to Bollywood renews itself –

Now it will also guide you 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 INDIVUE’s Travel Opus to Bollywood (Fin. Matkaopus Bollywoodiin).

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

History of Indian cinema in short

Hindi cinema is 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 the commercial capital of India.)

Find more articles about Mumbai in English here and Mumbai in Finnish here.

India itself is a huge country where they 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, like it was  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. The 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 tells you about the Bollywood movie premieres also. The previous link will tell you what was happening last year, 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.

In 2016 Indivue wrote in Finnish an article about

The Best of Bollywood movies in 2000-2016

The five star movies were these:

  • Bajrangi Bhaijaan 2015 *****
  • Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela 2013 *****
  • PK 2014 *****

The music samples attached here 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 Indian movies reviewed in 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 also explain why some masterpiece in Hindi cinema does not ring the bell of the Finnish viewer. And it goes vice versa as well, of course.

It might interesting for an Indian to see, what do Western people like in Bollywood. So here you go –

Find the Bollywood movies and their reviews here:

The first Bollywood movie I saw in an Indian movie theatre was called Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and that was in Mumbai back in 2006, in Regal Cinema. Find the article about that movie and Regal Cinema here. Those were the poor days for bloggers, when computers were withering slow and internet connections between Europe and India even more slower.

Some ten years later I got to see another movie in an Indian movie theatre, and that was Shamitabh, a movie partially shot in Finland.

But dvds and blurays have always been my favourites because those movies had English subtitles in them. Very essential. Luckily nowadays it is easy to see Bollywood movies with English subtitles also through Apple and iTunes.

About the actresses in Hindi cinema:

The best and most well known female actresses in Bollywood nowadays are:

The best and most well known actors in Bollywood and Hindi cinema nowadays are:

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

Indivue has been making this Travel Opus to Bollywood for over ten years. The latest updates into it are the safe affiliate links to Apple Music and iTunes -services. Through them you can easily find Bollywood movies and music. (Apple and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)

Bollywood -movies by actresses:


By actresses:

By actors:

The movies have all English subtitles. Have yourself the best movie experience ever!

You can follow Travel Opus to Bollywood also in Facebook.

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

On the road in Amsterdam (video previews)

If you’re planning to travel to Amsterdam in Netherlands, then you should definitely read my previous post about Amsterdam called Art and traveltips to Amsterdam.

This video here is from the streets of Amsterdam. A coincidence was that Lata Mangehskar happened to be singing on the radio while shooting this. She is one of the most well-known singers in Bollywood films, and has been for decades.

After this short video of mine you will get to see some more YouTubevideos about Amsterdam and things related, so take a nice posture and enjoy your armchairtrip!

Bollywood movie shot in Amsterdam

Back in 2014 one good Bollywood movie was also partially filmed in Amsterdam. The movie was called Queen, and it was starring Kangana Ranaut. (She has had the leading role in other nice Bollywood films also like Fashion, Woh Lamhe and Tanu weds Manu.)

Queen was almost a four star movie according my taste, but the problem with that movie, like with many other Bollywood movies which have been filmed in West, like Shah Rukh Khan’s latest film Jab Harry met Sejal, was that it was giving a very one-sided view of an European lifestyle. I mean, if I was an Indian watching Bollywood-movies, I might even start to think that all that Westerners do is party, celebrate and seduce each other, one after the other. Of course that is not the case. But, coincidentally, it might even look like that in the real life in Goa and some other touristic places in India. YouTubers really need to see an effort and make more videos to show what the real life is like in Europe, isn’t it?

Anyways, this other video from Amsterdam here tells you about the great painter Vincent Van Gogh. A few months back, in 2017, an animation movie about Van Gogh was released. That movie was called Loving Vincent, and the scenes in that movie had all been painted with oilcolours.

One has to raise one’s hat for the huge amount of work and effort they had put for that movie. Still, I definitely do recommend you to read the great book about Vincent Van Gogh, written by Irving Stone. It will give you the whole picture of that poor artist’s life.

Travel Opus to Bollywood – Matkaopus Bollywoodiin

Ever since 2005 Indivue has been writing this unique, first of its kind, Travel Opus to Bollywood (in Finnish “Matkaopus Bollywoodiin”), telling the readers about the Bollywood movies and the stars as well as about traveling in India, both in Finnish and in English, in websites like and as well as through various social media channels like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

It was only in 2013 when Bollywood movie premieres started regularly coming to some theathers in Finland. Before that Bollywood movies were only shown once a year during Love & Anarchy -film festival in Helsinki.

Nowadays Bollywood movies are even more easier to see than, lets say 10 years ago, when you had to travel all the way to India to get some. Not to mention UK.

Still, in case you’re not familiar with Bollywood or Indian cinema, it is about time you did that. But for the time being, before this opus being translated, you can

read the Travel Opus to Bollywood for free: Find Matkaopus Bollywoodiin in Finnish here!

Indivue has guided you to the best of movies and stars, so enjoy your experience, adventure, and follow Indivue’s social media channels. And do remember to invite your friends along!

If you want to see even more, read the instructions here!

TravelOpus to Bollywood in Finnish


Indivuen Matkaopus Bollywoodiin on vuodesta 2005 alkaen kirjoitettu, blogattu ja sometettu kokoelma artikkeleita ja arvioita parhaimmista Bollywood-elokuvista ja -näyttelijöistä sekä ylipäätään Intiasta matka- ja kuvauskohteena. Löydät teoksen suomeksi oheisesta linkistä!

Indivue recommends: Helsinki, and other tweets, from February 2017

As I mentioned in my previous post, Indivue is also active in the social media, both in Finnish and in English.

Twitter Analytics tells in its summary that one year back, in February 2016, Indivue made

  • 24 Tweets in a month, which had altogether
  • 2,844 Tweet impressions, which led to
  • 507 Profile visits

And one year later, in February 2017, Twitter Analytics tells that Indivue made

  • 45 Tweets in a month, which had altogether
  • 3848 Tweet impressions, which led to
  • 863 Profile visits

Those impressions are a lot more than what happens with a regular Facebook Page, according to Facebook analytics. Facebook gives your posts hardly any visibility, unless you pay money to them, because in Facebook only money talks. That’s what I’m told.

So, I’m really curious to know, will it make any difference in the Twitter Analytics if one re-blogs the tweets, which have already been made. – Since those hashtags in tweets are forever valid and very much up-to-date, why not re-read!

Consequently, here are the

Best of Indivue tweets in February 2017

In February Indivue tweeted about Jaipur, the so called Pink City in India, in the state of Karnataka. In the video tweeted, the images and music are all by Indivue, as usual.

Indivue tweeted also about Gokarn, which is a lovely small village in the state of Karnataka on the West coast of India, little bit south from Goa.
The link in the tweet takes you to some photos from Gokarn, a few years back from now.

Some ten years back I posted my first videos to YouTube. They were about sightseeing Mumbai and I had put some Bollywood hit music on the background.

What happened then was, that YouTube banned that video, because some big international music company had made a complaint, since their music was being used for free in that video.

So, ten years later, the music in this video will be composed by me only.

Despite of the previously mentioned harsh attitude of a big international company, Indivue has been blogging in Finnish about Bollywood and Hindi cinema for some ten years now, and in February 2017 discussed about the Bollywood premieres of 2017.

Here’s the tweet:

The Article of the Month of February 2017 in the Finnish Indivue site was about the best Bollywood movies of this millennium, 2000-2016. Reviewed by Indivue.

Although that article is in Finnish, it is very easy to understand in any language, and is very useful, so do take a look if you’re into Hindi cinema! What makes this article so special is that these Bollywood movie reviews are based on subtitles and Western upbringing. So it might differ from the Indian taste.

You might also wonder how on earth did one get to see all these movies in Finland, since they didn’t come from the Finnish cinema or theatres, and the fact is – one had to go and buy them from India. Most of them.

Nowadays there are also some Indian movie premieres coming to Finnish theatres, as can be read from the Finnish site of Indivue. So times they are a-changing. For the better.

With the tweet Ideas for Rome Indivue shared recent travel tips and ideas for Rome, Italy. Check them out if you’re planning to travel there!

Whereas the article of India photography shared some photos blogged in during the past ten years.

The video Lost & Found from Goa beach conveyed one hot sunny afternoon from Goa beach itself.

Images and music by Indivue.

And near the beach, where the previous video was made, is located one beautiful Goan five star hotel, which is Park Hyatt Goa. Indivue stayed there and made an article about it in Finnish – Take a look.

Perhaps fulfill your dream and have a stay? Taste the best food ever.

And then, last but not least, in February Indivue tweeted all these images of Helsinki summertime, with the link to reviews and hints of good Helsinki sights.

Those reviews and hints are in English, so make sure to check them out with time – Helsinki really is a beautiful and safe summertime city to travel to!


Continue reading “Indivue recommends: Helsinki, and other tweets, from February 2017”

Best of Indivue tweets from January 2017

Indivue is active in the social media, both in English and in Finnish.

Here’s the Best of Indivue tweets from January 2017 –

The tweets were dealing with issues like Finland’s 100th year of Independence,

the Best sights in New Delhi, India, according to Indivue, photographs of India in colour,

Helsinki Matka2017 Travel Fair, straight flights in-between Goa and Helsinki, Goa beaches

in general and Bollywood movies.


Check out this catchy microblogging and follow @indivues on Twitter!

Bollywood movie Fan in Finland

Shah Rukh Khan’s latest movie Fan was screened in Finland, both in Helsinki and Tampere, as you were able to read in Finnish from Indivue. In Helsinki Fan the film was screened in Kino Sheryl, which is nearly a perfect movietheatre when it comes to image, sound and comfortability. Fan itself was one of the best Shah Rukh Khan movies of all times, reaching almost to five stars in the Finnish movie review of Fan, which took us to the gates of Shah Rukh Khan, pictorially. Do check it out!


Update 4/2018: See Fan the movie and the trailer here now: Fan – Maneesh Sharma

Bollywood´s 100 years


Celebrating 100 years of Bollywood movies
As the Indian Hindi movie industry Bollywood becomes 100 years old in 2012-2013, 
I decided to make a reviewing article for all of you who like 
or pay interest in Bollywood movies.
Here following will be a list of some Bollywood movies and reviews of them in English, 
written by me during the past few years.
Movies chosen are from the past one decade.
This list contains Bollywood movies from one star quality to a full five star quality, just to get and give you idea.
All these movies, and even more, will be reviewed in Finnish language 
in the Finnish blog, so if you wish to see them also, 
then just follow this  movie review link,


Another Bollywood film from year 2011, which is an excellent mix of East and West, India and Europe, more specifically Czechs, is the movie Rock Star with awarded Ranbir Kapoor in the leading role. A. R. Rahman has once again composed few musical beads, which are to be heard in this film. Jo bhi main sang by Mohit Chauhan could even be the best movie song from the year 2011. Another good option is Kun Faaya Kun. The award-winning Rockstar definitely requires english subtitles to open up to the foreign viewer the best way possible, but even then one might feel puzzled. So another watching might be needed and this movie can surely take it. The film is ideal for people interested in the life of artists, rock stars and groupies, but also for those, who once dreamt of being a rockstar. Four stars for the movie Rock Star, 4/5. I hope to see this one in a Finnish movie theatre. 


Ra.One has finally come out in DVD. If you want to see Shah Rukh Khan with blue eyes, then I recommend to see this movie. – Scifi-movies are usually not my cup of tea, but this one I was able to watch, thanks to the clever story and excellent music and dance. Three and a half stars for Ra.One, 3,5 / 5.

  • Dostana – Bollywood, 2008

A romantic comedy totally shot in America. What makes it interesting, is that Abhishek and John are acting to be gays, which is very unusual types of Bollywood. This film offers plenty of pleasure for the eye for the female viewers, otherwise, nothing much. Two stars for the film Dostana.

Zindagi na milegi dobara (“You will not get to live the life twice”) is a Bollywood-movie, mainly shot in Spain. It’s a story about 3 friends travelling together after many years of break from each other. The movie is starring Abhay Deol (Oye Lucky Lucky Oye! – 3 stars), Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom 2 – 2 1/2 stars), Farhan Akhtar (Luck by Chance – 4 stars) and Katrina Kaif (Raajneeti – 4 stars). In addition to a comfortable three-hour film the movie offers a couple of profound laughs, of which the first one does not seem to be ending only. Couple of eyewettings are also to be expected, especially in the parachuting scene, which I think was the best scene of this movie, superb. Zindagi na milegi dobara is ideal to be seen on a large screen because of its gorgeous diving-, parachuting- and bullrunning scenes, and the movie is part of the ongoing Love & Anarchy film festival 2011 in Helsinki theathers. Three and a half stars in theatre, 4 stars in dvd.


Fast action film, with some parts shot in Rio de Janeiro, and in which Hrithik Roshan charms in one of the main roles along with Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan. In general they say that the movie sequels are always inferior to their first ones, but this does not apply to the Dhoom 2’s case, since it seems to be better than the movie Dhoom, which was made in 2004. Two and a half stars for Dhoom 2.

Powerful romantic lovestory written and acted by Salman Khan. If India’s royal history fascinates your senses, then this is a good choice for your eyes. Three and a half stars for the Indian film Veer. ***½ 


  • Taxi No. 9211 – Bollywood, 2006

The good music of the movie better than the movie itself. Film shot in Mumbai. Two and a half stars.

  • Meenaxi: Tale of three cities – Bollywood, 2004

This movie is directed by the Indian artist MF Husain, who passed away just recently. Unfortunately this movie as an Indian art-film does not meet my expectations. Two stars.

  • Tere Bin Laden – Bollywood, 2010

A thought-provoking comedy of Osama bin Laden’s double-creature. Tere Bin Laden gets my one and a half stars.


During the intermission of the stunning Roger Waters The Wall Live -concert, the audience was being delighted by hindipop also, and with a tune from the song Woh Lamhe. The movie Woh Lamhe from 2006 is itself worth watching several times and gets five stars from me. It is starring Shiney Ahuja in the main role, about whom I mentioned in an earlier post.


  • Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam – Bollywood, 1999

Visually sparkling Indianromantic three hour, preceding the movie Devdas. The end result of this movie could not be guessed in advance, although one might have should. Hum dil de chuke sanam, three and a half stars movie.

During the movie Housefull one had to laugh out loud, which is pretty rare with drama. But the comedy was good, and I would watch it again. Three stars for the Indian Bollywood movie Housefull.


A romantic scifithriller, having a little bit of Matrix. Not for earnest people, unless you’re a photographer. Aa dekhen zara, two stars.


Harmless feelgood movie about relationship difficulties. Break ke Baad, three stars.

A good film about an important subject. It’s interesting to see Shahrukh Khan in such an unusual role. The movie My name is Khan is also about to come in dvd with Finnish subtitles. Three and a half stars for the film, five stars for the idea.

  • Jail – Bollywood, 2009

Jail is a grip-proof movie, it has to be seen with a single sitting. Three and a half stars.

Wondering, is this a modern or a postmodern Devdas. In any case, it’s an excellent movie. Abhay Deol is one of the best in Bollywood. Dev.D, five stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Dev D – Anurag Kashyap

Charming, both musically and visually. Four and a half stars for the movie Devdas.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Devdas – Sanjay Leela Bhansali

  • Devdas – Bollywood, 1955

Cute and cozy black and white film, but it makes you quite numb, if you’re accustomed to those later versions of Devdas. One star for the dancing scenes.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Devdas – Bimal Roy


Interesting story about mercy killing in India. This movie was shot in Goa, and it is telling a story of one famous Goan. Guzaarish, four stars for the movie.


A different than usual kind of Bollywood-movie, winning lots of awards. A Bollywood movie without dancing? Yes, they do those also. Udaan has strong and effective roleplay. Four stars for the movie Udaan.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Udaan – Vikramaditya Motwane

My God, those eyes! The end of this movie makes you cry, so it is a really purifying experience. Because of this, four stars for the movie Kites.

Dabangg is a cute comedy. One of the best of Salman Khan. The music rocks you with five stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Dabangg – Abhinav Singh Kashyap


A realistic kind of description of what happens behind the scenes in Bollywood. Luck By Chance holds the grip from the beginning till the end. Four stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Luck By Chance – Zoya Akhtar

  • Raavan – Bollywood, 2010

A refreshing and rare afternoon in a Finnish movietheatre: An Indian movie Raavan; part of Love & Anarchy -filmfestivals festivalprogram. This might not be a typical Bollywood-movie after all. Three and a half stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Raavan – Mani Ratnam

If you get your hands on Dev Benegals Road, movie, I recommend to watch it! Now there’s a recent five-star Bollywood-film (lasting only a Western one and a half hours). Let’s hope this Abhay Deols movie comes, for example, to Love and Anarchy – film festival to Helsinki – since Sodankylä we might have to wait. And let’s hope, that one day, we will see it from the Finnish television.

  • Ek Chalis Ki Last Local – Bollywood, 2007

A three star movie, starring Abhay Deol. Refreshing, imaginery, but still kind of a real.

  • Rock On!! – Bollywood, 2008

Rewarded Indian movie from the year 2008. A story of an Indian rock band. My two stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Rock On!! – Abhishek Kapoor

  • Luck – Bollywood, 2009

A Bollywood action-thriller directed by Soham Shah and starring Sanjay Dutt and Imran Khan. One star.

High-quality Madhur Bhandarkar -film, which reveals the settings of the Indian fashion world. Starring Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut. My four stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Fashion – Madhur Bhandarkar

  • Ghajini – Bollywood, 2008

Bollywood blockbuster film and a historical hit, which will remain forever in the mind. Ghajini starring Aamir Khan, with a strong performance in his role, once again. Three and a half stars for the movie.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Ghajini – A. R Murugadoss

  • Billu – Bollywood, 2009

A touching, beautiful and humorous movie having also Shahrukh Khan in a small part. Movie known also as Billu Barber. Three and a half stars for the movie experience.

Very entertaining SRK-film. Five stars. – Phir Milenge, Chalte Chalte!

Find the movie and the trailer here: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – Aditya Chopra

Emotional and touching film about life in Delhi, India, and how a returnee who lived in America experiences his former homeland. Movie starring Abhishek Bachchan, and the music by A.R. Rahman. Four stars.

  • Aloo Chaat – Bollywood, 2009

A laughter nerves pulsating Bollywood comedy about a marriage between an Indian and a foreigner. Three stars for the movie.

  • Love Aaj Kal – Bollywood, 2009

Not quite typical Bollywood-lovefilm, because of the slightly Western tint. Love aaj kal, three stars for the movie.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Love Aaj Kal – Imtiaz Ali

A five-star tragic Bollywood-lovedrama. Salman Khan’s role in execution makes one shiver.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Tere Naam – Satish Kaushik

  • Aashiq Banaya Aapne – Bollywood, 2005 

Good music in this movie is truly worth mentioning. Otherwise, Aashiq Banaya Aapne, two stars.

  • Jodhaa Akbar – Bollywood, 2008

A visually pleasing film, which does not cope to keep you hooked though. Jodhaa Akbar, one and a half stars.

A five star Bollywood-movie. One of the best.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Dil Chahta Hai – Farhan Akhtar

A movie that needs to be seen from the beginning till the end at one and the same sitting. Preferably more than once. A classic, and a must-see Bollywood-movie. Kabhi khushi kabhie gham, four stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here:Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham – Karan Johar

Almost a perfect movie experience. Five stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Veer-Zaara – Yash Chopra

  • Jab We Met – Bollywood, 2007

A cute lovestory with good music! Three stars for the movie Jab we met.

  • Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. – Bollywood, 2003 

A touching comedy, which you can see once. Munna bhai m.b.b.s., 2 stars.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. – Rajkumar Hirani

  • Mangal Pandey: The Rising – Bollywood, 2005

Mangal Pandey: The Rising is an extremely interesting and eye-opening film, when it comes to the history of man. Main star Aamir Khan charms. Three and a half stars for the movie.

A mind tickling Bollywood-comedy about love and the differences between various cultures. Namastey London, four and a half stars for the movie.

The film Page 3 – The Inside Story appeals to me with its realism and commendably covers the superficiality of the life of celebrities. Four stars for the movie.

  • Malamaal Weekly – Bollywood, 2006

A funny comedy about a lottery winner in a beautiful small Indian village. Three stars for the movie.

  • Life in a metro – Bollywood, 2007

Life and the pulse of the modern metropolitan city Mumbai. Movie Life in a metro, three stars.

Hum aapke hain koun is a cute four star classic Bollywood-movie.

Find the movie and the trailer here: Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! – Sooraj R Barjatya

  • Just Married – Bollywood, 2006

Just Married is, as the name suggests, a comedy of a newly-wed couple. Even if the beginning would be difficult, there might still be a happy ending. Two and a half stars for the movie, 2,5 / 5.