Salman Khan is an Indian actor, born in 1965. He is also known as a film producer, having a career in Hindi film industry for over 30 years by now. He is one of the most famous faces on the screen. And one of the best dancers.
Here are the best of five of Salman Khan -movies, so far
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) ****
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun is a cute four star Hindi cinema classic and a romantic 3 hour musical. It is starring Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a visually sparkling, Indianromantic 3 hour film with Salman Khan and Aiswarya Rai in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and it was preceding the famous Bhansali musical Devdas.
Tere Naam (2003) *****
Tere Naam is a five star tragic Indian love drama. Directed by Satish Kaushik. Salman Khan’s role play raises your hairs up. Being too possessive and jealous boyfriend, it might the best role Salman Khan has ever played.
Kareena Kapoor is an Indian actress, born in 1980. She is part of the famous Kapoor family in the Hindi film industry in India.
Here are the best of five of Kareena’s movies, so far –
Best of 5 of Kareena Kapoor -movies
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) ****
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a film directed by Karan Johar. It has the cream of Bollywood in it. This movie needs to be seen from the beginning till the end with a single sitting. Preferably several times.
The film Bajrangi Bhaijaan is written and directed by Kabir Khan. It stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Salman Khan and a child actress Harshaali Malhotra. The child gets lost in India. The film got several awards.
Ki & Ka (2016) ****
The film Ki & Ka, starring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, is directed by R. Balki. It is a tribute to mothers working at home, as well as fathers alike. The movie is exceptional and can be seen several times.
The movie PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, is a movie about an alien. This alien, looking like a human, lands on earth but can not get back to his spaceship. Because of that the alien starts practicing religion hoping that God would help him go back.
NH10 (2015) ****
NH 10 is a film directed by Navdeep Singh. It was filmed in Gurgaon, Haryana and Rajasthan. The movie did not seem to be meant for the sensitive people.
Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) ***
Dil Dhadakne Do is a comedy shot on a cruise ship. The movie was directed by Zoya Akhtar and it has scenes from Europe and the Mediterranean sea and from countries like France, Turkey and Italy.
Anushka Sharma had a small but important role in the film Sanju, which was directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The movie tells the life story of the still living Bollywood movie actor Sanjay Dutt. His role is played by Ranbir Kapoor.
Shah Rukh Khan is the most famous Indian actor outside India. Born in 1965, we have seen him in over 80 movies already.
Choosing the best of five of Shah Rukh Khan -movies is almost an impossible task. Here’s my favorites, together with their music. Bubbling under are movies like Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Devdas.
BEST OF 5 OF SHAH RUKH KHAN -MOVIES
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) *****
Kal Ho Naa Ho is a movie directed by Nikkhil Advani, and it tells you one of the most heart-breaking love stories of Indian cinema. The movie soundtrack is wonderful.
Fan is a film starred by Shah Rukh Khan in which he plays a film star and his fan as well. The movie is directed by Maneesh Sharma. Exceptionally for a Bollywood film there was hardly any music in Fan the film. But it did not matter.
Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress, born in 1986. Many consider her the most popular actress of Hindi cinema. Deepika made her first movie in Kannada language. After that we have seen Deepika in many fabulous Bollywood movies.
Till now Deepika Padukone has starred even a Hollywood movie. Here you will find the best of five of Deepika’s movies so far –
Best of 5 of Deepika Padukone -movies
Om Shanti Om (2007) *****
The movie Om Shanti Om, directed by Farah Khan, was Deepika Padukone’s first Hindi film, and it won several awards.
Cocktail (2012) ****
Cocktail is directed by Homi Adajania. In that Deepika Padukone plays the role of a free spirited party girl, and it is one of her best roles ever. The movie is mostly shot in London. It deals with the cultural differences of East and West, from the point of view of a party girl and homey girl. It is a movie about friendship and love.
Aamir Khan is an Indian movie actor, movie producer and a movie director. In addition to this people in India have seen him also as a talk show host. His show brought up social injustice issues in India.
Aamir was born in 1965 and having relatives in the Bollywood film industry, he began his career as a child actor in 1973 at the age of 8.
So far Aamir Khan has made films during 5 different decades. Many of his films are masterpieces, and here’s the best of 5 out them –
Best of 5 of Aamir Khan -movies
Dil Chahta Hai (2001) *****
Dil Chahta Hai, the movie directed by Farhan Akhtar, tells about three young men who travel to Goa for a holiday with their experiences and love stories.
The movie Rang De Basanti, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, tells a story of five young men living in New Delhi, being patriotic. The movie got many rewards, even for the music.
Taare Zameen Par (2007) *****
The movie Taare Zameen Par was produced and directed by Aamir Khan. It tells a beautiful story of a young school boy who has dyslexia, difficulty in reading, and how his teacher, played by Aamir, helps him with this problem. Taare Zameen Par got many rewards.
Dhobi Ghat (2011) ****
Dhobi Ghat, directed by Kiran Rao, tells a beautifully shot story of an artist in Mumbai.
PK (2014) *****
The movie PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, tells a story about an alien who lands on earth but can not get back to his spaceship. The alien starts practicing religion hoping that God would help him.
Priyanka Chopra is perhaps the most famous Indian actress working outside India also. Although born in 1982, we have seen her in almost sixty movies already, any in many of those films she has had the mainrole. Nowadays people in America see her also in TV series called Quantico.
Fashion is a movie directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, which reveals the facade of the Indian fashion world. This eventful movie has lots of glitz and Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut in the leading roles.
7 Khoon Maaf (2011) ***½
The title 7 Khoon Maaf means seven murders forgiven. In this movie, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Priyanka has had one the best performances ever. The movie deals with relationship problems and religious issues almost ironically.
Barfi! (2012) ****½
Barfi! is a pretty movie from the 70’s in which Priyanka Chopra plays the character of an autistic girl. Indivue considered this much rewarded movie as the best Bollywood movie of 2012. The movie tells about the sincerity of disabled people in a very touching way.
Dil Dhadakne Do, directed by Zoya Akhtar, tells you about the joys of the modern Indian relationships and marriages, as well as the fights also, but in an entertaining way. It is little bit like a Big Brother filmed in a cruise ship, but from a dogs point of view.
Bajirao Mastani, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a visually impressive Bollywood movie with excellent music. You can watch it more than once, because Priyanka and other stars really shine in this film.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi cinema 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.)
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.
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!
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 –
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:
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.)