Mumbai in social media

An easy way to check what’s happening in Mumbai, India, through various social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest: Just follow the hashtags below!

But before you do that, check what Indivue has written about Mumbai during the past 13 years –

Mumbai in English: https://indivue.com/topics/india/mumbai 
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Mumbai in Finnish: https://indivue.blogspot.com/search/label/Mumbai

 

More stories to come, so do follow Indivue here and in social media!

 

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Bandra Worli Sea Link -bridge (video preview)

Back in 2005, the trip from Mumbai airport to Colaba, in the Southern Mumbai, took some one hour, when you had to drive through the whole city of Mumbai. Although the trip through the city was a very thrilling experience for a first timer, it was still nice to experience this Bandra Worli Sea Link -bridge which they had built on the sea, to make the travelling in Mumbai a lot easier and much faster, ten years later – In 2015 a taxi from Mumbai airport to Colaba took more than half an hour less of your time. Less than thirty minutes outside rush hour.

During night time this Bandra Worli Sea Link -bridge is lit nicely and you can enjoy the night time view along with the traffic lights and skyscraper lights from hotels like Taj Lands End in Bandra. This is a very much recommendable sight during night, I must say. Unfortunately this hotel did not have a roof top terrace with a restaurant – That would have really crown it all.

Day time you can visit the near by Bandra Fort and park and then watch the sun set in the horizon, behind the Arabian Sea. Sunset on the rocks in Bandra Bandstand will look something like in the video you will find in the link.

Find a short video about Bandra in Mumbai including the before mentioned nighttime view of Bandra Worli Sea Link -bridge and Bandra Fort here. The music and photos in the video are by Indivue.

More articles and photos from Mumbai in Finnish can be found here 

and more photos and articles about Mumbai in English you find here.

After this short video of Bandra Worli Sea Link -bridge more YouTube-videos will follow, so enjoy the visual adventure and remember to subscribe Indivue for more videos to come!

Check also the updates from the Indivue’s Travel Opus to Bollywood.

Good Western movies which were shot in India

Good Western movies shot in India

(This article contains affiliate links, which are marked with one *star)

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

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 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 them and aggregated the best of 5 movies. The movies have all English subtitles. Find them here and have yourself the best movie experience ever!

By actresses:

By actors:

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

The five star movies were these:

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

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 also explain why some Hindi cinema masterpiece does not ring the bell of the Finnish viewer. And this goes of course vice versa as well.

In any case, it might be interesting for an Indian to see what Western people like in Bollywood, so here we have 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:

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 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 partially shot in Finland, and it was the first movie as such.

But because of them essential subtitles, dvds and blurays have always been 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

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

Indivue has been blogging this Travel Opus to Bollywood for over ten years. The latest updates are the safe affiliate links to Apple Music and iTunes -services. You can easily find Bollywood movies and music through them. (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. 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. You can find songs, music videos and movies starred by them in the following links.

You can find and follow Travel Opus to Bollywood also in Facebook and Twitter.

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

12 ways to travel in India (video)

Today let me introduce to you a video titled  12 ways to travel in India.

It took some ten years to shoot this video. The reason being that the scenes are from various parts of India: East, North and West of India, and I was actually living in Finland most of the time. The distance between India and Finland is some 6000 kilometers. But here it is now – 12 ways to travel in India, in just two minutes – a video inspiring and encouraging other travellers to try the Indian train, camel, horse, scooter, airplane, bicycle rickshaw and what else – see it for yourself!

During all this time I’ve been blogging in Finnish, and you can read the Travel Opus to India in Finnish here. Find some of them articles about India in English here.

You might also be interested in reading some specific Indivue articles only about Agra, Delhi, Chennai, Goa, Panjim, GokarnJaipurMumbai, and Rishikesh.for example – Find them easily from the links and check out later for updates!

But here now, the short video

12 ways to travel in India, for a foreigner,

with videos and music by Indivue.

 

See also the India video collection, the videos of which will tell you about the real India the way I saw it, heard it, experienced it, and subscribe Indivue YouTube-channel for more updates to come! You will find plenty of videos especially from North and Central Goa and South Goa as well.

 

 

Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, India (video preview)

I mentioned about the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, India, back in 2006, when I was visiting there, and shooting the video attached below. The blog article from that period of time, 2006, with the tiny images, is what was possible to post from India back then. Reason being the laptop with its extremely slow speed for any kind of function, from shifting the photos from my camera to the computer and then cropping them and shifting to a memory stick and taking to an Internet cafe. And then on top of all that we had the very slow internet connection in a Mumbai Net Cafe back then, which took several minutes for a few kilobytes.

So much trouble in 2006, only to tell you about the great sight of Elephanta Caves, which is one them World Heritage Sites located in India. Inside the caves there are many stone carvings made of Hindu Gods. Protected from the monsoon weather. Reachable only by boat.

Today, in 2018, internet enables you to see many other videos about the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai after watching this short video of mine. So do take a look and enjoy you visual adventure!

INDIVUE

 

Mainitsin Elephanta Cavesista jo vuonna 2006 käydessäni Mumbaissa. Valitettavasti nettiyhteydet, kamerat ja tietokoneet olivat tuolloin niin kehnoa laatua, ettei Elephanta Caves -videon bloggaaminen ollut mahdollista ennen kuin vasta nyt.

Bonuksena kuitenkin tämä: katsottuasi tämän lyhytvideon Elephanta Cavesista, saat nyt kaupan päälle monta muuta videonäkökulmaa samasta aiheesta!

 

Around India, instantly with images

India is a huge country, consisting of 29 states and 7 union territories.

So far I’ve visited some ten of them states of India, and it is really a fascinating dream to think of travelling and experiencing all of them Indian states and photograph them.

And no, I would not call it an unrealistic dream, since it was possible to see all the Goan beaches as well, as you can read from the linked article.

But since travelling all around India would be taking so much time and money, as well as lots of arrangements and courage, I decided, for the time being, to collect an instaimage gallery of all the states of India in order to have a quick look at them through the eyes of those who have already been there or are there at the moment, instagramming.

That will make a nice visual adventure to India, so do check the links below and get yourself an instant experience of all the Indian states and union territories. Something unexpectable might also be meeting your eyes. – Otherwise, why would they call it an incredible India.

So do stay tuned for more Indivue art and travel tips to come, from India, Europe, and hopefully later, the rest of the world!

All the Indian states and state capitals

and Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka

Hashtags #Bangalore and official #Karnataka Tourism

and Panaji, the capital of Goa

Hashtag #Panaji

and Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra

Hashtag #Mumbai

and Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat

Hashtags #Gandhinagar, the huge city of #Ahmedabad and the official #Gujarat tourism

and Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan

Hashtags #Jaipur and the official #Rajasthan Tourism

and Chandigarh, the capital of Haryana

Hashtag #Faridabad

and Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab

Hashtag #Ludhianathe big city in Punjab

and Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh

Hashtag #Shimla

and Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir

Hashtag #Srinagar

and Kohima, the capital of Nagaland

Hashtag #Kohima

and Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand

Hashtag #Dehradun

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

and Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh

Hashtag the official #Uttar Pradesh Tourism

and Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh

Hashtag #Indore

and Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana

Hashtag #Hyderabad

and Hyderabad, the capital of Andra Pradesh

and Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu

Hashtag #Chennai

and Thiruvanathapuram, the capital of Kerala

Hashtags #Thiruvananthapuram and #Kochi

and Bhupaneswar, the capital of Odisha

and Naya Raipur, the capital of Chattisgarh

Hashtag #NayaRaipur

and Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal

Hashtag #Kolkata

and Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand

Hashtag #Ranchi

and Patna, the capital of Bihar

Hashtag #Patna

and Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim

Hashtag #Gangtok

and Dispur, the capital of Assam

Hashtag #Dispur

and Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya

and Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh

and Imphal, the capital of Manipur

Hashtag #Imphal

and Agartala, the capital of Tripura

Hashtag #Agartala

and Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram

Hashtag #Aizawl

and New Delhi, the capital of India

Hashtag #NewDelhi

Find the article about all the Indian states in Finnish from here!

Löydä artikkeli kaikista Intian osavaltioista ja unionin alueista suomeksi ylläolevasta linkistä!