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
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 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
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
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
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
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.