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Good movies of West having shots of India

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, totally or partially, and not all of them were made in Hollywood. Here’s a list of them with star reviews on many.

  • 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 from Bollywood.

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.

The Man Who Knew Infinity – Matt Brown

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Movie the 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 film in iTunes through following this link  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.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – John Madden

  • Victoria & Abdul (2017), ****

Judi Dench was also recently starring the British movie Victoria & Abdul, which is said to be telling the real story about 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.

Find the movie here from iTunes Victoria & Abdul – Stephen Frears

And 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, beautifully shot, 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.

You 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 and got three stars out of five from Indivue.

Nowadays you can buy or rent the movie in iTunes, and see the trailer also: 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.

Find the movie 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 and this film, based on true events, takes its viewer also to Delhi, India, among others.

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, telling a dramatic 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, and starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, among others, tells a visually nice story about an Indian cook starting a restaurant in Paris, and about the difficulties he will face.

You can see the trailer and buy or rent the movie in iTunes

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. Film is starring Irrfan Khan and Tabu, among others, well known from Bollywood films.

Find the film in iTunes: The Namesake – Mira Nair

and the soundtrack in Apple Music

Mira Nair has made also several other good movies like Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1997) and Monsoon Wedding (2001), the movie of which 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 about how British India was divided, back in 1947. The film is directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice) and the music is by A.R.Rahman. Gillian Anderson (X-files) credibly portrays 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

  • Million Dollar Arm (2014)

Million Dollar Arm, starring Angelina Jolie.

Million Dollar Arm – Craig Gillespie

  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

The Bourne Supremacy, starring Matt Damon

The Bourne Supremacy – Paul Greengrass

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Brad Bird

  • Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow

  • Octopussy (1983)

Octopussy, starring Roger Moore as James Bond.

Octopussy – John Glen

  • Outsourced (2006)

Outsourced – John Jeffcoat

  • The Rains Came (1939)

The Rains Came – Clarence Brown

Most of the movies mentioned in this article, together with their trailers, can be easily found from iTunes, at least in America, from the links this article provides.

If you buy or rent a movie from iTunes, or Apple Music service, through Indivue, the maintenance will get a tiny commission.

(Apple, Apple Music and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)

 

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Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi movies

Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi movies

Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi cinema is one of Indivue’s web publications. It started both in Finnish and in English languages back in 2005. All the articles in that opus are related to Bollywood, Hindi cinema and Indian movies.

In 2018 this Indivue’s Travel Opus to Bollywood renews itself – It will now also guide you to listen to the excellent music from Bollywood movies!

In addition you will find plenty of good Indian (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. (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 the 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 Indivue mentioned on 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. It 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 Bollywood 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 linking 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 good to mention that all the Bollywood movies reviewed in Indivue have been seen through Western eyeglasses. That way much of the movie experience is based on the translated English subtitles made by somebody else, which might also explain why some masterpieces in Hindi cinema do not ring the bell of the Finnish viewer. And it goes vice versa as well, of course.

It might be very interesting for an Indian to see, what do the Western people like in Bollywood.

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, and 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 were 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 number one because those movies had English subtitles in them. 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 nowadays in Bollywood 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, and nowadays this updated article comes with music, so do check it out and feel the rhythm!

The Indivue Travel Opus to Bollywood has been an author’s edition for over ten years – Nowadays what is new is that, if you decide to acquire yourself some movies or music from Apple Music and iTunes -services through the safe affiliate links in Indivue websites, Indivue will get a tiny commission, which will help this Travel Opus to Bollywood stay free for its readers in the future as well!

(Apple and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)

 

Have yourself the best movie experience ever!

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