Good Western movies which were shot in India

Good Western movies which were shot in 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 good western movies shot in India, with Indivue starreviews 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.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: 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 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, 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.

Watch the movie and the trailer here: Watch the movie and the trailer here: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.

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 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.

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. Film is starring Irrfan Khan and Tabu, among others, 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 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

  •  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 in this article, together with their trailers, can be easily found from iTunes, at least in America, from the links provided by this article. (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!

 

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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. Online since 2005 both in Finnish and in English languages. All the articles related to Bollywood, Hindi cinema and Indian movies.

In 2018 Indivue’s Travel Opus to Bollywood renews itself – It will now 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. (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 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 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 Indian movies reviewed in Indivue have been seen through Western eyeglasses. That way much of the movie experience is based on translated English subtitles made by somebody else. This 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 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:

(Deepika Padukone in Fin)

(Katrina Kaif in Fin)

(Vidya Balan in Fin)

(Anushka Sharma in Fin)

 

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!

Indivue has been making this Travel Opus to Bollywood for over ten years. The latest updates are the safe links to Apple Music and iTunes -services, through which 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 online by actresses:

 

 

Have yourself the best movie experience ever!

And follow Travel Opus to Bollywood now in Facebook as well!

 

Indivue Travel Opus To Bollywood      Travel Opus to Bollywood - IndivueCom 2018

Piku – Bollywood, 2015

Piku was not a touching, but rather a hilarious Bollywood movie.
 And a very realistic one, I'm afraid -
 Who can't find himself from Piku?
 Four stars out of five for this movie. ****

Find Piku the movie and the trailer here:
Piku – Shoojit Sircar

Dil Dhadakne Do – Bollywood, 2015

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This Indian Bollywood movie Dil Dhadakne Do spoke to married people and people who love dogs, in a humorous way. Pointing out gossipers. 3 stars from five for the movie #DilDhadakneDo  ***

Find the movie and the trailer with English subtitles here: Dil Dhadakne Do – Zoya Akhtar

Continue reading “Dil Dhadakne Do – Bollywood, 2015”

Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Bollywood, 2015

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#Bollywood movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha was an ode for the few extra kilos. Already waiting for the 2nd part of the movie. *** #DumLagaKeHaisha

Find the movie and the trailer here: Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Sharat Katariya

Dum laga ke haisha -movie review

VEER-ZAARA – Bollywood, 2004

Veer-Zaara gives you an almost perfect movie experience. Full five stars.

 

Music from the movie Veer-Zaara

Life in a METRO – Bollywood, 2007

You can feel the life and the pulse of the modern metropolitan city Mumbai while watching this. Three stars for the movie Life in a metro. ***

Find more Bollywood movie reviews in Finnish from the link attached!

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna in Regal Cinema 13/09/06

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna in Regal Cinema 13/09/06

Regal Cinema is a movie theatre in Mumbai, designed in art deco movie style. This theatre is located in Colaba Causeway. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is a Bollywood film, which was at the premiere in Mumbai August 11 2006. It is an exceptional Indian Bollywood film in the sense that it deals with love relationships outside of marriage. The actors in the film are Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta. The film is directed by Karan Johar. Three and a half stars out of five for the movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. ***½

Find more Bollywood movie reviews in Finnish from the link attached!

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Bollywood movieposter
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna in Regal Cinema, October 2006