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:
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, starring Roger Moore as James Bond.
Watch the movie and the trailer here: Octopussy – John Glen
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!