Bollywood Movies: Thoughts and Experiences

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Do you watch 'Bollywood' films? Do you think they're a rip-off? :yuck: :grumpy: Or are they great for comedy value :rofl: (whether intentionally or not :wink: ) ? If you've watched one, you've seen them all? :surprise:
 
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Hey, don't bad mouth the bollywood movies, I happen to love them! :devil: They're even going to remake a bunch of European movies I heard the other day (including some Dutch (didn't know we (the Dutch) had movies worth remaking)).

You just need to know which ones to watch, generally the ones with good dancers and singers. The stories are all pretty much the same and the swing around point is predictably in the middle after 1.5 hours at the time of intermission :rolleyes: but still, the stories are nice.

Hum dil de chuke sanam is absolutely favorite.. :redface:
 
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I used to watch lots of Indian Movies when I was around 3 or 4 years old. Why? It was the only thing on TV then. I have a vague memory of the experience. To me, it was just the same thing over and over again: the dancing, the love story, the bad guy, the death of the lover (usually male), and a fiery funeral at the end of the movie. Of course, I was very young then and did not (still do not!) understand the Indian language. It must have been entertaining because I chose to watch these movies over playing hide-and-seek with my neighbours.
 
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Hey, don't bad mouth the bollywood movies, I happen to love them! :devil: They're even going to remake a bunch of European movies I heard the other day (including some Dutch (didn't know we (the Dutch) had movies worth remaking)).

You just need to know which ones to watch, generally the ones with good dancers and singers. The stories are all pretty much the same and the swing around point is predictably in the middle after 1.5 hours at the time of intermission :rolleyes: but still, the stories are nice.

Hum dil de chuke sanam is absolutely favorite.. :redface:
Lol...sorry to get you upset :shy:

Who are your favourite actors/actresses? ... Sharukh Khan and Kajol for sure! Especially when they're acting together....
...ah!...Kajol.... :redface:
 
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We get a foreign language TV station that plays Indian shows in the mornings. All I ever see is this series that seems to be stories from the Hindu religion, community affairs and talent shows. The dancing is very nice. The singing ... :eek: ... The UN should pass a resolution prohibiting Indian women from singing. I'm sorry. It makes me want to shove the handiest amorphous goo into my ears. It makes me want to run, hide, surrender or talk! I'll do anything! Please just make it stop!

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We get a foreign language TV station that plays Indian shows in the mornings. All I ever see is this series that seems to be stories from the Hindu religion, community affairs and talent shows. The dancing is very nice. The singing ... :eek: ... The UN should pass a resolution prohibiting Indian women from singing. I'm sorry. It makes me want to shove the handiest amorphous goo into my ears. It makes me want to run, hide, surrender or talk! I'll do anything! Please just make it stop!

Njorl
haaa![sharp intake of breath] :eek:

Monique won't like that :D

There are some beautiful women-singers though - just last night I was watching this film on tv - 'The Substitute Killer' i think it was called with Chao Yan Fat (sry abt spelin) - surprisingly enough there was an indian women singing in the backgriund as he walked around in an oriental (chinese/japanese?) market. Was nice mood-music.
 
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Lol...sorry to get you upset :shy:
:grumpy: :smile:

Who are your favourite actors/actresses? ... Sharukh Khan and Kajol for sure! Especially when they're acting together....
...ah!...Kajol.... :redface:
You must like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham :smile:

now.. Njorl :bugeye: it must just be that you don't know the language
I forgive you, a little treat: http://home.student.uva.nl/monique.vandervoet/aankhonki.mp3" [Broken]
plus the lyrics :biggrin: :
Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan Maaf Hon(Repeat)
Ek Tuk Tumhe Dekhtein Hain,
Jo Baat Kehna Chahe Zubaan, Tumse Ye Woh Kehtein Hain,
Aankhon Ki Sharmo Haya Maaf Ho,
Tumhe Dekh Ke Jhukti Hain, Uthi Aankhen Jo Baat Na Keh Saki
Jhuki Aankhen Woh Kehteein Hain,
Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan Maaf Hon

Stanza Kaajal Ka Ek Til Tumhare Labon Pe Laga Doon,
Haan Chanda Aur Sooraj Ki Nazron Se Tumko Bacha Loon,
Hoh Palkon Ki Chilman Mein Aao Main Tumko Chupa Loon,
Khayalon Ki Ye Shokhiyan Maaf Hon,
Har Dam Tumhe Sochtien Hain, Jab Hosh Mein Hota Hai Jahan,
Madhosh Ye Karti Hai,
Aankhon Ki Sharmo Haya Maaf Ho

Ye Zindagi Aap Ki Hi Amanat Rahegi, Hey Hey
Dil Mein Sada Aapki Hi Mohabbat Rahegi, Hey Hey
In Sanson Ko Aapki Hi Zaroorat Rahegi,
Is Dil Ki Nadaaniyan Maaf Hon,
Ye Meri Kahan Sunti Hain,
Ye Pal Pal Jo Hote Hain Bekal Sanam, Toh Sapne Naye Bunti Hain
Hmm Aankhon Ki, Aankhon Ki,
Gustakhiyan, SharmoHaya, Maaf Hon
 
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Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham! The most moving moment is when his brother comes into the house and that man starts singing in the background - "jisthe-ho janeme" i think (means ur the body I am the soul?) - brings a tear to my eye everytime.
 
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I know! It's "Jism tu jaan mein, teri pehchaan mein" (In knowing you, body and soul) SEE the movies aren't that bad?! And the moment in the shopping mall where the mother and son get reunited again? :bugeye: :cry:
 
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Yeah...very god acting on their part...I made this thread for fun-I was poking fun the Bollywod movies cos half the time I'm laughing when I watch 'em (rarely). But some are good - good and bad bits mixed in. But Y?..Y?..Y? distroy the movies by recycling old material (both indian and non-indian)? I will never understand...
 
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I've gotta ask ... favourite actors/actresses?
 
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Thank you Monique! It's been aaages since I heard that song - had video [nice video2]- lost it. Brings back memories from almost exactly three years ago....

BTW - what does the chorus mean?
 
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oh my hat!! I cant believe u guyz watch bollywood movies. they are utterly repulsive, same story--- over and over again... usually a tear jerker if that shahruk khan guy is involved. I cant stand them!! my mom is a bollywood buff and its frightnening how much she likes them. The only one that deserved some form of respect was Lagaan. that was wikid. and u know wot, I feel like throwing up when they do those coreographed dances. BLAHHHHHH.
 
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That little chorus:
and the song: http://home.student.uva.nl/monique.vandervoet/k3gsad.mp3" [Broken]

kabhii khushii kabhii gam
In times of happiness, in times of sadness,
na judaa ho.nge gam
we shall not be separated
kabhii khushii kabhii gam
In times of happiness, in times of sadness
kya bebasii hai yeh kya majbuuriyaa.n
What helplessness is this, what powerlessness!
ham paas hai.n phir bhii kitniii hai.n duuriyaa.n
We're close, yet how great are the distances between us!
kya bebasii hai yeh kya majbuuriyaa.n
What helplessness is this, what powerlessness!
ham paas hai.n phir bhii kitniii hai.n duuriyaa.n
We're close, yet how great are the distances between us!
jism tuu jaan mai.n terii pahachaan me.n
In knowing you, body and soul,
milke bhii na mile.n yeh hai kaisa bharam
we meet and yet we don't come together; how have we wandered astray?
yeh hai tere karam
This is your doing (what you have merited)
kabhii khushii kabhii gam
In times of happiness, in times of sadness,
na judaa ho.nge gam
we shall not be separated
kabhii khushii kabhii gam
In times of happiness, in times of sadness

And mooberrymarz? Some people like horror, others opera, comedy, action, science fiction, romance.. I guess a romantic soul is needed to appreciate those bollywood movies (although they also produce horror/action).
 
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quddusaliquddus said:
There are some beautiful women-singers though - just last night I was watching this film on tv - 'The Substitute Killer' i think it was called with Chao Yan Fat (sry abt spelin) - surprisingly enough there was an indian women singing in the backgriund as he walked around in an oriental (chinese/japanese?) market. Was nice mood-music.
You mean 'The Replacement Killers' with Chow-Yun Fat. Great action movie.
 
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quddusaliquddus said:
I've gotta ask ... favourite actors/actresses?
Don't really have favorites, but I actually don't like Shahrukh khan and Kajol *ducks* :uhh: ofcourse aishwarya is wonderfull for her fashial expressions, abishek is cute, so is hrithik :redface:
 
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"You mean 'The Replacement Killers' with Chow-Yun Fat. Great action movie."
Thanks The_Professional. Great movie.

How did I know you were going to say Hrithik?...lol...Good actor- jus a Italics(little) OTT for me - but it's not his acting you're thinking of when you're looking @ him r u?...lol ...jus kiddin :D

Aishwarya - I tend not to even mention (and I sometimes forget) that she is gorgeous and good at acting - it goes without saying!!! That twisted face she made in the first song with the playing cards in Devdas was funny &)

So tell me [ - if it's not too presumptious of me for asking - ] how come you're soo into all things Indian? What first got you interested? [I'm assuming you're not Indian - please don't take offence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
 
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hah. yeah monique, thats true. u do need a romantic soul to appreciate those type of movies. I love horror movies, if they make a bollywood horror I might just change my mind bout those movies. :approve: Wot horror movie have they released recently... yeah, i also dont like sharuhk and kajol. My favourite of them all is Preity Zinta... as for the guyz, i think Salman kahn is pretty good looking. he's a bad driver though,... can u believe he got away with riding over homeless people??. :grumpy: Wot a chop!!! And is true that hritik has six fingers?/
 
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quddusaliquddus said:
So tell me [ - if it's not too presumptious of me for asking - ] how come you're soo into all things Indian? What first got you interested? [I'm assuming you're not Indian - please don't take offence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
lol, there are a lot of things I like, not just Indian things :smile: it's been fun memorizing the lyrics to those songs since the language is so wildly different :) my previous Indian roommate & friends who were quite traditional would be to blame :rolleyes:
 
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Back in the 40's, 50's and to a lesser extent the 60's, Hollywood used to make a lot of movies crammed with wonderful musical and dance numbers starring the likes of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Gene Kelly, and Debbie Reynolds. Then, all of a sudden, these films became uncool, just about the time that our fascination with violence picked up. Bollywood has taken over those reins, and therefore gets the thumbs up from me.
 
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Hi!

Hey, mooberrymarz, how can you not like hindi movies (Bollywood!!!)? I kinda didn't like them efore but now I'm hooked! In the last couple months, I've watched like 5 or 6 of them! They really are good if you put them in context. You must understand that they're not Hollywood movies which entertain with storyline and the various twists that exist in them - the entertainment in Bollywood is the OTT nature of the films. They're much more reflective of what cinema is suppose to be -escapism. Hell, if I want escapism, I rather watch K3G with that insanely rich family providing entertainment rather than some Hollywood movie depicting a middle-class urban family. geddit?

Anyhows - my personal thing 'bout hindi movies. I really love Mahima Choudary: she's like super-duper hot! I watched "Dil Hai Tumhara" just for her and "bagbhan" would never have been half as good without her (for eye-candy at least-the movie was ab fab!) And Aishwariya...aaaaaaaaahhh! I think that says it all!

Also, the South African public broadcaster is screening Bollywood movies every week down here (even though only 2% of the population is Indian!!!!) and the broadcaster is saying that rating are going through the roof!

Also, I watched "1942-A Love Story" last week with Manisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor - that was a good movie and I know that Manisha acts in a lot of good movies!

BTW Monique, have you watched Kal Ho Naa Ho or the new one (at least new in SA) Main Hoon Na? Apparently, they're quite good!

Oh and Njorl, What are you smoking? Indian ladies DEFINETLY can sing! Don't tell me that Lata Mangeshkar's voice is anything short of fabulous. And Don't know if you know that song form "Devdas" call 'Dola Re." The song is freakin' amazing!!!!!
 
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Good, someone to back me up :biggrin: the thing about the movies is that they tell a life story, they start when they are in their teens and it shows them struggeling with love and life, making decisions that affect their life. The family is central. The richness with the songs and dancing, including the dreamy nature of those interludes more than make up for the 'lack of' storyline. The only one I didn't like was Taal with Aish.
 
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shahil, you ask how i can not like hindi movies... simple. they are soooo boring and take forever to get to the point. I dont have a lot of patience and am not really into romantic movies (yes, i am a cynic).. so I guess that would make me very much anti bollywood. We all have different tastes, but watching a bollywood movie to me would be like eating a marmite and vingar cookie. BLLLAAAAHHHHH!!! Its cool that u are interested in that kinda stuff, but its not for everyone...especially ppl like me. : )
 
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I always regretted the Nehru jacket came and went before my time. :frown: My older brothers had them, and they looked really sharp. For some reason though, they always smelled like pot.

Njorl
 

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