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I was going to say "Bollywood" but there are two Telugu movies in here, so there it is.



1. Asoka - period epic about Asoka, the legendary Indian emperor who renounced conquest and converted to Buddhism. Shahrukh Khan plays Asoka (in his best role ever, IMO) - the violent, passionate, intense, ambitious contradiction. Kareena Kapoor is a fugitive princess who owns his heart and soul. There are battles, amazing cinematography and one of my favorite love stories ever.

MV:




2. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge - the movie that hooked me on Bollywood back in 2002 and the longest-running, one of the most famous Bollywood movies ever. The legendary pairing of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol play young lovers who meet on a trip through Europe - she is traditional but very strong, taking her last gasp of freedom before being taken to India to marry a man she has never met. He is an immature mischief maker who grows up throughout the movie into this amazing man worthy of her. Their chemistry burns up the screen. It is the most rewatched movie in my collection.

Have my favorite Bollywood song/sequence ever:



3. Veer Zaara - I think this was the last great romantic epic to come out of Bollywood, but what a way to go! This story of an Indian air force pilot and a Pakistani aristocrat holds the record for the amount I bawled my eyes out. (To make me feel less bad, burly men were bawling with me). Sharukh Khan is Veer Pratap Singh, an officer who meets Preity Zinta's Zaara Khan when she crosses the border to deposit her nanny's ashes into the sacred river. Their love cannot be because they are of different countries, different faiths, different classes, not to mention she is engaged for her family's political advancement. And yet they end up willing to give up anything and everything for each other. And almost do. I won't spoil the ending but suffice it to say that it was surprisingly hopeful but I still had tears of rage and grief for most of the second half. Heck, I started crying watching the MV!

MV:



Another MV:



Scene from the movie:



4. Raavan - Mani Ratnam's masterpiece, a re-imagining of the story of Sita's kidnapping by Raavan. In this story set in a wild and remote province, Sita is Aishwarya Rai, the wife of the tough police officer Ram (Vikram). She is kidnapped by the local thug king Raavan (Abhishek Bachchan). The very dark, complicated, gorgeously shot story explores what drives these three characters and turns the familiar tropes on their face -it lets you figure out which one of the men is the true monster. Both Abhishek and Vikram are amazing, but the movie belongs to Aishwarya Rai, who plays gorgeous, tough, determined, amazing. She is the one who truly changes through the movie - it is really her story.

One of the sequences from the movie:



5. Magadheera - biggest Telugu hit ever, this story is an epic tale of a Princess and her Royal Bodyguard who, after their bloody deaths, get reincarnated centuries later as a biker and a college student and end up falling in love all over again. It has epic battles, gorgeous songs, cuteness, angst, and violence. Plus my obsessive crush Ram Charan Tej.

Have my favorite song from the movie:



6. Fanaa - a terrorist love story. Umm, yeah, it works. The story revolves around a blind Kashmiri girl (Kajol) and a Delhi tour guide (Aamir Khan) who is more than what he seems. It's romantic, tragic, larger-than-life and I was obsessed with it for a solid year. I even wrote fic!

Unspoilery MV (those are hard to find!)



7. Omkara - a retelling of Othello set in a dusty impoverished rural corner of India. Omkara (Ajay Devgan) is this version's Othello and Kareena Kapoor is Desdemona, but the movie is stolen by Saif Ali Khan's portrayal of Iago.

One of the lighter sequences in the movie:



8. Rang De Basanti - a movie about a group of young people trying to achieve change in an indifferent world, this may sound boring but it isn't. It's epic. Aamir Khan's last conversation made me sob so much, I had to hide in the bathroom.

Trailer:



9. Yuva - another Mani Ratnam movie, this time about three very different men - an underworld thug (Abhishek Bachchan), a college activist (Ajay Devgan), and an upper-class slacker (Vivek Oberoi) whose lives intersect. Also with Rani Mukherji, Kareena Kapoor and Esha Deol.

Song:



10. Sholay - arguably the most famous Bollywood movie ever made, this 1970s 'curry Western' is about two small-time criminals (Bollywood legends Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan) hired to rid a remote village of a horrible bandit Gabbar Singh.

One of my favorite scenes - Hema Malini dancing for her OTP Dharmendra's life - as long as she dances, he remains alive.



11. Madrasapattinam - period epic about the doomed love between and Indian man and an English girl on the eve of Independence. Think your favorite romantic epic. Then multiply it by ten.

My favorite song:



12. Dil Se - another Mani Ratnam movie, starring Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala, this one is incredibly dark and deals with terrorism, obsession, damage and hopelessness. Amar's destructive fixation on the damaged, mysterious Megha, it has been suggested, is symbolic of India's obsessession with its separatist provinces.

All the songs in this movie are pretty close to legendary but this one is the most famous of them all:



13. Devdas - apotheosis of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. SLB is a love him or hate him type of director, but luckily I belong to the former camp. Based on a classic novel about a self-destructive young man and two very different women - one he loves and loses and one who loves him but cannot save him from himself. This is probably the most gorgeous movie I have ever seen. And if you do not cry at the final scene, you have no soul. There, I said it. With Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit.

MV:



14. Parineeta - a stylish, romantic, complicated tale set in 1960s Calcutta. Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan steam up the screen as a pair of conflicted, angsty lovers who have been friends since childhood but are being torn apart by class differences, pride, jealosy, and parental greed.

Have a MV:



15. Bunty Aur Babli - a delicious, silly, awesome tale of a pair of romantic partner con artists played by Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherji. If I ever feel down, this is the one I watch to perk me up.

One of my favorite songs of all time:

Date: 2011-09-05 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themadpoker.livejournal.com
I read this! And my list of Bollywood to watch grew tenfold so you know. Good times. :)

Date: 2011-09-05 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yay! Let me know how you like the ones you watch :)

Date: 2011-09-05 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happahaole.livejournal.com
thanks mousie! i've been looking for a good movie to watch. lately i've been watching alot of romantic korean movies but they've all been sad (i.e. sad movie, a moment to remember, the classic, etc...i don't know why I do this to myself lol)

Date: 2011-09-05 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I can let you know which ones of these end happily (most of them).

Date: 2011-09-05 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blobofcolour.livejournal.com
I've been meaning to check out more Bollywood movies but there are soooo many of them I don't know where to start. I'll try to work my way through your list! =)

Date: 2011-09-05 02:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-05 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fivil.livejournal.com
Fun (very you) list! Fanaa, Rang De Basanti, DDLJ & Bunty aur Babli also make my top whatever list. Oh and Omkara of course. Dil Se used to but I haven't seen it in such a long while I'm unsure how I'd rate it now.

I didn't know you liked Raavan enough to make your top list! I liked it but found the pace a little clunky. I've been meaning to see the Tamil version in which Vikram plays the main role, I have it on DVD and everything, just haven't gotten around to it.

Date: 2011-09-05 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
LOL, yeah, it's very me - 5 of the movies are SRK films :) Plus, most of these are epic love stories and the only comedy on the list is BaurB and it's a romantic caper, not one of those slapsticky ones like Dostana (which I like, but not enough to put on the fave list).

Re: Raavan. I loved it - it was gorgeous and well-acted but, most importantly, not like anything I have ever seen. I really want to watch the Tamil version - I love Abhishek when he does dark roles, but Vikram is another thing altogether!

Date: 2011-09-05 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wasabi-girl1.livejournal.com
HERE TO STAN RAAVAN SO HARD!! ;)

Also, I own the Tamil version on DVD (saw the Hindi one in theatres) but have yet to watch it. Should some time to compare... :)

Date: 2011-09-05 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lydzi.livejournal.com
Om7h! Where am I going to find some of these? :o I love so so much Omkara. I think it's [livejournal.com profile] fivil who first rec it to me and everything about it is justĀµ... perfect. Dark and so intense and yeah the guy playing Iago was frightening and multi dimensionnal. And oh my HIS VOICE.

Now out of this I really really want to see Maghadeera. The all clip just made me salivate. Faana looks so interesting and original. What is that international cast in Rang de Basanti? Oh DO WANT.

You already talked about Madrasapattinam didn't you? This looks... anyway give me romans outfit and I'm on it like butter on a toast. And seriously, India has the most beautiful girls EVER.
It's terrible because I know some of the songs from Dil Se as a matter of fact but I never saw the movie. Shame on me :p.

Date: 2011-09-05 09:46 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You should be able to find most if not all of the above movies with English subtitles at sominaltvtheater if you're unable to find them on youtube.

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Date: 2011-09-05 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elizabennet69.livejournal.com
Good job with the list, and very good recommendations too!

Date: 2011-09-05 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2011-09-05 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spunspider.livejournal.com
*______* i've seen all the bollywood ones on this list minus yuva (for some reason) and i love them all ♥ oh, except dil se i saw when i was a kid at my cousins' house and i couldn't focus through it at all so i barely remember it, ha. it sounds right up my street though i should watch it properly. and THE SONGS. jfc i miss when i was nuts over bollywood, i grew up on it. have you seen those old rajshri house films? maine pyar kiya, hum saath saath hain, hum aapke hain kaun?

Date: 2011-09-05 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes I have. I adoe MPK (young Salman! RAWR!!!! Cutest OTP ever, like something out of kdrama). I really like HSSH - it's my cheering movie - I want to be in that family. Oddly, I never felt particularly drawn bu HAHK. I mean, it's OK, but I was never obsessed about it.

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Date: 2011-09-05 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] once-a-weaver.livejournal.com
Wow, I have this memory of seeing one Bollywood movie that was pretty and interesting and then became very dark... but I couldn't remember what it was. Now I'm pretty sure that it must have been Asoka.

Maybe I should try more of these.

Date: 2011-09-05 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Ooooh, yes, do! *hopes to infect others*

Date: 2011-09-05 01:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akatsukichii.livejournal.com
I've only watched 11 of these. This is my childhood right here XD Veer Zaara is so depressing I remember everyone around me talking about it/listening to the music for the longest time after that movie came out :D and Devdas...i must confess...it's almost seems like a comedy movie to me nnow...o_0

Date: 2011-09-05 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I saw VZ in the theater opening weekend and seriously, everyone around me was bawling - ladies, little kids, men.

I think Devdas is the closest I've seen Bollywood come to opera. I love opera so I love it, but I do think it's a very polarizing movie.

Date: 2011-09-05 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prismatic-star.livejournal.com
I LOVE THIS POST!

Date: 2011-09-05 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am totally getting obsessed with Bollywood/Kollywood again :)

Date: 2011-09-05 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkeyedwolf.livejournal.com
.........

BOOKMARKED FOREVER.

Date: 2011-09-05 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yay! Let me know if you need links!

Date: 2011-09-05 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
There are my top three bollywood movies :

Dil Chahta Hai : Gosh this movie is part of my top movies overall. The chemistry between the character and Aamir Khan/Pretty zinta couple -too bad they have not work together again-, the music, the atmosphere, the acting...I love this movie. Preity was attractive with her curly hairstyle and minimal make up, Aamir was so charming, Akshay khannah was really undearing, Saif was cute, I felt for Dimple Kapadia, and Sonali was pretty too.

Kal Ho Na ho : this movie made me a Preity Zinta fan. Too bad she has always been underestimated and she is not proposed movies anymore. This girl has this kind of sincerity in her acting and she is not the usual "bollywood" actress and I found her really charming in Kal Ho Na ho. People say she had more chemistry with Saif ali Khan than SRK but in my view her relationship with SRK in the movie felt more "magic". Here again the music and the atmosphere make it one of my top bollywood movies


Veer zaara : This show made me a SRK-Preity jodi fan from then on. The music is a treat -lately bollywood has lost its touch ! I loved the acting of everyone -I still don't understand why people bash Preity acting here so much because I don't think she is was very convincing at portraying her warm strong/fragile juvenile woman character very well !

Other movies that I like :

Chori chori chupke chupke, Dil chahta hai, Bombay, Laagan, Kuch kuch hota hain, Devdas, Saajan, The hero, Dil se, Kya Kehna, Mission kashmir, saathiya... Seriously they don't do musics like that anymore and I don't feel attracted by the actors/actresses unlike before.

Date: 2011-09-05 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"I don't think she is was very convincing at portraying her warm strong/fragile juvenile woman character very well !"

Sorry I meant : I think she was very convincing at portraying her character and I didn't feel she "acted")

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Date: 2011-09-05 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Lord I think I will again to watch some bollywood music...Do you know "piya piya" of Har dil jo pyar karega ? I remember when I was obssessed about bollywood back in high school -6 years ago- I couldn't but listening to this song and other ones.

Date: 2011-09-05 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I rememeber that song!

Nobody does romance the way Bollywood does when they are one.

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Date: 2011-09-05 04:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] plazmah.livejournal.com

Love love love this list! Your taste is good and you should feel good. :)

Date: 2011-09-05 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Thank you :P

Date: 2011-09-05 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wasabi-girl1.livejournal.com
Those are some REALLY freaking good picks, m'dear. :D

Also, HOW MUCH DO I LOVE YOU FOR INCLUDING RAAVAN OMG ASDFSKJFHKFASHFSFLKASHF!!!!! (i always feel like the only person besides my fam who loved that movie to bits and pieces)

Date: 2011-09-05 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

raavan is ridiculously underrated. I don't get it!

Date: 2011-09-05 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
Your list reminds me that I still haven't watched Raavan. I have the DVD and all but just haven't found the time for it yet. Apart from that, I've seen most of the films here. Asoka is one of my all times favourites, as is Dil Se. Both have such gorgeous cinematography.

I really should check more Telugu or Tamil films. I've quite liked the few I've seen (Magadheera, Dumm Dumm Dumm, and Alai Payuthey). I would also be very interesting to compare the Hindi and Tamil version of Raavan.

I'm really looking for this year's Helsinki International Film Festival since they have quite intersting Indian choices this year. Though I haven't yet decided whether to go see 7 Khoon Maaf in a theatre or not, since I have it on DVD (haven't watched it yet, though).

Date: 2011-09-06 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I love Telugu movies and like Tamil ones. So yes, very recommended.

I am so jealous about the festival :)

Date: 2011-09-06 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mainemilyhoon.livejournal.com
Oooh, good list! I agree with all of them except Devdas (I've tried. I watched it three times, and I tried, but I just cannot like that movie.) and Raavan, which I still haven't seen. I was waiting for the DVD to come out and then I forgot about it.

One of these days I need to go on a Bollywood rewatching spree; it's been too long since I've seen some of these movies.

Date: 2011-09-06 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enagwolo.livejournal.com
You're not alone. I hate Devdas too. lol. I do kinda like DevD.

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fave movies

Date: 2011-09-06 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Wow This must have taken you a really long time to compile. I don't think I could come up with 15. so Bravo on this miraculous feat.I am surprised, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is not on your list since it is my ultimate fav movie not only bec SRK and Kajol are epic but because I sobbbed with the train scene and the confession scene and it still gets me every time. Sigh good times.

Your picks are quite varied in genre so its a good mix. I can't claim I have seen all the movies, but I would pick DDLJ as my ultimate favourite bec no matter how many times I watch it I still grin like and idiot when SRK asks Kajol to turn if she likes him at the train station.........swoon!.

I watched Fanaa and gotta admit I cried at the end. Same with Rang de Basanti...Amir Khan is brilliant at no matter what he does.
I would also recommen 3 idiots only because I thought that brought a very good social issue to life.

I can't bring myself to like Kal ho na ho and Veer Zaara and I think that is simply because I CANNOT stand Preity Zinta but I know a lot of people find her appealing!.

Any way thank you for the list.Good JOb!

-leaves45

Re: fave movies

Date: 2011-09-06 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
The first half of KKHH is a little too goofy for me to put it on the list but I loooooove the second half.

Date: 2012-10-23 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muramatsu-aoi.livejournal.com
i loved Parineeta myself, but the last "wall breaking" scene was LOLtastic.. and I agree with you on Raavan & Asoka- the cinematography <3333

may i recommend Chak De India for a feel-good movie?Hoping your country wasn't one of the opponent teams...

Date: 2012-10-23 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muramatsu-aoi.livejournal.com
and Jodhaa Akbar when you have plenty of time.. it was one gorgeous film and Hrithik in an epic epic role..

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