Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bollywood Movies Recommended by Kumar

clipped from

Amitava Kumar's Bollywood Crash Course

*Sholay is the biggest hit in Bollywood history. Kumar says it has "melodrama, violence, sex and dance," all the "characteristic marks" of a Bollywood film.

*Satya is a Hindi crime film from 1998.

*Ankur, or The Seedling, started "the new wave of Indian cinema," according to Kumar, with its "eye for social observation and injustice."

*The Bandit Queen is the fictionalized story of Phoolan Devi, a modern day, female Robin Hood in India.

Image from 'Monsoon Wedding'

Monsoon Wedding, from 2001, was directed by Mira Nair. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award. © 2001

Listening to NPR's Talk of the Nation today I found myself browsing the Bollywood films on Netflix. Adventure awaits.

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