An account of the making of the critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated Indian blockbuster Lagaan, from the point of view of Satyajit Bhatkal, who served as a production assistant on the film. (Note: on Netflix, this is listed under the title Madness in the Desert.)
In 1890s India, an arrogant British commander challenges the harshly taxed residents of Champaner to a high-stakes cricket match. If the villagers win, they will owe no taxes for three years, which would deliver them from poverty in a time of drought. If they lose, they will owe three times their normal taxes, which would mean ruin for all of them. Complication: the villagers do not know how to play cricket. [more inside]
Sanju explores some of the most crucial chapters from movie star Sanjay Duttl's dramatic and controversial real life. It gives a lowdown on his struggles with drugs and his trials and tribulations in the Arms Acts case and the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.
Desperate to pursue her dreams but wary of drawing the wrath of her abusive father, 14 year-old Insia becomes a YouTube sensation as a singer while hiding her identity behind a burqa. The key to pursuing her dreams and helping her mother and brother escape may be the loutish, egomaniacal music producer/tv host Shakti Kumaarr (Aamir Khan.)
Munna is a criminal who sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor. With help from his sidekick Circuit, he enrolls himself in medical college and drives Dr. Asthana up the wall. From writer/director Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots, PK).
In the 18th century, the British East India Company is pitted against Khudabaksh, a "Thug of the Seas" fighting to liberate his country. The English, not knowing how to defeat him, call on a talented con artist, Firangi Mallah.
From the moment Rancho arrives at India's most prestigious engineering university, his outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down--along with the lives of his two newfound best friends. This Hindi language blockbuster comedy drama unfolds in two parallel stories, ten years apart and incorporates a number of real Indian inventions.
Devdas is an acclaimed 2002 Bollywood romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It is the third film based on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 1917 novel. Set in the early 1900s, the film follows Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan), a wealthy law graduate who returns from London to marry his childhood sweetheart, Paro (Aishwarya Rai). When his own family rejects the marriage, he descends into alcohol, ultimately leading to his emotional deterioration and him seeking refuge with a courtesan.
An alien on Earth loses the only device he can use to communicate with his spaceship. His innocent nature and child-like questions force the country to evaluate the impact of religion on its people.
Shekhar is a nebbishy video game designer trying hard to impress his son and succeed at work. Following his son's advice, he hits it big with a game based around Ra.One, a seemingly unbeatable villain. But when the AI powering Ra.One becomes sentient, his son Prateek is in danger.
Blockbuster inspirational sports drama based on a true story: former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat decides to teach his daughters to wrestle. Indian film star Aamir Khan stars -- and produces it, along with Walt Disney Pictures. Dangal is "the second highest grossing Indian film of all time". [more inside]
Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story "White Nights", Saawariya is a fable about the love as related by Gulabji, a prostitute, who tells the story of a complicated set of relationships centered around her meeting of an itinerant performer named Raj. [more inside]
Would anyone be interested in a club for subtitled Bollywood movies that are available on Netflix? They've got some real gems (DDLJ!) and I think it would be a lot of fun to go back and re-watch some with The Internet.