Home is a shelter from storms… All sorts of storms. – William J. Bennett
We’re a week into our lockdown in South Africa, you may have started out being productive with all these great ideas for what you’re going to use your “time off” doing… and if you’re like me, a week later and all you want to do is binge watch shows and movies cuddled in bed with a dozen snacks surrounding you.
Despite the fact that I actually do need to be a lot more productive, the greatest part about blogging is I can put on a movie and write at the same time. Movies and TV shows take up a chunk of time, that way the more movies and shows you watch the quicker time will go and we can go out into society again, and it’s a way to stay home and practice good social distancing.
Bollywood movies are some of the longest movies you’d find out there, and Netflix did the brown community a solid when they chose this lockdown period to put up the movies that shaped our childhoods… Here’s a list of some of my favorite Bollywood movies on Netflix right now:
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham  Romance/Drama
Okay, this was the first movie I watched in a movie theater with my grandparents, who can deny a young Sharukh, Hrithik’s dance moves, and Kareena Kapoor’s life-altering outfits. It’s basically the Indian version of the prodigal’s son except the father didn’t celebrate his return and the younger brother has to convince the dad to stop being so grumpy (I feel like Amitabh Bachchan’s parental role has this personality always)
- Shaandaar  Rom-com/Drama
I love Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor is really nice to look at… This movie is super cute, their chemistry in this is so convincing I genuinely thought they had a thing after I watched it and may or may not have obsessively been searching online for any confirmation of it but he’s married. It’s about two insomniacs finding each other and found sleep through their connection, and in between a bunch of crazy family members who really should be in a sanitarium.
- We Are Family  Drama
I’m sure most of you have seen the 1998 Stepmom with Julia Roberts, this is literally the Bollywood version with Kajol and Pooja’s reunited (You’ll catch the reference if you watch Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham)
- Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya  Comedy/Romance
Another Hollywood similarity, you might recognize the storyline from Just Go With It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. It’s funny, even though the acting is really pretty average. This was when Katrina Kaif first started out in Bollywood and her acting is severely mediocre but it’s still pretty cute.
- Hasee Toh Phasee  Romance/Rom-com
Sidharth Malhotra’s character is in charge of keeping the family lunatic away from his wedding preparations because of how she abruptly left them many years prior. He gets taken on a wild ride with her throughout the movie. Parineeti’s portrayal of this character is insanely satisfying, keeping you laughing and slightly perplexed throughout the entire movie.
- Queen  Drama/Comedy
Rani’s fiance comes back from America a few days before their wedding and tells her he can’t marry her, left in distraught, this small town old fashioned girl decides to go on her honeymoon alone. She slowly comes out of her shell, it’s a beautiful coming of age story but for adults.
- Dil Dhadakne Do  Drama/Romance
There’s nothing like a story about a super-rich dysfunctional family. On a cruise with all their friends and loved ones, the Mehra’s find themselves forced to face the problems they’ve grown accustomed to sweeping under the rug.
- Jodhaa Akbar  Romance/Drama
I am a sucker for stories from past centuries, Bollywood is no exception, this is about two royals from different cultures who are united to bring their people together and ensure peace but this comes with many challenges. Watch how a political alliance became the foundation for an amazing love story.
- Kaal  Thriller/Horror
Bollywood wasn’t known for its diversity in genre’s like it is now. I watched this thriller around the time came out on DVD, when DVDs were your only source of entertainment. The movie itself isn’t a typical Bollywood movie, no breaking out in song after every three scenes or so, just fear. Two couples and the third wheel camping in a national park find themselves encountering something unexplainable. If mysterious deaths and adrenaline are what you’re looking for, this is a movie for you. If you need to pause the trauma every now and then, google the music videos they made separately for this movie.
- Dear Zindagi  Romance/Drama
This is now one of my favorite Bollywood movies right now. Go through this cinematographer’s journey with her as she tackles her mental health and fights the demons from her past and present. Growing up the only thing Bollywood focused on was lust, dysfunctional families or infidelity. Certain things seemed taboo in the industry but the world is evolving and I’m glad that this industry chose to keep up with it by tackling things such as mental health, rape, and abuse. This is a must-watch, it’s a well-rounded movie filled with jokes and the occasional tears.
You may have seen the majority of these movies, but movies are meant to be rewatched. Relive your childhood memories with Rohan and Pooja’s You Are My Soniya or the epic bachelorette party Alia and Shahid throw in Shaandaar. Whichever one you watch, I’d love to hear what you think… Post a photo of the movie you’ve chosen to watch & tag me on IG: @itsb_yan_kur