Namastey London-not Katrina's first hit but the first movie where she got a halfway interesting role-might be worth a shot, if you think sis-in-law would tolerate the rather cartoony British characters. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi seems like an obvious choice for someone who liked OSO and BBB; I know I watched it around the same time as OSO and felt like SRK's work in both movies appealed to me at a similar level.
My personal list of "pusher" films: --the 3 South Indian films I feel can be shown to almost anyone: Kandukondain, Minsara Kanavu, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana
--The western-made films with desi stars/desi settings that seemed to work for the MCF and/or the non-Bollyviewers: Last Legion (MCF), Slumdog Millionaire (NBVs), Bride and Prejudice (all of the above)
--the two films (in addition to the above) I've shown to the two non-Bollyviewers (people who like foreign language films okay but tend to prefer them a little bit arty): English Vinglish, Special 26 (also liked by the MCF and some expatriate desis that the NBVs lent my dvd to)
--Other films that the MCF and I like: Rab Ne Bana di Jodi, Baand Baaja Baarat, Dil Bole Hadippa, Parvarish, Manoranjan, Naseeb, Rowdy Rathore, Arya 2, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Endhiran (mostly the songs and action scenes), Angoor, Roadside Romeo, Swayamvar 1980, Khiladi 786, Manchali, Mere Brother ki Dulhan
Seems to hate Kareena K and not really like Rani (how?!) but liked Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.
My favourites of Katrina's were Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, where you'll get the added bonus of some slick Ranbir dance moves, and Ek Tha Tiger, which was a lot more fun that it should've been.
I'd also suggest Bunty Aur Babli, which was a lot of fun, although you might end up fielding questions about the picturisation for Nache Baliye. And maybe Chashme Baddoor? If your SiL wasn't averse to Ali Zafar in MBKD, she might like him in this.
MOST RECENT - Brahmachari 6; Shootout At Wadala 5; Aurangzeb 5; Chashme Baddoor 6; Eega 7.5; Raanjhanaa 5; Disco Dancer 8*; Ghanchakkar 5; Go Goa Gone 3; Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 8; Bajatey Raho 5; Fukrey 5; Yamla Pagla Deewana 5; Yamla Pagla Deewana II 2.5; Rajdhani Express 1.5; OUATIMD 3.5; Chennai Express 7; D-Day 6
RNBDJ and Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana have worked really well for "pusher" films. Patiala House has worked on people who like sports movies. Aaja Nachle and Dostana are in my go to list, and Kahaani for the foreign film watchers, ( but not really the music item types). Lots of good suggestions already, these are all that come to mind now.
Fan, not film critic. Enjoy everything (to various degrees, sliding scale of fun always useful both for movies, and for life).
Thanks for all your suggestions guys, we watched RNBDJ which she LOVED (8/10) and Namaste London which she reasonably liked with but had issues with (Arjun's character flip, the forced marriage etc. 4/10)
Next on the list is Omkara, Dostana and Bunty aur Babli - wish me luck!
Post by moviemavengal on Apr 28, 2015 14:16:42 GMT
I have not tried yet to sit down with a friend an introduce them to Bollywood*. Which film would you choose as a good "starter" film?
For instance, I would not start with DDLJ, because I love it so much, and if they hated it, that would be awful to sit through.
Recently, I've thought Bang Bang would be good because it is based on a familiar Hollywood movie. The songs are catchy and Hritik is such a good dancer -- plus the dance sequences are pretty much Katrina's fantasies, so they work well in the film.
Queen or Jab We Met are also just such objectively good movies that they would be good intros.
Have you ever done this, and which movie did you choose?
*Wait -- Just remembered I took one non-desi friend to Happy New Year in the theater when I went back to see it again. She was so worried about being PC that she kept whispering "Is it okay to be laughing at this part"? Not sure HNY is the film I would choose again as an intro film!
Anything that's filmi, but not TOO filmi, you know what I mean? Like you want the new viewer to get that special quality that comes with Hindi films, but sometimes it can be a little much for the new viewer.
I always start everyone out with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. It's been foolproof so far. Jab We Met is a good suggestion. People also seem to like 3 Idiots, too.
Honestly, it kinda depends on what the person likes in movies in general. Like my mother loves cheese and romance, so she fell in instant love with RNBDJ. But someone else who would be turned off by RNBDJ would be more of a Rang De Basanti type of person, ya know?
Old is gold, though new is pretty good, too. Filmi music obsessive. Hopeless romantic. Amateur Raj Kapoor scholar. I have a blog; click here to read it.
I think we had a "films to show newbies" thread in the Masala forum, I'll try to find it and ask about getting the two merged.
Kandukondain (2000) was my first desi film, and it tends to be my go-to film to introduce other people to, partly because it's an adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. It's a Tamil film, but a romance/family drama similar to the kind of thing Karan Johar and the Chopras were making around that time, plus he women (Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Pooja Battra) are all people who worked in Bollywood as well, and one of the male leads is the villain in Ashoka, so it's not a bad gateway into Bollywood even though it's Kollywood.
My friend the More Casual Fan has fairly standard "filmi" tastes-likes light-hearted romances and masalas but not too much slapstick or angst. The MCF likes Kandukondain, Bride and Prejudice, and Roadside Romeo (due to being a Disney fan), but didn't get seriously interested in seeing more Bollywood until seeing Parvarish (1979), Manoranjan (1974), Dil Bole Hadippa, Band Baaja Bharat, and Rab Ne Bana de Jodi in fairly rapid succession. Also loves, and is determined to show other people, Rowdy Rathore, although so far I haven't let go of the blu-ray long enough to let that happen.
My other friends the Non-Bollyviewers like their films to be a bit less "filmi". Female NBV likes English Vinglish, Bride and Prejudice, Kandukondain, Minsara Kanavu (another Tamil film from the same director), Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (Telugu romance directed by Prabhudheva), Slumdog Millionaire, Zindagi Na Milega Dobara, and wasn't wild about Special 26 or Holiday. Male NBV likes English Vinglish, Zindagi Na Milega Dobara, Special 26 and Holiday alot, Bride and Prejudice, Slumdog and Kandukondain to a lesser extent, hasn't seen NVND or Minsara Kanavu.
My dad's introduction to Bollywood started with Lagaan. Then he watched Swades, Veer-Zaara, Slum Dog Millionaire and three weeks ago he was quite happy to watch Jab We Met.
My mum's introduction was Bride & Prejudice followed extracts of Hum Tum, Parineeta and DDLJ, Slum Dog Millionaire years later and recently Jab We Met.
My dad loves Lagaan! My mum loves Jab We Met! So I'm happy. My dad's happy to watch Bollywood with me if the storyline is good and I'm happy to fast forward through the songs. He doesn't like musicals. He enjoyed the Stage Show We Will Rock You! but that's all. My mum has too be forced each time into watching one.
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