As I said in my little profile there on the right, I really love Bollywood movies. I love the cheesy and sometimes ridiculous plot lines, I love the dumbly long songs about love and heartbreak, I love the unrealistic love at first sight moments, and dramatic hero moments....I love it all!
For anyone who doesn't know, Bollywood is the nickname for the Hindi-language film industry based out of the city of Mumbai, previously called Bombay—hence the nickname Bollywood (Bombay + Hollywood = Bollywood). Though not the only film industry in India, it is by far the largest and most popular worldwide.
Now, Bollywood movies definitely aren't for everyone. They can be very long (Bunty Aur Babli is nearly 3 hours long!), there are countless (and long) musical numbers and highly exaggerated dramatic moments, and the plots are sometimes repetitive. BUT many of them are also amazing works of art; the poetry and choreography of the songs and dances are incredible, the plots don't limit themselves to a single genre, the stories are often bold and unique, and the color and culture are truly beautiful!!
My interest in Indian culture started when I was growing up in Albuquerque and had two different babysitters from India, but my love for Bollywood began after my cousin told me about a Bollywood movie she watched and showed me her favorite Bollywood song clip . The song Kajra Re, from the film Bunty Aur Babli, is a silly love song featuring 3 of Bollywood's most well-known actors of the time: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, and Amitabh Bachchan.
I had forgotten what the song was called and never knew what movie it was from, so I set out on a journey to find it again. By the time I finally found this movie and song again, I had watched as many Bollywood movies as I had time for—which is important seeing as they are each at least 2 hours long—and I was officially hooked! My faves are probably Bunty Aur Babli and Chennai Express.
My goal throughout this quarantine time is to watch Bollywood movies that I’ve never seen before (because I usually end up watching the same ones over and over again) as well as other Indian films in languages other than Hindi. I will very likely, at some point in my blog, make a list of all the Indian movies I watch during these weeks, so stay tuned everyone.
Peace and Love,
Sarena Gray (she/her)
Sarena is a Diné (Navajo) woman with a passion for good food, natural curly hair, cheesy Bollywood movies, and Indigenous and LGBTQIA2S+ issues. You will usually find her crafting, scrolling through Instagram, and watching the same movie/TV show for the 100th time.