Our India is incredible with the masalas, the enigma, the natural beauty and the diversity. Indians have migrated and become a part of other cultures. No wonder it makes for a great premise for countless movies in Bollywood as well Hollywood. Here we have chosen seven popular movies about India that you must watch, if you haven’t already.
The Namesake (2006)
A Bengali couple, played beautifully by Irrfan and Tabu, move to America. Their children Gogol (Kal Penn) and Sonia struggle to find themselves between the American lives and the Indian values. The story revolves around Gogol’s indifference to his cultural background and his transition into appreciating his culture through trying circumstances.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman play three brothers who embark on a journey to find their mother after their father’s death. Their mother stays up on the mountains in Darjeeling. Filled with funny anecdotes like a shoe scam, it shows the side of India in a lighter vein.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
As the name suggests, this Danny Boyle drama delves into the begging mafia in Mumbai. IT shows Mumbai’s underbelly and yet triumph of the protagonist on some level. The music is by AR Rahman and the film has bagged many awards.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Set in the gorgeous Jaipur and Goa, this film is about a young Indian boy who works at the best, exotic Marigold Hotel that houses English couples. He also has his own love story to attend to. It’s a cute film and makes for a great light viewing.
Life of Pi (2012)
In a surreal setting, the protagonist (younger version is played by Dev Patel while the older version is played by Irrfan) tells his story through his experiences. The metaphorical narrative makes for a great watch as it will definitely spark discussions because the film leaves a lot to your interpretation.
An Indian child is lost in a train and ends up at an orphanage as there is no way to help him. He is later adopted by an Australian family. However, when he grows up, he feels the need to look his family up to meet them. Thus he sets off on a journey to discover himself and where he’s come from.