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Hadippa! Bollywood comes to Bangkok
Seven days, seven Indian films. Worth seeing? Our Mumbai editor tells us
Only a week has passed and we’re already getting ready for the latest Bangkok cinema showcase -- the Bollywood Film Festival. This seven-day event opens Friday Oct 9, giving fans of the famed Mumbai industry seven recent films to check out.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
This 16th century love story follows the romance between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.
Guddu and Charlie are twin brothers, born and raised in Mumbai's Dharavi slum. They're nothing alike, though they both dream of leaving the slum for a life of prosperity.
Om Shanti Om (2007)
Om, an aspiring actor, is murdered in the 1970s but is reincarnated into a new life in the present. He tries to investigate his murder and find Shanti, the love of his previous life.
Rock On (2008)
Four members of a Mumbai-based grunge band reunite to relive their glory days as rockers.
New York (2009)
This drama follows Omar, an Indian arrested on charges of terrorism in New York City.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
A depressed middle-aged man regains his zest for life thanks to the love of an energetic young girl.
Luck By Chance (2009)
A struggling actor from New Delhi heads to Mumbai in search of Bollywood stardom.
Admittedly, I’ve only watched a handful of Bollywood films in my entire life. So I thought I’d better check with CNNGo Mumbai editor Sita Wadhwani to see if this line-up is worth the trip to the Major Eckamai cinema, where all seven will be screened.
“This is a good list,” she says. “I'd say these are a solid cross section of the most popular and the most creative, innovative Bollywood films of the last three years. 'Rock On,' 'Luck By Chance' and 'Kaminey' would be my top three films of this year. I think they are moving Bollywood in directions beyond song and dance and threadbare narrative clichés."
For the complete schedule of Bollywood Film Festival screenings, check out Bollywoodthai.com.