The World of Bollywood and Why You Should Get Into It

By: Carlota Montás, 9th Grade

What is Bollywood? 

Bollywood is the Hindi-language sector of the Indian film industry. The epicenter of Bollywood is in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The term Bollywood is a riff on Hollywood and Bombay. Bollywood style is defined by expressive visuals and elaborate song and dance routines. But over the years, Bollywood has become an industry with diverse stories with global appeal. 

Why should you get into it? 

Nowadays, a certain amount of movies are filled with negative messages and anti-values, including envy, jealousy, hate, crime, violence, killings, drug or alcohol use, and many more. These types of movies don’t provide anything good to the people watching them, and the audience only gets anguish while watching these films. Now, Indian movies are films filled with positive and important messages with good values, including family love, connection, honesty, trust, empathy, positivity, and optimism. I don’t think that you should stop liking your favorite movie just because it has a certain anti-value, but in my perspective, people should watch more movies that are filled with happiness because if you watch something that is too disturbing, you will only be programming yourself with negativity. While watching these Indian films, you get to

know about their cultures, art, history of places and its people, their aspirations, and many more. Below, you can find some Indian Movie recommendations. 

Recommendations

1. The Sky Is Pink 

Based on the life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary, who died in 2015 when she was 18. Aisha tells the love story of her parents over a period of 25 years. 

  • Genres: Drama/Romance
  • Rating: 10/10 

2. Like Stars On Earth (Taare Zameen par) 

Ishaan is criticized by his parents for his poor academic performance and is sent away to a boarding school. Ram, an art teacher, however, realizes he has dyslexia and helps him uncover his potential. 

  • Genres: Drama/Family
  • Rating: 10/10 

3. Dear Zindagi 

After a series of career and relationship downturns, Kaira begins suffering from insomnia. She contacts Dr. Jehangir Khan, a psychologist, who uses unconventional methods to treat her. 

  • Genres: Romance/Drama 
  • Rating: 9/10 

4. Dil Dhadakne Do 

On the occasion of their 30th anniversary, Kamal and Neelam invite their family and friends on a cruise. However, on the journey, they learn many life lessons and change for the better. 

  • Genres: Romance/Drama 
  • Rating: 9/10 

5. Lion 

Saroo gets separated from his family at the age of five and ends up being adopted by an Australian couple. However, he returns to India 25 years later to search for his birth parents. 

  • Genre: Drama 
  • Rating: 9/10 

6. Love Aaj Kal 

Two couples, separated by time, deal with society, familial pressure, internal dilemmas of prioritizing career or love, and the ever-changing dynamics of relationships.

  • Genres: Romance/Drama 
  • Rating: 9/10 

7. Kapoor & Sons 

Brothers Arjun and Rahul return home to visit their ailing grandfather. Amidst numerous ongoing family problems, emotions get intensified when a girl causes a rift between the two. 

  • Genres: Drama/Romance 
  • Rating: 9.5/10 

8. Khoobsurat 

Milli, a quirky physiotherapist, works for a royal family, but their cold behavior troubles her. Soon, she discovers more about them and falls for the young prince who is engaged to someone else. 

  • Genre: Romance 
  • Rating: 8.5/10

All movies are found on Netflix and are 13+ (PG 13).

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