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Are you disgusted or bored by the everyday Bollywood movies, depicting larger than life heroes, mushy love stories or underworld mafias you cannot relate to? Are you annoyed by the dark story-lines, uber-rich characters, pervert show of wealth, unrealistic dream sequences, super heroic actions by the central characters? Are you nostalgic about the Hrishikesh Mukherjee brand of Bollywood? Then here is a list of new(ish) movies you can watch on Youtube this weekend. These are relatable movies about the life of a common men. There are no over-the-top dream scenes or unnatural car chases, most of these movies will make you think of someone you know from the different walks of your everyday life..
- Piku – the constipated father – doting daughter duo rocked the theatres in this road trip movie. Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone strike up a wonderful balance with their, respectively, over-dramatic and understated performances. Irrfan Khan, with his usual uber-cool attitude, makes the movie a must watch.
- The Lunchbox – it’s Irrfan again. Along with co-stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur, Irrfan weaves a wonderful tale of sublime love. The warmth and the silence blend perfectly to create a mesmerizing effect. Special mention: The Dabbawalas of Mumbai play as the backdrop of this movie; in reality too, they are an integral part of Mumbai lives.
- Bombay Talkies – the movie has four sub-plots, each of them describing how Bollywood influences the common man in reality. Directed by the likes of Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar, the movie is a nice watch for all. Bonus: Amit Trivedi’s music, need I say more?
- Dum Laga Ke Haisha – who would have thought that an overweight girl can also be cast as the lead character in a mainstream Bollywood movie? School dropout Ayushmann Khurrana reluctantly marries overweight, educated Bhumi Pednekar and cannot be more unhappy about this. While the ending is a bit dramatic, it is definitely heart-warming. The song Moh Moh ke Dhaage, by Monali Thakur, needs a special mention for its simple, lingering melody.
- Raincoat – Rituparno Ghosh’s lyrical adaptation of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, starring Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai, including poetic commentary by none other than Gulzar remains one of my all time favorites.
- Dhobi Ghat – this Amir Khan starrer is probably not considered as a mainstream movie. But if you are in a mood to watch a melancholy poetic narration with Mumbai as backdrop, you should watch this movie.
- English Vinglish – it’s just not about speaking English fluently, it’s more about how homemakers are treated in many Indian households even today. With a box office collection of whopping ₹ 120 crores, this Sridevi starrer is definitely a good watch.
- Bumm Bumm Bole – Priyadarshan’s adaptation of the 1997 Majid Majidi film, Children of Heaven. The cute little sibling duo, Darsheel and Ziyah, will keep you engrossed with their search for a pair of shoes. A nice, refreshing watch, that leaves behind a sweet aftertaste.
- Blue Umbrella – Vishal Bhardwaj’s depiction of the Ruskin Bond novel. Set in a small village of Himachal Pradesh, this movie seems to talk about a different era of simpler lives and simpler times.
- Stanley Ka Dabba – Amole Gupte’s critically acclaimed low budget movie about the orphan boy leaves you with an honest and long lasting sweetness.
Special note: None of the movies mentioned above are fast-paced or dramatic, but most of them have a running time of around 2 hours. Expect them to be slow paced and yet engaging, perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon watch.
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