Not a lot of people watch Bollywood films in the PH—understandable since we didn't really have access to them before—but there are now streaming sites where you can watch them. If you ever come across one (especially musical rom-coms), here's why you definitely shouldn't skip it:
They're mostly two to three hours long.
They're so long that there are always intermissions in between, just like theater productions. "Wait a minute," you think, "Isn't that a bad thing? How can I possibly sit still for three whole hours?" But when you come to think of it, that amount of screen time gives you the chance to get really invested in the story. Plus, you get to know more about the characters!
Film Reco: PK isn't exactly a romance film, but it does involve a love angle aside from being a political satire. It tells the story of an innocent alien and his journey and the woman who accompanies him. PK is one of the highest-grossing Indian films worldwide.
There's music—lots of it!
Bollywood films ALWAYS involve music. Most are musicals where the characters randomly break into song and dance in the middle of the street. Each one has its own specific soundtrack and all the characters sing and dance at some point.
Film Reco: In Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, soft-spoken Jai and his best friend Aditi couldn't be more different, but their family and friends know that they're perfect for each other. Here's one of the musical numbers from the film:
The production value is just... amazing.
Bollywood films (at least the ones I've seen) don't skimp on costumes and locations and they take you to the best sites in India! Everything's so colorful (especially wedding scenes) and you really get to appreciate the country's traditions, clothes, and culture.
Film Reco: Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, a very ~millennial~ film, tells the love story of Bunny and Naina who meet when they graduate from college and again in their late 20s.
There's SO. MUCH. DRAMA.
Aside from the usual star-crossed lovers trope, there's intense family drama, a lot of tasteful crying, and over-the-top circumstances such as secret adoptions, getting left behind by trains, and unexpectedly running into someone you know in foreign countries.
Film Reco: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a romance film and a family drama combined. Businessman Yash and his wife Nandini love their sons, but Yash disowns his adopted son, Rahul, after he marries a woman of lower social standing. Check out this intense helicopter entrance!
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