Saturday, August 29, 2015

100 Things I Love About Bollywood

As I conclude this special week of Bollywood appreciation, I hope you've enjoyed reading the articles as much I enjoyed writing them. Indeed, thinking about all the awesomeness of Hindi cinema brought back so many good memories from all the films I've seen. So I hope you're ready for more, because I'm about to unleash a listapalooza with 100 Things I Love About Bollywood:

Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta in "Veer-Zaara"
Top 10 Films
1. Salaam Bombay!
2. Taare Zameen Par
3. Earth
4. Rang De Basanti
5. Luck By Chance
6. 3 Idiots
7. Swades
8. Mother India
9. Dostana
10. Veer-Zaara

Top 10 Directors
Mira Nair

1. Mira Nair
2. Deepa Mehta
3. Zoya Akhtar
4. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
5. Rajkumar Hirani
6. Ashutosh Gowariker
7. Yash Chopra
8. Sanjay Leela Bhansali
9. Aditya Chopra
10. Vikramaditya Motwane

Saif Ali Khan
Top 10 Actors
1. Aamir Khan
2. Saif Ali Khan
3. Shahrukh Khan
4. Irrfan Khan
5. Hrithik Roshan
6. Akshaye Khanna
7. Amitabh Bachchan
8. Abhishek Bachchan
9. Sharman Joshi
10. Ajay Devgn

Nandita Das

Top 10 Actresses
1. Nandita Das
2. Madhuri Dixit
3. Kareena Kapoor
4. Aishwarya Rai
5. Kajol
6. Priyanka Chopra
7. Vidya Balan
8. Nargis
9. Tabu
10. Kiron Kher

Madhuri Dixit in Devdas
Top 10 Performances:
1. Aamir Khan in Lagaan
2. Madhuri Dixit in Devdas
3. Shahrukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
4. Aishwarya Rai in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
5. Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met
6. Nandita Das in Earth
7. Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom: 2
8. Priyanka Chopra in Barfi
9. Aamir Khan in 3 Idiots
10. Nargis in Mother India

Top 10 Soundtracks
Lagaan soundtrack

1. Lagaan
2. Kal Ho Naa Ho
3. Devdas
4. Mother India
5. Jab We Met
6. Veer-Zaara
7. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
8. Parineeta
9. Dil Chahta Hai
10. Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na

Top 10 Songs
Abhishek, Priyanka and John performing "Desi Girl"

1. Chaiyya Chaiyya
2. Desi Girl
3. Soni De Nakhre
4. Pappu Can't Dance
5. Kal Ho Naa Ho
6. Tujhe Dekha To
7. Maar Dala
8. Mauja Hi Mauja
9. Dhoom Tana
10. Maa

30 Other Things I Love:
  1. Masala films.
  2. Item numbers.
  3. Shahrukh Khan's quivering cry face.
  4. Preity Zinta's dimples.
  5. Rani Mukerji's eyes.
  6. Drunk Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
  7. Devdas' art direction.
  8. Devdas' choreography.
  9. Lootera's cinematography.
  10. A. R. Rahman.
  11. Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy.
  12. The "travel porn" scenery in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
  13. Shahruk and Kajol's chemistry.
  14. Ranveer and Deepika's chemistry.
  15. Intermissions.
  16. The way the camera adores Aishwarya Rai's face.
  17. The ridiculous Tattad Tattad dance in "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela".
  18. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "more is more" filmmaking philosophy.
  19. The climactic mad dash to catch your one true love.
  20. Gorgeous costumes.
  21. The hilariously candid interviews on "Koffee with Karan".
  22. Kick-ass female directors.
  23. The sexiness of "Dhoom 2".
  24. On the nose song lyrics and film titles.
  25. The high-pitched singing style.
  26. Madhuri Dixit's dancing.
  27. Hrithik Roshan's dancing.
  28. Eros Now.
  29. The sound of a good dhol beat.
  30. Themes of national pride.


  1. Yes yes YES to all of this! Although tears for Devdas not being on your Top Ten Films

    I would add that I love the equal opportunity exploitation (I wish Hollywood would take the cue) and how they out-Luhrmann Baz Luhrmann on a regular basis. And the ridiculously long film titles.

    THANK YOU for this week! I now have more Bollywood titles to seek out, and I can't wait to watch them when I have a free day LOL.

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