Less stuff added than last month I think, but more good stuff added. (Accessbollywood.net does the real work of keeping this list updated, you should definitely absolutely subscribe to them for your day to day updates.)
Yay, new Hindi stuff!!!! A Flying Jatt, which I am kicking myself for not seeing was there while I was visiting my sister, because it would have been a great movie to watch with her. And Dil Maange More, which I have already seen with my sister many times because it is great goofy fun. Really, that’s the headline for this month, “New Great Goofy Fun Movies!”
I’ve done my best to give a little information about each film. The more interesting films are marked as either COULD WATCH, SHOULD WATCH, or MUST WATCH. And look for the films flagged as RECENTLY ADDED if you just want to see the updates to the list.
(the titles with links will take you through to my review of the film)
All Bollywood Movies Currently Streaming on Netflix
- 1000 Rupee note (2014) Marathi
Well, it’s a Marathi slice of life film about the common people. You know in your heart whether or not this is something you will enjoy.
- 30 Days in September (2017)
I was just talking about this in my Hindi Film 101! This is a movie about 1984, heavily censored and barely managed to be released, with no big talents willing to touch it. Mostly interesting for it’s very existence, but not worth watching.
- 6-5=2 (2014) Kannada RECENTLY ADDED
Found footage horror movie. If that is your kind of thing, this one looks pretty decent. Plus, cool that Netflix is adding more Kannada stuff!
- 99 (2009)
Watch if you want to see real life couple Soha Ali Khan and hot Kunal Khemu onscreen together. Otherwise, it was a forgettable movie about betting scandals.
- 1920 London (2016)
Modest budget horror film. If you’ve ever been curious about Indian horror, this is a painless way of checking it out.
- Aakhri Adaalat (1988) COULD WATCH
My goodness, you have to admire the work ethic of the 80s industry! 4 months after Shahenshah came out, and the first ripoff appears! Only the heroine is Dimple Kapadia instead of whoever it was in Shahenshah, so that’s an advantage. Plus Jackie and Vinod.
- Aankhen (2002)
Heist movie, mostly interesting for the incredibly early 2000s cast. Sushmita Sen, Akshay, Amitabh, Arjun Rampal. Like a little time machine of back when Akshay was down and Sush and Arjun were on their way up.
- Aarakshan (2011)
Movie about the “reservation” system (India’s version of affirmative action), with a reliably good performance from Amitabh, but a pretty superficial take on the issue.
- Aashayein (2010)
Sad soaper with John Abraham and a kind of western style plot about cancer. But Farida Jalal sounds like she has a good role in it, so that’s something.
- Aashik Awara (1993)
Very very early Saif Ali Khan, co-starring with his mother Sharmila! And also, Mamta Kulkarni, future drug smuggler. It’s your standard young-lovers-caught-up-in-past-secrets kind of plot. Worth it for the curiosity factor of seeing an early Saif opposite Sharmila.
- Ab Tak Chhappan (2004) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Very odd that the sequel was available before the original. Oh well, they are both here now! Kind of a sleeper hit type, a police story with Nana Patakar as the lead, so more neorealist kind of thing than Dabangg kind of thing.
- Ab Tak Chhappan 2 (2015)
If you are curious what happened to that cute short woman from Chak De, India, you can watch this. Plus, Nana Patakar is always good. But otherwise, don’t bother
- Abby Sen (2015) Bengali
Huh. Time travel in order to make a social statement. That somehow seems very Bengali. And also a little Tamil. Anyway, Raima Sen! She’s nice.
- Airlift (2016) COULD WATCH
Legitimately great movie. If you want to see a well-made film about life in a war zone, this is it.
- Aisa Yeh Jahaan (2015)
“Green” film in message and making, advertised as having a “carbon neutral” production process, and is all about the lack of trees in Bombay as seen through a small child’s eyes.
- Aiyyaa (2012) MUST WATCH
A brilliant female fantasy film, with an amazing lead performance, and an incredibly fun vibe. Be warned, there is a comedy track that is off-putting and very odd. I recommend fastforwarding through it as much as possible. But the other 75% of the film is golden. Also, for Malayalis, Prithviraj’s Hindi debut!
- Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) SHOULD WATCH
This is a fascinating movie! Made by the same director as Andaz Apna Apna, and not as great as that. But with that amazing heritage. Plus the film where Ranbir and Kat (maybe) fell in love. And Ranbir’s only successful straight comedy. This is a SHOULD WATCH not just for you, but for me too. Because I still haven’t seen it and I really should before Jagga Jasoos comes out.
- Akira, aka “Naam Hai Akira” (2016) COULD WATCH
I liked it! Good directing, good central performance, interesting script. And Amit Sadh, my new crush!
- Amal (2007)
Canadian film set in Delhi, does not really belong on this list.
- Amrapali (1966) COULD WATCH
This looks fascinating! Based on a supposedly true story of a beautiful courtesan who converted to Buddhism. Costumes, Vyjantimala dancing up a storm, young hot Sunil Dutt, there is nothing wrong here!
- Amu (2005)
Konkona Sen Sharma! Woot-woot! Otherwise, doesn’t really belong here, it’s an American made English language film that happens to be set in India.
- Anarkaali of Aarah (2017) COULD WATCH
Yet another strong female lead film with an anti-violence/harrassment message. And starring Swara Bhaskar! Who is WONDERFUL! But, be prepared for something a lot darker than the brightly colored poster promises.
- Andaz Apna Apna (1994) MUST WATCH
Indian film’s greatest comedy, tied with Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Must watch multiple times to fully appreciate!!! Do not expect to enjoy it on watch one like you do on watch 4.
- Ankhon Dekhi (2014)
Arty film, directed by Rajat Kapoor who was the Bad Husband in Kapoor & Sons. High concept, an old man decides from now on he will believe only what he sees, life lessons and whimsy ensue.
- Ankur Arora Murder Case (2013)
Interesting looking, a film about medical negligance, based on real life incidents. Most importantly, written by Vikram Bhatt, who directed Ghulam and dozens of other films.
- Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)
Eh. Another film that’s half Indian style and half artsy. Really interesting cast though, and gives you a chance to see these actresses in bigger roles than they would usually be offered.
- Apartment: Rent at Your Own Risk (2010)
Low budget horror film (as you could probably tell from the title). Biggest star is Anupum Kher.
- Atoni Takhon (2017) Bengali
Intercaste love story from Calcutta. No doubt very thought provoking and wellmade and so on. But not even successful enough to have a wikipedia entry, which makes me dubious.
- Asoka (2001) COULD WATCH
Shahrukh’s failed historic epic. MUST WATCH FOR SRK FANS. For others, it’s a COULD WATCH. It isn’t quite as epic looking as it could be, and the plot is a big confused. But the performances are good and it teaches you about Indian history painlessly.
- Autohead (2016)
Another one of those films set in India which is really more of an American indie film in style. But it looks like an interesting thriller mockumentary type thing, if you are in the mood for that.
- Azhar (2016)
Terrible terrible movie. Terrible terrible. Nargis Fakhri is a blackhole of charismalessness, and they put so much make-up on Emraan he stopped being hot. Also, it’s just bad.
- B.A. Pass (2013)
High concept scary thriller.
- Baadshaho (2017)
Came to Netflix SO FAST!!! That’s the most interesting thing about it. Otherwise it’s a bunch of heroes playing younger than they are in real life, and a director who did the whole thing better a few years back. Really, just watch Once Upon a Time in Mumbai instead, the same creative team and much much better.
- Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam
The only missing language is Telugu. Presumably because Arka retained those rights, and hopefully so that they can release an elaborate Blu-ray with deleted scenes. And, obviously, MUST WATCH.
- Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017) Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam MUST WATCH
Once again, no Telugu. And once again, MUST WATCH
- Baabul (2006) COULD WATCH
Glossy Salman Khan-Rani Mukherjee-John Abraham-Amitabh Bachchan-Hema Malini movie. Good songs, great costumes, decent plot and performances.
- Baghban (2003) SHOULD WATCH
Has a slow start, but turns into a real tear jerker. And the rare film that lets older actresses be the romantic leads.
- Bandie (1978) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Uttam Kumar, heartthrob of Bengali cinema, in one of his few Hindi films. Plus Bindu!!!! How can you resist? Oh, and it looks like a 70s version of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in terms of plot.
- Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap (2011)
An odd film. I saw it in theaters out of curiosity from the cast, and it did not live up to expectations. Amitabh and Hema Malini play a romantic couple, with Raveena Tandon as the other woman and Prakash Raj as the villain. Unfortunately, too much screentime is spent on the comparatively boring young people, Sonu Sood and Sonal Chauhan. In general, it just doesn’t quite gel. Puri Jaganaddh’s only Hindi film, and his live action comic book Telugu style doesn’t quite work in Hindi. But you can always try it for the curiosity factor.
- Besharam (2013)
Similar to Bombay Velvet (below), this is also a Ranbir Kapoor movie that makes me want to gauge my eyes out and slit my wrists rather than continuing to watch. It is the only film to feature Ranbir with his mother and father, but even that is not enough to save it from being the epitome of suck.
- Beiimaan Love (2016) RECENTLY ADDED
Terrible movie. But, if you want to see Sunny Leone opposite her real life husband Daniel Weber, this is your only chance! Also, the music isn’t bad.
- Beja Fry 2 (2011)
So-so low budget comedy. Not a sex comedy for once, but also not necessarily a good comedy.
- Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
Much much lesser remake of Manichitrathazhu. But with a really great title song. Just go to 2 minutes, 30 seconds from the end, and watch that. Also, WARNING! This is a Shiney Ahuja movie, which if you are like me, means you will get nauseated every time he touches a woman.
- Bhoothnath (2008) COULD WATCH
A good movie to watch with kids, might be a little slow and repetitive for adults. But very cute Amitabh performance, cute Juhi performance, and sort of cute SRK performance.
- Big Brother (2007)
Remake of Bhaasha. Watch Baashha instead. Although Sunny Deol=Rajnikanth is pretty close!
- Bittoo Boss (2012)
Low budget comedy, could be cute, could be dull
- Black Friday (2004)
Serious Drama. Anurag Kashyap’s big break, if you are interested in that. Otherwise, very depressing movie about terrorism.
- Blood Money (2012)
Just, no. Kunal Khemu is cute, but not enough to save this.
- Bodyguard (2011) COULD WATCH
The movie that helped turn Salman back into the biggest of the Khans. Silly plot, great songs and action scenes.
- Bombay Talkies (2013) MUST WATCH
Really great collection of 4 short films in honor of the 100 year anniversary of Indian film. Plus two bonus song sequences, a tribute to Amitabh and a massive every-star-ever-joint-song. But what makes it a MUST WATCH for me is the Karan Johar section, which reveals both his realistic filmmaking abilities and his burning anger at Indian society. His is the first section, really, MUST WATCH.
- Boss (2013) COULD WATCH
Silly Akshay Kumar comedy. If you like Akshay, it might be worth watching, high production values and so on. But not his greatest.
- Brahman Naman (2016)
Not really an Indian-Indian movie, but if you feel like seeing a sex comedy that is also kind of realistic for being a nerdy horny Indian boy.
- Budia Singh: Born to Run (2016)
Artsy movie, not your standard songs-love story-crazy stunts thing. If you are in the mood for that.
- Calendar Girls (2015)
Another Madhur Bhadankar movie about a group of beautiful glamorous women and all the struggles they face. Watch Page 3 instead.
- Chaahat (1996) COULD WATCH
Silly young SRK romance, good cast, good directing, workmanlike. Also, has the Queen Mother from Bahubaali in a completely different kind of role. COULD WATCH
- Chadi Jawani Budhe Nu (1976) Punjabi
1970s sex farce comedy from the Punjab. I truly have no idea what this will be like! But, generally speaking, comedy does not translate well, which makes me nervous.
- Chamatkar (1992) COULD WATCH
Very fun film, based on the Disney movie Bluebeard’s Ghost. Naseeruddin Shah as a the ghost of a gangster, Shahrukh as a young innocent he helps, plus an aging Shammi Kapoor chewing scenario, and a young Urmila Matondkar being delightful.
- Chandni Bar (2001) COULD WATCH
Groundbreaking art film from the early 2000s, great performance by Tabu.
- Chashme Baddoor (2013)
A travesty, took one of the great human comedies of Indian film and turned it into a sex farce. You shouldn’t watch it ever in protest of its very existence.
- Chauranga (2014)
Art movie about cast. Another one of those that is only Indian in setting and artists, not in style.
- Chadi Jawani Budhe Nu (1976) Punjabi
Huh. A Punjabi sex farce from the 1970s. Why? Why would Netflix want this? I sure don’t!
- Chauthi Koot (2015) Punjabi
Okay, this one makes sense. Artsy, was at Cannes, and also about 1984. Perfect for Netflix, well made and slightly controversial.
- Chittagong (2012) COULD WATCH
Historical drama about a forgotten rebellion of the Quit India movement. Well made, good performances, COULD WATCH.
- Chocolate (2016) Bengali
Comedy about a conman and a missing jewel and that kind of thing. Sadly, not Dark Chocolate, another Bengali film, but about the Indrani Mukherjee murder case, which is a plot made for a movie.
- Coffee With D (2017) RECENTLY ADDED
Humorous film of the Tere Bin Laden type about a reporter trying to interview a reclusive Don. They are too cowardly to actual call the Don “Dawood Ibrahim”, so instead they are cheeky and pretend it is someone else that goes by “D” (Dawood’s gang of course was “D-Company”, so we all know what they are getting at). Stars a bunch of people who have been in various stuff but never starred. You probably don’t need to watch it.
- Colkatay Columbus (2016) Bengali
Well this is an odd movie! A bunch of young people in Calcutta start getting visions of Christopher Columbus and asking advice from him. Huh.
- Corporate (2006) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Corporate intrigue and sexiness, blah blah. Might be worth watching for Bips playing a corporate warrior turned angry fighter for justice, and Kay Kay Menon (of ALL PEOPLE!) playing the man who seduces her.
- Dangal (2016) COULD WATCH
A very very well-made movie. With moments of brilliance. But not brilliant straight through. But also no bad moments. I don’t know, I am torn. I think I will land on COULD WATCH
- Darna Zaroori Hai (2006) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Compilation horror film with a great cast, all the way up to Amitabh Bachchan. And legit directors, the finest of them being Ram Gopal Verma (I have issues with the man, but he does do good horror). If you only want to watch one Netflix Indian horror film, this is the one.
- Darra (2016) Punjabi
Punjabi film is in the middle of a bit of a renaissance, which normally would make me curious about a recent film. However, this one barely has a track on the internet, only has one song (and part of what is so great about the recent Punjabi films is their singer-stars), and I don’t recognize any of the cast.
- Dear Zindagi (2016) MUST WATCH
Great script, great cast, Shahrukh at his hottest.
- A Decent Arrangement
Another Western-style art film. But with Shabana Azmi!
- Dedh Ishqiya (2014) COULD WATCH
The semi-sequel to Ishqiya. Less groundbreaking, because it’s a sequel, but still good. And with Madhuri playing an elegant older woman who might be a lesbian. Oh right, LESBIAN ALERT. Worth watching if you are into all of that.
- Deewar (2004)
Not the good one! The other one. Amitabh is a POW in Pakistan, Akshaye Khanna (Akshaye!) is his son who wants to rescue him. Sanjay Dutt is the guy who sets his hand on fire. Worth watching for the hand-fire scene, and a cute song with Akshaye and Amrita Rao, but otherwise not really.
- Deha (2007) RECENTLY ADDED
Amrita Arora is in it, in case you feel the need to see Mallika Arora’s sister acting. And Dino Morea is there briefly too, no doubt being pretty. But otherwise it looks like your standard marriage drama film with a not so great cast.
- Dhanak (2015) MUST WATCH
The winner of my Best Film of 2016 award.
- Dharam Sankat Mein (2015)
Comedy with no stars and a high concept. Got mixed reviews. Might be worth trying, but if you don’t like it after ten minutes, turn it off.
- Dil Maange More (2004) RECENTLY ADDED MUST WATCH
I love this movie soooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!! And it’s terrible. Okay, not terrible, but not great. Kind of stupid. But cute. Picture a golden retreiver puppy. Shahid Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan in her film debut, also Ayesha Takia back when she was a thing, a title taken from the a Pepsi slogan, and criminally catchy songs. You see why it’s a MUST WATCH, right?
- Dilwale (2015) COULD WATCH
Not a great movie. But very enjoyable if you leave the room or fastforward through the slow bits.
- The Dirty Picture (2011) SHOULD WATCH
Another one I feel guilty about! Still haven’t seen it. It’s a combination of fun songs and frivolousness with a kind of real message about the price women pay for owning their sexuality.
- Drishyam (2015) COULD WATCH
Great script, lifted from Malayalam film of the same name (my review here). I have some problems with the presentation of women in it, but if you are looking for a twisty clever plot, this is the one.
- Dukhtar (2014) Pakistani
Huh. About a woman and her young daughter running away from an arranged marriage, written and directed by a woman, given wide release in Pakistan and made their official Oscar entry. I’m still not terribly interested in seeing it, but I find the fact of its existance interesting.
- Dus (2005) COULD WATCH
Super fun action film from early 2005. All time great Vishal-Shekhar soundtrack, fun Shilpa Shetty and Sanjay Dutt performances, super good Abhishek Bachchan performance, great Zayed Khan-Dia Mirza chemistry.
- Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983)
Oo oo! Rajiv Kapoor! The mysterious youngest Kapoor brother! This is his very first film, and the family pulled out the stops, Shammi, Pran, and Tanuja all showed up for support. Not that it made a difference, the film didn’t run well and neither did Rajiv’s career.
- Elaan COULD WATCH
Not a very notable old film, but one of a few 1970s option currently on streaming.
- English Babu Desi Mem (1996) COULD WATCH
Not a good early SRK film, plot lifted from a Rishi Kapoor movie (Zamane Ko Dikhane Hai). Some good songs, a ridiculously over the top ending sequence, Shahrukh has a mustache for a bit, but generally more confusing and dull than fun.
- Filmistaan (2012) COULD WATCH
Interesting and aware comedy about film and South Asia. Not as good as Tere Bin Laden, but that’s not available any more, so you might as well watch this.
- Film Star (2005) COULD WATCH
Direct by Tanuja Chandra, who is cool. She directed Dushman and is Anupama Chopra’s sister. Also, Priyanshu Chatterjee is in it. So if you are in that small subset of humanity that would watch paint drying if it featured Priyanshu Chatterjee, here this is. Oh, and Mahima Choudry is there too.
Really good, really searing film. Watch if you want to get really upset.
- A Flying Jatt (2016) COULD WATCH
I almost said “must watch”. Really, it’s great fun! My third favorite of the Hindi superhero genre. Mr. India, then Ra.One, then this. And then, a long long long drop down, the Krrish films.
- Force 2 (2016) COULD WATCH
Not a good movie. Decent action scenes and John Abraham performance, otherwise not worth it.
- Gabbar is Back (2015) COULD WATCH
I may be biased towards this film just because it was the first movie I drove out to see after I got my car. But it really is a kind of fun Akshay action film. Not great art, no deep thoughts, but moves along at a nice pace with a lot of fun action scenes. Be warned, the heroine is truly terrible. But luckily she isn’t in many scenes.
- Gandu (2011) Bengali
Bengali, black and white, with an indie rock band soundtrack. Actually sounds like kind of a good and interesting film, but not exactly what I am used to from Indian film.
- Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) COULD WATCH
One of those movies that I am dubious about because of the people who like it. It seems beloved by male critics and male directors, the same ones who love The Godfather and The Dark Knight. And it’s Anurag Kashyap, who I have a bit of a hate-grudgingly respect relationship with.
- Ghayal Once Again (2016)
Not a good movie. Picking up on nostalgia for a superior much earlier film, but with nothing new to say.
- Gollu Aur Pappu (2014)
Solid group of mid-level famous actors, starting with Dimple Kapadia. And yet I have never heard of this film and it got minimal promotion, which makes me thing it is terrible and they were sneaking it in and out of theaters before anyone noticed.
- Golmaal Returns (2008) COULD WATCH
This is the best example of a particular kind of film. If you don’t like this kind of film, Rohit Shetty action comedies starring Ajay Devgn, this is a terrible terrible film. If you do like this kind of film, it’s very entertaining, COULD WATCH. And if you aren’t sure, you might want to at least watch the first 5 minutes and decide. It’s certainly an important genre to at least be aware of, and fairly unique to India. Amazing action set pieces (which Ajay does all himself, as the son of a stuntman), lots of farcical situations, and lots of wordplay.
- Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File (2015) COULD WATCH
Vinay Pathak! Best friend from Rab Ne Bana di Jodi, finally gets his leading role. And you can see husband-wife team Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey. Also, it seems like kind of interesting story, an aging freedom fighter who is fighting for recognition for his heroism from the government.
- Halla Bol (2008) COULD WATCH
If you have to watch one Jessica Lal murder case inspired film starring Vidya Balan, make it No One Killed Jessica. But if you want to watch a second Jessica Lal movie, which digs into the culpability of the film community in social ills and has a good dramatic performance from Ajay Devgn, make it this one.
- Happy New Year (2014) COULD WATCH
Is this better or worse than Dilwale? I think maybe tied. The SRK romance is less good, but the plot and comedy is better. And the songs are great, it is a Farah Khan film after all.
- Haraamkhor (2015)
Thriller type thing with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Worth watching if you like thrillers, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
- Harud (2010) Urdu
Day to day life in Kashmir. Seems to have some good reviews, but not much of an internet presence. And no cast or crew members I recognise. And no songs. Did get a National Award in the Urdu category.
- Hate Story (2012)
Yet another low budget horror film!
- Hate Story 2 (2014)
- Hate Story 3 (2015)
- Heropanti (2014) COULD WATCH
Tiger Shroff’s big break film. And Kriti Sanam’s first Hindi film. Big silly action, good dancing (because Tiger), so-so acting (because Tiger).
- Ho Mann Jahaan (2015) Urdu/Pakistani
This is an interesting one, a young-people-in-the-city comedy/romance, but from and set in Pakistan.
- Holiday (2014) COULD WATCH
Akshay Kumar southern remake. Surprisingly great soundtrack and cute romance with a couple of twists in the plot.
- Home Delivery (2005) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Origin of the Diwali song that will get stuck in your head forever and ever and ever (Haaaapy Diwali). Also, Ayesha Takia and Viviek Oboroi back when they were super cute, Mahima Choudry swanning around being awesome, and Boman Irani in a bad wig. And from the makers of Jhankaar Beats, one of the All Time Great films. And yet, somehow, it never quite gelled. And thus I am keeping it as a “could watch” not a “should watch”.
- Horror Story (2013)
Well, the title says it all.
- Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994)
MUST WATCH!!!! One of the 5 most important films in Hindi cinema. Very slow start, but give it a chance to grow on you and you will learn to love it. Most of all, it is important for showing where the “Family Romance” genre came from in Indian film, and what created the NRI audience.
- Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) COULD WATCH
Follow up to Hum Aapke Hain Koun. A little more over the top and less boring, but a lot less touching.
- Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006) COULD WATCH
Nice romance of the early 2000s. Great Akshay-Katrina chemistry, great Anil Kapoor cameo, great Bipasha Basu song, and unembarrassedly romantic plot.
- Hunterrr (2015)
Mostly notable for the explicit sexy scenes (if you are looking for stuff like that). And for a numerology based title that rivals “Hey Babbyy” in it’s stupidity.
- I, Me, aur Main (2013) COULD WATCH
You can watch it if you really really really like John Abraham.
- I.D. (2012)
Another indie festival type thing.
- Incomplete (2017) Bengali
Interesting film festival style film that I am barely allowing on my list as a regular Indian film because it looks full length and has a romance, so it might be kind of mainstream.
- Inkaar (2013)
If you want to see Arjun Rampal be sexy, I guess you could watch it? But otherwise not much point. It was supposed to be a deep look at sexual harassment, but it managed to be neither deep nor fun. If you really need to see an Indian take on sexual harassment, I recommend Aitraaz, which is terrible, but also super fun.
- Inteqam: The Perfect Game (2003) RECENTLY ADDED
Low budget police thriller. With Isha Koppikar, the other woman from Don, if you feel the need to see her in something else. Oh, and Manoj Bajpai who no doubt elevated the material the way he always does.
- Interrogation/Visaaranai (2015) Tamil
A film that should have been more of an art hit, and turned into a mainstream hit. Plus took a harsh look at the powers of the state and so on. Also, very gritty and violent in some ways, so be warned.
- Ishq Vishk (2003) COULD WATCH
Now this is a really interesting one! Shahid Kapoor’s big break, first of all. A college love triangle of the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai variety, but in a post-American Pie world, so a lot more explicit. Kind of an odd mix of influences.
- Ishqiya (2012) COULD WATCH
Boy, this and Dirty Picture! Someone at Netflix HQ really likes Vidya and Naseerji together. Anyway, a sincerely good and interesting film. One of the earlier Vidya performances that made people sit up and notice her.
- Jab We Met (2007) MUST WATCH
Classic rom-com of the past decade, one of the greatest performances in Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor’s career, classic soundtrack, and launched Imtiaz Ali as an important director. Also, it’s just really really good. Like, you won’t be able to stop smiling for a week good.
- Jal (2013)
Looks like a so-so movie, fantastical plot about water diviners and so on. But great cast! Hot Purab Kohli, talented Kirti Kulhari, and cross-over actress Tannistha Chatterjee, from both arty British films and Indian.
- James (2005) RECENTLY ADDED
Oh RGV! When you are good, you are very very good, but when you are bad, you are horrid. To be fair, RGV didn’t actually direct this himself, but he did produce it, and force his latest “discovery” on the director (you think Harvey Weinstein is gross, I don’t even want to think about what goes on when RGV is casting).
- Janaan (2016) Pakistani COULD WATCH
Really interesting looking plot, a mixture of romance and social commentary in the best tradition of Pakistani pop culture. Definite COULD WATCH.
- Jugni (2016) COULD WATCH
Kind of an interesting mixture of a more art-film sensibility with traditional Indian film narrative techniques.
- Kaabil (2016)
Terrible terrible movie. Don’t watch it. Unless you are a massive Hrithik fan, but even then, probably not.
- Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa (1994) MUST WATCH
Still considered one of Shahrukh’s greatest performances, by himself and everyone else in the industry. A deceptively simple light-hearted plot of teen romance and a band trying to get a big break, but really a sort of interesting discussion of the anti-hero. Also, brilliantly directed by Kundan Shah, his follow up to the all time classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.
- Kaccha Limboo (2011) RECENTLY ADDED
- Kacche Dhaagey (2016) PUNJABI RECENTLY ADDED
Looks very very low budget. I don’t recognize any of the cast, and it barely has a footprint online. Romance, but seems like it might swing wildly between light and heavy in an unpleasant way.
- Kahaani (2012) MUST WATCH
Absolutely brilliant movie. Prepare to pay close attention and be on the edge of your seat. It’s also gorgeous, makes you feel like you are right on the streets of Calcutta. And it has amazing performances.
- Kahi (2016) Kannada
Not much information on this one, looks like yet another thriller. But doesn’t have the buzz I’ve seen for a few other Kannada films which makes me think it isn’t that impressive.
- Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000) MUST WATCH
The film that made Hrithik Roshan a star! Big silly over the top romance, with amazing songs. But most, THE FILM THAT MADE HRITHIK ROSHAN A STAR!!! I cannot possibly convey what a big deal this was when it released.
- Kajarya (2013)
Another depressing art film, this time about female feoticide.
- Kajraare (2010)
Pooja Bhatt directed (always good at female fantasy fulfillment), and it was the first Indian film (of man) to film in Petra in Jordan. Otherwise, looks like something to be avoided, Himesh Reshammiya stars, which is always a bad sign.
- Kanavu Variyam (2017) Tamil
Rural village infrastructure problems film. Totally new cast and director, produced by Warner Bros. in their first Tamil production. What I find really interesting is that this is the only Tamil film on Netflix, showing that all non-Warner Brothers production houses are holding from to their Herotalkies/Tentkotta deals.
- Kanyaka Talkies (2013) COULD WATCH
This might be the best bet of all the Malayalam films. Won a ton of awards and, more importantly, I actually know one of the cast members! Lena, good slightly older actress. Still probably better off going to google play and watching something really good there, but if for some reason your google play account is suspended or something.
- Karzzzz (2008)
Oh Karzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! The first film to have the ridiculous numerology based spelling alterations. And it was terrible, commercially and critically and just, like, as a fact of life. Bad bad bad movie. Bad. Bad bad.
- Katputti (2006) RECENTLY ADDED
Yet another low budget no stars thriller! I am assuming there is a production house somewhere that specializes in these movies, and their library was just bought up by Netflix.
- Khakee (2004)
Kind of interesting police story (as you can tell from the title). Amitabh plays a wise old cop on the way out, Akshay plays a cocky young cop, Aishwarya plays a beautiful woman. The songs are decent. But it’s really nothing special.
- Khoon Khoon (1973)
A remake of Dirty Harry, but more importantly, a chance to see Rekha-before-Amitabh. Back when she was plump and sexy and didn’t take her career seriously. Oh, and also Danny Denzongpa.
- Khuda Gawah (1992) MUST WATCH
Sridevi and Amitabh, and Nagarjuna!!!! Amazing dialogue, amazingly delivered, great songs, terrible wigs, just all around magnificent. Unless you don’t like that kind of thing, in which case give it 10 minutes and then decide. The opening will give you a good idea of the rest of the film.
- Kidnap (2008)
Eh. For those few Imraan Khan trufans, you can give it a watch. Otherwise, don’t bother, it is kind of a boring mess.
- Killa (2014) Marathi
A boy comes from village to city. And yet another grounded harsh Marathi movie about the state of society! Fun!
- Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015) RECENTLY ADDED
Kapil Sharma’s film debut! So if you like his brand of humor, maybe. Otherwise, no.
- Koi… Mil Gaya (2003) SHOULD WATCH
Possibly Hrithik Roshan’s greatest performance, a surprisingly touching Alien superhero movie. Also decent songs, and a really great latter day Rekha performance.
- Kothanodi (2015) Assamese
Assamese folktales are the basis, which isn’t that new, an arty Indian film based on folktales. But Seema Biswas!!!! Art film superstar!!!! That’s interesting, almost work watching it. Almost.
- Krrish (2006) COULD WATCH
Not a good movie. Terribly filmed (like, the light saturation is off in half the scenes), and crazy plot but not in an entertaining way. Also, a waste of Hrithik’s dancing abilities. But if it’s a rainy day and there’s nothing else available, you might as well.
- Krrish 3 (2013) COULD WATCH
Such a bad movie! So bad!!! But amusingly bad.
- Kung Fu Yoga (2017)
A Chinese-Indian co-production that is strongly weighted towards the Chinese side of things. The crew and most of the cast all came from the Chinese film tradition, and it sounds like the plot is a classic Jackie Khan action comedy. But there is a little bit of Indian in there, Disha Patani and Sonu Sood.
- Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 (2016)
Yet another sex comedy. Who at Netflix is picking all of these? And I really hope he isn’t sharing a cubicle with the guy who buys all the indie Indian art films. Or if they are sharing a cubicle, I really hope Netflix makes a sitcom about that.
- Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum (2012)
I suppose it must be slightly better than the sequel, because these things usually get worse as time goes on. But I still wouldn’t recommend watching it.
- Lal Patthar (1971) COULD WATCH
Another interesting classic film! A wealthy man is torn between his new young wife and his mistress. Hema Malini gets to play the villain. Hot hot Raaj Kumar is the hero.
- The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) MUST WATCH
The first 5 minutes are amazing. The rest of it is extremely uneven. But this is an important part of Indian history to know, and this is the most painless way to learn it. Just try to overlook some of the costume and acting choices, especially from the “British”.
- Lens (2015)
Another arty film, this time about voyeurism. Just rewatch Rear Window and skip it.
- Liar’s Dice (2013)
An India Oscar Entry, so socially relevant and starring Naseeruddin Shah, as most of those are. But that’s not important, what is important is the director! Geetu Mohandas, Malayali, married to Rajeev Ravi who directed Kammattipadam, and working now on a really gritty interesting looking film Moothon with Nivin Pauly.
- Life Partner (2009)
B level comedy, Govinda and Fardeen Khan and Tusshar Kapoor. Poor Genelia D’Souza and Prachi Desai are trapped in it too.
- Loev (2015)
Artsy movie technically set and made in India, but really fits more with the American indie art scene. But if you want an indie male-male romance with an Indian setting, check it out!
- Loins of Punjab (2007)
Very very good. Ignore the title, it is very very good. And touching and teaches you about immigrants and being caught between two identities and all kinds of things. MUST WATCH.
- Loktak Lairembee (2016) Manipuri
A film about a fishing community that lives in their boats, premiered at MAMI, that sort of thing.
- Lorai: Play to Live (2015) Bengali COULD WATCH
Okay, this looks like a decent film! High production values, good plot, all that. An alcoholic ex-soccer player is assigned to train a group of troubled youth in a violence prone village.
- Love Breakups Zindagi (2011) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Nice light rom-com of the Notting Hill/Jhootha Hi Sahi style. Produced by and starring real life best friends Diya Mirza and Zayed Khan. Playing best friends on film who slowly make their way towards falling in love. With some help from surprise guest star SHAHRUKH KHAN. Making this a “must watch” for SRK fans.
- The Lovers (2015) MUST WATCH
OMG I DID NOT REALIZE THIS WAS HERE!!!!!! MUST WATCH!!!!! Because it looks TERRIBLE!!!!
- Luck (2009)
Did you know that Imran Khan’s father works for Netflix? That’s not a joke, he really does. Imran’s Dad is an American tech guy, Imran was born in Ann Arbor Michigan. Then his parent’s marriage broke up, he and his Mom moved back to India, and Aamir stepped up and became a bit of a father figure for him. Anyway, I am thinking that this might be the explanation for the random assortment of not very good Imran Khan movies that are suddenly appearing. This one at least has Sanjay Dutt in it too.
- Lucknow Central (2017) COULD WATCH
Mostly interesting because it is here already! Just left theaters, like weeks ago. Already was kind of interesting since it came out almost simultaneously with Quadi Band, which had the exact same plot. Prisoners escaping through a band competition. This one features director turned actor Farhan Akhtar, and surprisingly good model turned actor Diana Penty.
- Lucky: No Time for Love (2005) RECENTLY ADDED MUST WATCH
I was just mentioning this in my “starter kit for Hindi film stars” post! This is a ridiculous fun silly crazy movie, that lets you see exactly how ridiculous fun silly crazy Salman Khan films can get. It’s Russia, it’s an age inappropriate romance, it’s almost dying of hypothermia, it’s great songs, really, watch it!
- Ludo (2015) Bengali
Another horror movie! Is it just because it is October? Is that all? Or is all of Indian film being taken over by low budget horror?
- M Cream (2014) COULD WATCH
Oh boy, another arty indie movie! But with Barry John (guy who taught Shahrukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, and dozens of other young actors), so might be worth a watch for that.
- M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) COULD WATCH
Surprisingly good biopic, very straight forward in presentation, but high quality performances and mise-en-scene and all of that.
- Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai (2014)
If you have to see one horror movie, this might be the one to try. Swara Bhaskar and Murli Sharma, both of whom are always great.
- Madaari (2016)
Another thriller! With Jimmy Shergill and Irrfan Khan. But otherwise not very notable.
- Madras Cafe (2013)
An ambitious movie, that fails in execution. John Abraham produced and starred, and he isn’t the usual infallible hero type. It’s a spy movie that’s more about information and talking than about grand chase scenes and adventures. And it deals with one of the big no-nos of Indian history, the intelligence failure that lead to the assassination by bomb of Rajiv Gandhi. Might be worth watching if you love John Abraham, or if you are curious about how the topic is presented, but otherwise not.
- Main Aur Mr. Right (2014)
Low budget rom-com with a bunch of nobodies. Watch at your own risk!
- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) MUST WATCH
MUST WATCH!!!!!! A legitimately fun film, plus made Salman Khan a star, plus introduced Sooraj Barjatya as a director and showed the early seeds of what would turn into Hum Aapke Hain Koun.
- Makkhi (2012) Telugu MUST WATCH
It is SO GOOD. “Reincarnation fly movie” is not a good way to sell it, it is just so much more than that! So fun, so clever, so happy, so strangely romantic!
- Malamaal Weekly (2006) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Lessor Priyadarshan comedy, Paresh Rawal and Ritiesh Deshmukh starring, but still a fun ride!
- Manorama Six Feet Under (2007) SHOULD WATCH
I haven’t seen it myself, but this is India-does-Chinatown, and it is supposed to be almost as good as the original. Also has Abhay, for you Deol-o-files.
- Manoranjan (1974) MUST WATCH
Directed by Shammi Kapoor, a remake of Irma La Douce, and starring Zeenat Aman and Sanjeev Kumar. An incredibly cheerful romance between a cop and a prostitute. A completely unashamed and happy prostitute. Who is never punished for her “sins” by the narrative, gets a completely happy ending. Really, MUST WATCH.
- Margarita with a Straw (2014) COULD WATCH
Arty film, got good reviews and a slightly wider release than usual. About queer issues and disability rights issues.
- Maroon (2016)
Another thriller! And this time I don’t recognize anyone on the cast list.
- Mary Kom (2014) COULD WATCH
Inspirational sports biopic starring Priyanka. Not too good, not too bad, just okay. If you are a huge Priyanka fan, or really want to see a sports biopic, you can check it out.
- Masaan (2015) COULD WATCH
Art film which got great reviews and has a good cast. Don’t watch it if you are in the mood for something light, but worth watching if you want to see something really good.
- Masti (2004)
The original of our modern era of sex comedies! Where it all began. Looks almost quaint now. Oh, and it has my all time favorite Stupid Song Lyrics, “On the roof, in the rain; on the roof, in the rain.”
- Maya Memsaab (1992)
Because I care, I took the effort to skip through to the two sex scenes. Netflix does NOT care (or, more likely, it was part of the Red Chillies deal), and so the sex scenes were cut. BOOOO, Netflix! BOOOO!. You can see at 1:31 the start of the first scene. And then at 1:40 there is a sudden cut, you see them lying in bed together with love bites and feathers everywhere, but we didn’t get the scene of Shahrukh stripping for her and passionately ripping the pillows (which is on my 8 year old DVD). BOOOOO, Netflix!
- Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) COULD WATCH
A kind of funny Priyadarshan film, with a great cast. Akshaye Khanna (always brilliant), Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, and Genelia D’Souza. AND SHOBHANA!!!!
- Michael (2011)
Naseeruddin Shah. That’s it. If you are up for a mid-level arty movie, because it has Naseerji in it, than watch it. If you are less of a Naseerji trufan, don’t bother.
- Midnight’s Children (2013) COULD WATCH
Terrible terrible movie. Worth watching for the train wreck of it all, but otherwise not.
- Mirror Game: Ab Khel Shuru (2017) RECENTLY ADDED
Another thriller type thing. The only actor I recognize is Omi Vaidya, the rival student from 3 Idiots.
- Mirzya (2016) COULD WATCH
Not very imaginative plot, not very good acting, incredibly good music and visuals.
- Miss Lovely (2012) COULD WATCH
Arty movie that also gives you a bit of a backstage look at Indian filmmaking. Got really good reviews.
- Moh Maya Money (2016)
High class social statement comedy movie starring Ranvir Shorey, or as I think of him, “Mr. Konkona Sen Sharma”. Did not get very good reviews.
- Moor (2015) URDU RECENTLY ADDED
Period film about the effect of railways on local economy, role of women, etc. Title means “mother” in Pashto.
- Mr Joe B. Carvalho (2014)
Another great cast farce. Arshad Warsi, Soha Ali Khan, Javed Jaffrey, Shakti Kapoor. Only, not directed by Priyadarshan. So not worth watching.
- Mubarakan (2017) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Fun movie, Anil Kapoor and the rest of the older cast is great, Neha Sharma and Ileana D’Cruz are good in the younger cast, Arjun Kapoor is a bit low energy and Athiya Shetty is terrible. A bit too long, a bit too slow in parts, but overall fun.
- Mundrothuruth (2016) Malayalam
Doesn’t even have a wikipedia page, and I don’t recognize any of the cast. Looks like a so-so psychological thriller. Don’t bother with it, if you want to watch a Malayalam movie, just head over to google play, there’s a fair number of good ones there.
- Mughal-E-Azam (1960) MUST WATCH
MUST WATCH!!!!! Brilliant brilliant movie, all time classic. Madhubala is breathtaking, the romance is intense, and the moral issues are fascinating.
- Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) COULD WATCH
Silly remake of Meet the Parents, but with a lot of heart. Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar play joint leads, and both of them are at the top of their comic games. Plus, great songs and an early Priyanka Chopra.
- Mumbai Cha Raja (2012)
Another arty film, supposed to have a cameo from Salman maybe? If you watch it, tell me about that.
- Mumbai Delhi Mumbai (2014)
Another one of those sweet low budget rom-coms with no stars and no publicity. Could be good, could be bad, watch the first ten minutes and decide.
- Murjim (1989)
Mithunda!!! And Madhuri and Nutan and Amrish Puri. Great cast!!! So-so movie. Mithun is a criminal ostracized from society and his mother, blah blah. Madhuri dances, Nutan acts, etc. etc.
- My Name is Anthony Gonsalves (2008) RECENTLY ADDED
Launch film for an actor who went no where, Mithunda is there playing a priest, Amrita Rao is stuck as the heroine. You can skip it.
- Neerja (2016) SHOULD WATCH
I would say “must watch”, except this is so seeringly emotional, I don’t know if I want to force anyone to go through that. It’s just a fantastic film, integrating Indian sensibilities with songs and families with realism and naturalistic acting. Just, an amazingly good film.
- Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005) RECENTLY ADDED
Biopic of a figure in Indian independence who is almost never mentioned outside of India, but is well remembered within India. Cast of highly regarded more art film types, with art film director Shyam Benegal at the helm, and a considerably larger budget than he usually gets. Worth watching if you want to learn more about this era of Indian history.
- Nila (2016) Tamil
I can find almost nothing about this movie. Apparently a romance? But looks like a sort of stripped down character drama small story romance.
- Oh Darling Yeh Hai India (1995)
Another Ketan Mehta film after Maya Memsaab. But no sex scenes, not even in the original version. Great stagey Brechtian style performance from SRK though. Strange plot, slightly mallet-handed social statement, but very interesting to watch.
- OK Kanmani (2015) Tamil MUST WATCH
Dulquer, AR Rahman, and Mani Ratnam. There is nothing bad there. Amazing soundtrack, loveable characters, brilliant directing. Oh, and Prakash Raj to break your heart.
- OMG: Oh My God (2012) SHOULD WATCH
Brilliant brilliant comedy. Based on a stage play, Akshay Kumar snapped up the film rights and brought in the main cast (including Pawesh Rawal) and cameoed himself in an important part. Oh, and Sonakshi and Prabhudeva do an item dance. Just a lot of great stuff.
- Ondu Motteya Kathe (2017) Kannada COULD WATCH
Looks fun! High production values, bright colors, rom-com.
- One 2 Ka 4 (2001) COULD WATCH
A lessor SRK film. On the one hand, the plot makes no sense, on the other hand AR Rahman did the songs. And on the third hand, SRK and Juhi have some of the sexiest scenes of all time together.
- One By Two (2014)
Yet another sweet low budget rom-coms. But it sort of has a star, Abhay Deol. And it got a little publicity because of some complicated lawsuit by the composers related to how their credits were listed. But mostly just another sweet low budget rom-com.
- One Night Stand (2016)
A horror movie you can probably skip. Sunny Leone, Meet Bros. songs, so I am sure it is very sexy and all that. But probably not very well made.
- Oraalppokkam (2014) Malayalam
Crowdsourced funding, which is interesting. The plot is a relationship that ends, and then the man searching for the woman later as he can’t stop thinking about her. But with all kinds of nature imagery and metaphors and stuff.
- Ottaal (2014) Malayalam COULD WATCH
Based on a story by Chekhove, swept the Kerala state awards, story of a boy and his fisherman grandfather, played by an elderly fisherman who had never acted before.
- Ottakolam (2016) Malayalam
Doesn’t even have a wikipedia page. Not a good sign! Plus, it has one of those plot descriptions that would either be really dark and interesting, or just bad. And I am leaning towards “bad” what with the whole “no wiki page” thing.
- Ozhivu Divasathe Kali (An Off Day Game) (2015) Malayalam COULD WATCH
Fascinating! Done entirely through improvised dialogue, based on a short story, and with loads of political commentary. And I recognize some of the actor names, not as big stars, but as familiar character parts.
- Page 3 (2005) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
If you watch only one Madhur Bhandakar film, this is the one to watch. All of his movies are soapy “woman’s picture” films, with a female heroine who is drawn into a scandalous glamorous world (modeling, film, etc.). This is the best, Konkona Sen Sharma plays our heroine, slowly getting caught up in the scandalous world of the celebrities she covers as a “page 3” reporter.
- The Painted House (2015) Malayalam
This may be my least favorite of all the new Malayalam films? An older writer is seduced by a beautiful young woman. Gee, do you think this might be some form of wish-fulfillment for the filmmakers? I just don’t know!
- Parched (2015)
Artsy depressing movie about being a woman in India.
- Patang, aka “The Kite” (2011)
Another arty movie! But slightly less depressing.
- Patiala House (2011) SHOULD WATCH
I really really love this film. Yes, it is uneven, there are parts that don’t quite work, but the parts that do are wonderful. The general plot is great, the songs are some all time good stuff, and this is maybe the best Akshay Kumar performance I have seen.
- Pehchaan (2003) RECENTLY ADDED
Interesting film. Raveena Tandon stars and produced, it’s about in-law murder, and Vinod Khanna plays her father-in-law. It all ends up hinging on a court case. I can’t tell whether or not it is a good movie, but it’s certainly an interesting movie.
- Piku (2015) SHOULD WATCH
Great performances from all 3 leads, Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Amitabh. More than that, heralded a new age of hit film, with a movie based around a female character and realistic settings, but still with a bit of romance and songs.
- Pink (2016) SHOULD WATCH
Brilliant movie, great performances, important story. Not the best songs. And the story line is a bit harsh (attempted rape and the persecution by court trial of the victims). So like Neerja I won’t say “must watch”, but I will say SHOULD WATCH.
- The Pink Mirror
If you want to see a seriocomedy about queer issues in the desi community, this is it.
- Players (2012) COULD WATCH
The Italien Job, redone. Sonam back whens he was still trying to find herself, Abhishek back when he hadn’t accepted his destiny and switched to character roles, and Bips is there too. A harmless action movie, not the best but not as bad as another sex comedy.
- Prateeksha (2006) RECENTLY ADDED
Interreligious romance, blah blah. But, Jimmy Shergill! And Dia Mirza. Almost worth watching just for them. But probably not, looks like not a very good or interesting movie.
- Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) COULD WATCH
Fun fun fun! And pretty pretty pretty! Very much a fairy tale come to life. Don’t expect anything too deep, or which will make you think. But definitely a COULD WATCH.
- Prince (1969) COULD WATCH
Lesser, but still fun, Shammi Kapoor movie. Also, Vyjantimala!
- Professor (1962) SHOULD WATCH
SHAMMI!!!!! Okay, just had to get that out of the way, I feel better now. Classic Shammi plot. See, he needs money, so he takes a job as a teacher for two young girls. Only, he has to pretend to be an elderly professor in order to get the job. And then he romances one of the girls, and also their elderly guardian in his elderly disguise. The 60s were a time of joy and insanity.
- Punjab 1984 (2014) PUNJABI RECENTLY ADDED SHOULD WATCH
Diljit Dosanjh in his greatest performance, Kirron Kher in one of hers, dealing with the part of Indian history that is never ever talked about, one of the greatest movies from the up and coming Punjabi industry, all kinds of reasons you really should watch it. Tragic, of course, but then history almost always is.
- Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011)
Lower budget ripoff of the Masti film series. Which is already pretty low budget and raunchy, so you can imagine how bad the ripoff is!
- Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2015)
Sequel to a low budget ripoff of an already terrible movie. So, like, negatively bad.
- Pyaar Main Twist (2005) RECENTLY ADDED SHOULD WATCH
Introducing in her Hindi cinema debut….BABY SPICE!!!! She shows up for part of a song. Also, Dimple and Rishi have a middle aged romance, Soha Ali Khan is there too, it’s overall not the greatest movie, but very endearing, and kind of unique.
- Q (2014)
Very odd sounding low-budget movie, of the western-style.
- Qila (1998)
What is this, the Mamta Kulkarni collection? Is the drug bust getting her a sudden burst of fame or something? This film looks really not good, a very late Dilip Saheb performance, a fairly late Rekha performance, and a just barely past her prime Mamta performance. Not that all of them couldn’t still give good performances, just that if a film which really requires a younger cast can only get these people, it means it must not be a very good film.
- Queen (2014) MUST WATCH
Brilliant movie all around. Just, amazing. Shows you why Kangana gets so much rope in the industry.
- Radiopetti (2015) Tamil
Another super film festival type film, still no Tamil mainstream releases. This one about an old man and his radio.
- Raees (2017) SHOULD WATCH
A film that is worse than it should be. Brilliant central performances, solid script, great directing. But the plot is oddly pulled back and forth in directions that don’t make sense. Feels likely that it was affected in odd ways by censorship, self-censorship and social censorship. But it is still worth a watch, if you pay attention to the buried message, the angry and active Muslim man, crucified by the establishment.
- Raja Hindustani (1996) MUST WATCH
MUST WATCH!!!!!!!! Hugely hugely important film, helped change the 90s film landscape to rural romances, includes the first major onscreen kiss (and its a hot one!), made Karisma Kapoor into a major actress (deservedly!), amazing comic relief characters, Kunal Khemu as a little boy before he got hot, and a just amazingly amusing plot start to finish. Oh, and great songs.
- Ram-Jaane (1995)
Not a good movie. A remake of Angels With Dirty Faces, with Shahrukh playing Jimmy Cagney. Confusing, strange performances, hilarious costumes, all of that. But, one of the all time great laugh-out-loud in amazement fight scenes right at the beginning, after the “Pump Up the Bhangra” song. And Shahrukh and Juhi are both doing their best with what they are given. If you are a Shahrukh fan, COULD WATCH. Otherwise, just skip to 17 minutes in, and watch the song followed by action sequence, that is a MUST WATCH.
- Rama Rama Re… (2016) Kannada
Critically acclaimed thought provoking film about the death penalty and law and order and stuff like that.
- Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016)
Thriller with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Got good reviews for his performance, but everything else was more on the “okay” side of things. If you like thrillers, this is probably the best of the bunch available.
- Rangoon (2016)
TERRIBLE TERRIBLE MOVIE! Shockingly depressingly off-puttingly bad. Save yourselves and don’t watch it.
- Rangrezz (2013)
If you want to see what happens when “Daddy” is a film producer who buys you an action film and hires a top director and then forces everyone to try to make you look like you actually know what you are doing, Watch This! Jackky Bhagnani is just the worst, is what I am saying, and his father needs to stop indulging him.
- Ready (2011) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
If you watch Lucky: No Time For Love and feel the need for more ridiculous Salmanness in your life, this is the movie for you! Plus, I have now watched the Telugu original, and I still like this one better. It’s just a fun wacky comedy, with a strong heroine.
- Rebellious Flower (2016)
Remember my Osho post? This is propaganda made by one of his followers about his early life.
- Revelations (2016) Tamil
Love, marriage, sex, character study type film. No big names on or off screen.
- Rivaaz (2011) RECENTLY ADDED
Deepti Naval’s in it. That’s the most interesting part. Overwrought story about a men who comes from the city and falls in love with a woman from a traditional courtesan family blah blah blah.
- Robot (2010) Tamil MUST WATCH
I didn’t much like it, but it’s a very important film, the first non-Hindi release to be the top box office earner for the year, and about to be remade even bigger and better.
- Rocky Handsome (2016) COULD WATCH
Almost shot for shot remake of a Korean film. But with John Abraham, who is very handsome.
- Romeo Ranjha (2014) PUNJABI RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
Wacky Punjabi action comedy romance, looks like high quality production and a fun plot.
- Rudhramadevi (2015) Telugu COULD WATCH
Well, I LOVED it!!! Rana and Anushka-Good! Feminist message-Good! CGI-hilariously bad and therefore Good! Oh, and also Nithya Menon, if you have a hangover and are still in love with her after OK Kanmani.
- Rustom (2016) COULD WATCH
Akshay Kumar in a white navy uniform. That’s it, that’s the draw.
- Saadey CM Saab (2015) Punjabi
Recent Punjabi political comedy. I don’t recognize the names, which means it may not be that big of a hit. Plus, Punjabi comedy tends to be somewhat broad. So be aware.
- Saala Khadoos (2016) SHOULD WATCH
Watch this instead of Mary Kom. Very good sports drama, great central performances, will make you fall in love with Madhavan all over again.
- Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga (2013)
Super low budget comedy about average people living in the city. Could be a brilliant hidden gem, could be kind of dull and uneven. I suspect more the latter, since I haven’t heard of it before.
- Sameer (2017) RECENTLY ADDED
Low budget no stars action thriller that premiered at the New York Film Festival (that’s a bad sign, that no one in India was interested in it so it had to fall back on film festivals).
- Saheb Bibi Golaam (2016) Bengali
A very odd high concept film. Three unconnected people, one of them a ghost, and what happens to them in a day in Calcutta.
- Sairat (2016) Marathi SHOULD WATCH
Touching young cross-caste love story, remake rights already sold to Karan Johar, much much doubt about his ability to pull off the unique realness of the original.
- Salaakhen (1975) COULD WATCH
Okay, if between the two 1970s movies available you can only pick one, watch this one.
- Sardaarji 2 (2016) Punjabi COULD WATCH
Record breaking hit, bit names, this is the Punjabi film to watch! And quite the catch for Netflix, to be lucky enough to get it.
- Sarkar (2005) MUST WATCH
Brilliant brilliant movie. Ram Gopal Verma is a super creepy man that I would never want to be alone in a room with, but MAN! When he is good, he is GOOD. And when Amitabh is good, he is Great. And this movie brings them both together. Plus some career best performances from Abhishek, Tanvi Azmi, Tanisha (Kajol’s little sister), and Katrina Kaif of all people.
- Savam (2015) Malayalam
Wait, no, THIS is my least favorite of the recently added Malayalam films! It’s a Malayalam art film. Which, considering how arty Malayalam films already are, is like art-squared. Filmed entirely in black and white, only an hour long, and all about death. Oh boy! What fun!
- A Scandall (2016)
Yet another low budget horror movie! Somehow even more low budget than the others, the only actor I even recognise is Manav Kaul, and he is hardly a big name.
- Shahid (2012) SHOULD WATCH
It’s a biopic about a Muslim lawyer who was killed for defending accused terrorists. I’ve been avoiding this movie because I know it will make me really really angry. But sometimes that’s good, you know? Plus, it can make us all go once again “Wow, Rajkummar is a really interesting actor”.
- Shaitan (2011) COULD WATCH
Yet another thriller! Kalki Koechlin is in it and gives a great performance.
- Shortkut: The Con is On (2009)
Another minor comedy, but not a sex one at least! But still not great. Although, Akshaye Khanna! If you are one of those people who will watch anything for an Akshaye sighting, here you go.
- Singapore (1960) COULD WATCH
Shammi Kapoor mystery romp, first film to be shot in Singapore, also featuring Padmini, ALL OF THIS IS GOOD!!!!
- Singh Is Kinng (2008) COULD WATCH
Ridiculous action film remake of Pocketful of Miracles by way of Hong Kong (Jackie Chan’s Miracles). Super fun performance by Akshay Kumar, amazing title song that will stick in your head for days, just over all good times.
- Singh Saab the Great (2013)
Another Sunny movie! Which was heavily promoted as reuniting him with Amisha Patel, his Gadar co-star. And then it kind of went no where. If you absolutely need a Sunny action movie with big speeches and turbans, it’s here. But really, just watch Gadar instead.
- Singham (2011) SHOULD WATCH
Possibly my favorite action film. Certainly my favorite Ajay Devgan film, and my second favorite Rohit Shetty film (after Chennai Express).
- Sohni Mahiwal (1984)
Oh oh! Very interesting! One of those rare USSR/India co-productions (the first one was all the way back in the 50s, and they pop up occasionally ever since then). Sunny Deol back when he was hot, Poonam Dhillon, and yet another tragic ancient Punjabi love story. Don’t they have any happy love legends?
- Soldier (1998)
There was this brief period back in the late 90s when Bobby Deol was a big big thing. Enjoy this movie as a time capsule of that period! And enjoy seeing Bobby and Priety having a round-cheeks-with-dimples contest for who can be cuter.
- Special 26 (2013) COULD WATCH
A heist movie, very different from the usual, shows you the whole process of it all. An interesting experiment for a mainstream Indian film.
- Sulemani Keeda SHOULD WATCH
A low-budget comedy. I have a warm feeling for it because a friend of a friend was involved (I think as an actor? Or else writer/director). So, I guess, SHOULD WATCH so that my friend of a friend has a better career.
- Sunrise (2014) Marathi
Indo-French co-production, Tannistha Chatterjee again, about trying to find a lost child in Bombay.
- Superstar (2017) Gujurati
I am almost tempted to watch this! An actor is wounded on set and complications and madness ensue. I would be very interested, except I don’t think the Gujurati industry is that large, so I don’t know if I would necessarily trust their view of this kind of story.
- Talvar, aka “Guilty” (2015) COULD WATCH
Very well made movie based on a real life murder mystery that still fascinates India. Irrfan Khan does his usual great performance. If you want to learn more about the actual case, Saavn has a podcast you can download.
- Tamanchey (2014)
Looks like a possibly interesting black crime comedy of the Ram Gopal Verma/Tarantino variety. But, has a good part for Richa Chadda! So if you are looking for more great Richa roles, here it is.
- Tanu Weds Manu (2011) COULD WATCH
A different kind of romance, with earthier characters and flavorful settings. Like Queen, it is important for showing why Kangana is so beloved. Like Saala Khadoos, it is important for showing why Madhavan is hot.
- Tasher Desh (The Land of Cards) (2012) Bengali
Bengali fantastical adaptation of a Tagore play. One of those philosophical utopian fantasy things.
- Tathastu (2006) RECENTLY ADDED COULD WATCH
I remember when this came out!!! Sanjay Dutt and Amisha Patel playing loving lower class parents. Anyway, it went nowhere (possibly because the title is stupid. How do you even pronounce that?), but with that cast, and Anubhav Sinha directing, it might be worth a watch.
- Te3n (2016) COULD WATCH
Vidya Balan and Amitabh Bachchan play off each other, but otherwise it is nothing special. If you are only going to watch one Avenging Amitabh film from 2016, watch Pink. But if you want to watch two, this is a COULD WATCH.
- Teesri Aankh (2006)
Who the heck edited this wikipedia entry? Claims it to be an international hit, and yet I have no memory of ever hearing of this film before. A Sunny film from the “bad toupet” era, but opposite Amisha Patel if you still have enough of a Gadar hang over for that alone to make you like it. Oh, and it’s yet another film of the “camera images of good girls changing can make them be blackmailed into anything” genre.
- Teshan (2016) Punjabi
Looks like not a huge hit or a huge film, but not incredibly small either. Plot about a village girl and a city girl.
- Thithi (2015) Kannada
If you want to watch a Kannada film, and don’t want to pay for Lucia on googleplay, you can watch this!
- Total Siyapaa (2014)
Another low budget under promoted rom-com! If you have a massive crush on Ali Zafar (I know you people are out there! Some of you may be my friends! And this same anonymous person might also own all his albums which is just super weird!), then this is a “must watch”. Otherwise, no.
- Tum… Ho Na (2005) RECENTLY ADDED
Yet another thriller! This time the token “person you have actual heard of” is Jackie Shroff. Which is almost enough to tempt me, but not really.
- U Turn (2016) Kannada
I think I have had this recommended to me as an especially good thriller film. And it was remade in Malayalam, which is a good sign for quality.
- Udta Punjab (2016) SHOULD WATCH
Really good film, very real, very hard to watch. With some moments of pure beauty. I would say “must watch” except, again, it is hard enough to see that I don’t want to force anyone.
- Ugly COULD WATCH.
Again, very hard to watch, very gritty. But if you only have so much patience for a gritty film that starts with “U”, make it Udta Punjab.
- Ujala (1959) COULD WATCH
Another Shammi mystery romp! This time with Mala Sinha, and a villain played by Raaj Kumar. Looks like less fun than Professor or Singapore, but still possibly fun.
- Umrika (2015)
Eh. Another art film. But with Pratiek Babbar, so interesting if you want to see what he is up to these days.
- Vaastu Shastra (2004) RECENTLY ADDED
Horror movie! With RGV involvement, which is good sign for quality. And Sushmita Sen starring, which is good sign for amusing acting. But otherwise, doesn’t look like a very good movie.
- Vakratunda Mahakaaya (2015) Marathi
Suspense film, a child steals a Ganesh statue that has a bomb in it. Not much of an internet trace, looks like it wasn’t a big budget or a big hit film.
- Veerappan (2016) COULD WATCH
Ram Gopal Verma modern Hindi film. So, violent, black comedy, cast of unknowns, probably some uncomfortable moments where the female star seems really really way too objectified, but also moments of pure directing brilliance because RGV can’t stop himself from being brilliant.
- The Violin Player (2016)
Art film, maybe interesting for some backstage stuff since it shows what a session violinist who works on soundtracks lives like.
- Vitti Dandu (2014) Marathi COULD WATCH
Produced by Ajay Devgn, which is interesting in itself, but also looks like kind of interesting structure, cutting between a little boy in 1947 and a little boy in the present day.
- Waar (2013) Urdu/Pakistani
I saw trailers for this! Your typical macho army movie, feels like it should be starring Sunny Deol, but instead it’s from Pakistan. A little surreal having the “good guys” wearing the uniform we usually see on the “bad guys”. They aren’t fighting the Indian army though, just insurgents.
- Waarior Savitri (2016) RECENTLY ADDED
I look at this title and I just know it’s a bad movie. If you have to resort to creative spelling in order to get your numerology to line up and give you luck, then you are pretty darn desperate. See also “Heyy Babby”, “Viviek Oboroi” and Ajay Devgn”.
- What the Fish (2013)
Madcap comedy, think A Fish Called Wanda. But with Dimple Kapadia.
- The Wishing Tree (2017)
Cute family and kids fantasy movie, Shabana Azmi is there too.
- Wrong No. (2015) Urdu/Pakistani COULD WATCH
Oh this looks super cute! Two strangers pursuing their own lives who overlap, rom-com, bright colors, I am almost tempted!
- Wrong Side Raju (2016) Gujurati
National Award winning thriller about traffic accidents and cover up. Looks like good production values and all of that, but I can’t tell if it will actually be interesting to watch.
- X: Past Is Present (2015)
Artsy multi-director collaboration. Featuring a short film by my favorite reviewer, Raja Sen. But still, if you are going to watch a multi-director collaboration, make it Bombay Talkies.
- Yaar Gaddar (1994)
Another Mehra productions film. Which is apparently because Red Chillies just bought the rights to their old stuff. Mystery solved! Anyway, Mithunda, Somy Ali (mother of the heroine of Aurangzeb), and foofy hair Saif.
- Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) COULD WATCH.
All the Deols in one film! Dharmendra, Bobby, and Sunny. Okay, not “all” the Deols, no Esha or Abhay. But most of the Deols! And it was surprisingly fun and funny as well.
- Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (2013)
This also had all the Deols, but was surprisingly unfun and unfunny.
- Youngistaan (2014)
NO! Nonononononono!!!! I had to watch this for a talk I gave a few years back and it is TERRIBLE!!! Jackki Bhagnani is a scourge on the earth only rivaled by Nargis Farkhri. Only watch if you are so blindingly attracted to Neha Sharma that you are willing to see anything if she is on screen.
- Zila Ghaziabad (2013)
Looks like a bit of a ripoff of the Apoorva Lakhia brand. Big cast of a variety of actors, interesting stylistic look , and all about a complicated gang warfare. But looks like it isn’t even as good as Apoorva’s films. Which isn’t a low bar to clear.
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