Discussion Post: 10 Days of Christmas Movies! What Family Love Warmth Movies Should I Include?

Rani Week ends on Sunday, which is also exactly 10 days before Christmas. And I think what I would like to do is 10 days of Christmas-y movies, but I need help thinking of them! So I am throwing it out to all of you. And because I really REALLY need help, I am sticking this post to the homepage until I have enough movie ideas.

When I say “Christmas”, I don’t mean “a movie about an unwed mother” or “a movie about Christians” and certainly not “a movie in which they all celebrate Christmas”. For me, from my Germanic roots, Christmas is about the Winter Solstice and light in the darkness and getting together with family one last time and remembering that love is the most important thing.

So, from that side of thing, when I think of an Indian movie that is “Christmas-y”, the first one that comes to mind is Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Lage. It’s about loving each other and forgiving each other and the warmth of family and a place of peace and hope and joy in the middle of a dark world. Make the exact same movie but turn the opening wedding into a Christmas party, and the play into a Christmas pageant, and you could release it Thanksgiving weekend in America and make a million billion dollars. At least, I would watch it.

Whole new cast for my American Christmas version, except Anil Kapoor still plays the single father. He can romance Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock or someone else awesome and worthy and age appropriate like that

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham would be another obvious “Christmas” movie. Maybe Ohm Shaanti Oshaana too?

What other films can you think of? Family and love and joy and peace and conflict resolved through big loving gestures instead of violence? I want at least 10 of them, so I need ideas!

23 thoughts on “Discussion Post: 10 Days of Christmas Movies! What Family Love Warmth Movies Should I Include?

    • I love all these suggestions! And I think I already have reviews for all of them too.

      On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 11:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • I don’t know, kind of dark for a Christmas movie. There’s also themes of mental illness, and suicide, and general violence. I wouldn’t necessarily say “come on Grandma, and the kiddies, let’s all sit around with hot cocoa and watching Kumbalangi Nights!” Although I might suggest it for your sad lonely adult Christmas with no family.

          Can I suggest Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi as a kind of similar alternative that is a little more hot cocoa friendly?

          On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 11:59 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • Okay, agree there, I saw It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen a few years back and went “wait a minute, Jimmy Stewart is actually really scary in this, right?”

            On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 12:08 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • Yeah, the Jimmy-Donna courtship sequences are intensely sexual in a kind of uncomfortable way. I don’t want to watch Dad Jimmy Stewart and Mom Donna Reed be all sexual together!

            On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  1. We have some recurrent Christmas movies in our family, among them “Little Lord Fauntleroy” (loved through four generations)…as a Hindi movie, I certainly would choose King Uncle (even before K3G) … and Boothnath, too.

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    • If it ended with a Christmas Miracle and a rousing Christmas Carol singalong, then yes. But with that open strange staring into nothing ending, I don’t know…

      On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 7:36 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • Excellent point! And the little kid bringing a couple together is very Christmas-movie. Make the school concert a Christmas concert, and turn the wedding at the end into a Christmas engagement party, and we’re golden!

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  2. My suggestions: Mr. And Mrs. Ramachari. Great masala movie with very good scenes of father and son making peace and realizing the other one always cared.

    Other one: Baadhai Ho

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