These are equally important questions and I don’t want you to be lazy and just do one or the other! So if you comment, you have to give at least one idea for BOTH! So it can be like 10 movies for BollywoodNewbie, and only 1 for Valentine’s, or vice versa, but at least try to cover both.
BollywoodNewbie is going to India! Which is a very very VERY long plane trip. For her very very VERY long trip, she asked for recommendations of Malayalam Movies and Classic Masala Hindi films. And also, Audiobooks.
My suggestions in a random brainvomit:
Malayalam: Ustad Hotel (life affirming, good food porn), Koode (life affirming but dark for bits, Prithviraj), City of God (really really have to focus when you watch it, awesome Prithviraj), Amen (very pretty, kind of Wes Anderson-y), 22 Female Kottayam (dark female revenge saga), Niram (super super light college best friends romance), Ranam (dark, hyperlink, awesome Prithviraj, Detroit), Kali (slow start but there is a crazy twist at the interval, cute Dulquer and Sai), Maheshinte Prathikaram (very Kumbalangi Nights like), Sudani from Nigeria (unusual story of cross-cultural connections), Godha (suuuuuch a sweet romance and feminist), Mayanadhi (really interesting take on romance and female characters)
60s-70s Masala: Zanjeer (crazy Jaya-Amitabh chemistry, movie that made him a star), An Evening in Paris (super light and fun European adventure with Shammi and Sharmila), Seeta Aur Geeta (Hema Malini in a double role, lots of wacky hijinks), Chupke Chupke (farce and misunderstandings and two romances), Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (adventure, evildoers, childhood song secret code, and I think also a helicopter), Yaadon Ki Baarat (separated brothers with a secret family song, Aamir’s first movie), Blackmail (Raakhee and Dharmendra in a sweet romance with a solar powered batter Macguffin), Sharmilee (Raakhee double role as twins, Shashi alert!), The Train (your mind will be BLOWN by the ending), The Burning Train (guess what it’s about? This is India’s take on The Towering Inferno), Anamika (cute cute Jaya, strange strange plot, happy ending), Aradhana (the movie that made Rajesh Khanna a star, crazy plot)
Audiobooks: I got nothin’
Now, second category of suggestions needed! Valentine’s Week romances! You want me to review Once Again, The Piano Teacher, Marjaavan, The Lunchbox, any of those others that you love and want me to watch? Now is the time to suggest! And also vote for ones other people already suggested! The more interest there is in the film, the more likely I am to pick it.
Okay, one for me and one for BollywoodNewbie/Alisa. GO!