Y'all already know I like ridiculously romantic movies/books, dancing/musicals... and I really love "exotic" cultures. Well, I'd watched a couple highly rec'd bollywood movies and I liked Shahrukh Khan... but I didn't like how tragic some of them were. Don't get me wrong, I like tragic movies sometimes. (*cough* Rose of Versailles *cough) but some of these just seemed so unnecessarily tragic... and the sad parts were SO LONGGGGG.
So I was looking for some romantic bollywood where Khan didn't die or be tortured for an hour.
This past week, I've watched Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge AND Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Both were really cute, though Dilwale was a bit slow starting for me... but by the end I was totally into it. and I'm all YAY YAY DANCING ROMANCE! YAY! (and now I want some long indian skirts made out of soft soft fabric.)
Feel free to recommend more bollywood cute romances that you think I might like.
Sidenote: While I liked -parts- of Veer-Zaara, Devdas and Kal Ho Naa Ho... overall they left me feeling down. By the way, the image at the top of this post is from Devdas, which has some really stunning songs in it like Silsila Ye Chahat Ka) Next on my rental list is: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Om Shanti Om, Paheli, Swades, Main Hoon Na, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. (though some of them I can't get on netflix.
(Always open to Japanese, Korean or Chinese (or whatever) dramas that are happy/romantic, too... )
By the way, specifically about Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,... I loved the Haule Haule sequence where Surinder is sitting backwards on the back of the little bike, going through the marketplace, just as he's falling in love. As he breaks into song, it feels totally natural! And I know that feeling where you're going through some lovely place outside, and you just feel super happy and want to skip! So I really loved that song. You can just watch the first min and a half of it.
And Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai (below) is just GORGEOUS.
It was also kind of amusing because Mitch is kinda-sorta like the main character guy. The main character is a bit Clark Kent. He's a mild-mannered serious, shy office worker, but in order to make his arranged marriage wife happy, he creates a kind-of wild alterego so that he can secretly go dancing with her. The video above shows the dichotomy between his parts, but how both parts love her. (Mitch is a little of both of these egos. Not really, it's not really fair to compare Mitch to a bollywood character,... but I thought it was cute.)