I spent a delightful Friday evening watching Love Aaj Kal and eating samosas with some “sheep” from Northwestern’s Shepard Residential College.  I feared my audience would flee the first time Saif Ali Khan started to dance.  Quite the opposite occurred.  They picked up their copies of Anupama Chopra‘s essay “Can Bollywood Please All The People, All the Time?”  Far more than I expected had seen Bollywood films before.They seemed duly impressed to learn that Ms. Chopra, the world’s best known Bollywood film critic, and Tejaswini Ganti, the leading scholar of Bollywood as a cultural phenomena, are both Northwestern alumnae.  Most importantly, they stayed to watch and discuss.  Then they shocked me by asking for my recommendations for further Bollywood viewing.  I decided it was due time I make a list categorized by the issues each film tackles for my filmi-fan readers here as well as my scholarly sheep!  Each film is hyper-linked to its entry.  An asterisk indicates a particularly memorable set of song and dance numbers.

College Life: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai*, Main Hoon Na*, Mohattabien*, Pyaar Impossible

Heroic Everymen & Engineers:Don*, Pyaar ImpossibleRab Ne Bana Di Jodi*, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman*, Sajaan*, Swades

History: Ashoka the Great*, EarthJodhaa Akbar*, Laagan, The RisingRang De Basanti

Immigration/NRIs(Non Resident Indians): Devdas*, Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenga*, Dostana*, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom*, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna*, Kabhie Kushi Khabhie Gham*, Kal Ho Na Ho*, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai*, Love Aaj Kal*, My Name is Khan, Paa, Pyaar ImpossibleSwadesWhat’s Your Rashee?, Jab Tak Hai Jaan*

Inter-faith relationships/Tolerance: Ashoka the Great*, Chak De!, Jodhaa Akbar*, Veer-Zaara, My Name is Khan

Literary/Religious: Ashoka the Great*, Billu BarberDevdas*, Karan ArjunPaheliOm Shanti Om*, Umrao Jaan*, What’s Your Rashee?

Parenting: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai*, Like Stars on Earth, Paa, Pyaar Impossible, My Name is Khan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan*

Separation/Divorce: Chalte Chalte*, Devdas*, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna*, Love Aaj Kal, My Name is Khan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan*

Sports: Chak De!, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna*, Laagan

Terrorism: Dil Se*, Fanaa, Sarafrosh


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