Some time ago, I googled a few Hindi films to watch online but I couldn't find good quality ones with English subtitles on the internet. Turns out, the Bollywood scene copyrighted their materials and movies more heavily than any other. You can't even find Hindi films on iflix!
This website came up during my search and since I really wanted to watch Kabhie Kushie Kabhi Gham, I went ahead and sign up over there. The site is called Eros Now and they have extensive selections of Hindi films and more over there. I haven't explored fully yet since it had only been a week but I managed to watch 5 films (one per day) this past week.
Kabhie Kushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
The absolute family classic. I've lost count of how many tweets and facebook statuses that I read from friends that gushed every time the film played on television. Since I'm not well-versed in Bollywood films, I thought I ought to start with something safe. It was good. I was surprised that I didn't cry at all because everyone said it was tear-jerking. Love the cast, love the music, love the choreography. Splendid movie. Definite must-watch.
Chennai Express (2013)
Since I was already on a Shahrukh Khan roll, I thought I would go with another film with him in it. And this time, a pretty recent one, just to have a feel of what the current Hindi scene looks like. Of course, I chose Chennai Express because of Deepika Padukone as well. She's gorgeous. Back to the movie, it was hilarious and the exchange between Hindi and Tamil is interesting. Plus the cinematography is top-notch, with great angles, pace, play of vibrant colours etc. A refreshing break after so many seriously cheesy love story. Would still recommend to people. Shahrukh Khan proves a versatile actor yet again, with his hilarious antics throughout the story. "Never underestimate the power of the common man" yar!
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
The next pick was a peek into the past. Nooooooo..!! The horror of watching this is still tormenting me. The only reason I picked this movie was because of its star-studded cast; Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. However, I regretted watching this film. It felt like a bad comic relief from start to finish. There is absolutely no kind of lesson to be learned in this movie. In fact, I don't even understand how it got produced in the first place. Won't watch again. Bored out of my mind.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
This movie is my top pick out of the 5 that I watched this week, hands down. Wouldn't have picked this out by myself. This was recommended by Mr. Khan and I must say, he has good taste in films. This film shattered my preconception of what Bollywood is all about. For the longest time, I thought all Bollywood films consist of cheesy love songs, choreography that involves mountains, lots of rolling around and cringey romantic scenes. This is a political statement like no other. Seriously one of the best film I've ever watched. Just pure genius. Splendid casts as well. They made all the characters come to life. Please watch if you haven't. I beg you.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)
Back to Mr. Shahrukh Khan since I've taken a liking to his acting. And yet another 'love story' since I don't know what to choose. I probably dislike this more than Andaz Apna Apna. The whole premise of the story just doesn't bode well with me. Infidelity. Dishonesty. Unhappiness. I know it's a genuine issue but I do not enjoy watching this film at all. Cheating is not okay, no matter how you put it. However, I like all the casts. Seeing Amitha Bachan as a flirty old playboy is a nice change from his poker-faced character in Kabhie Kushi Kabhi Gham.
I watched all of these films on Eros Now. It's not a free website, mind you so here's a review for anybody who is interested. The rate isn't high (RM15+ per month) and you get plenty of Bollywood and other Indian films to watch. There are also albums and TV shows. One big flaw is their loading time. Sometimes it takes so freaking long and I know it's not my internet that is the problem. The app version is even lousier. However, to make the loading time more bearable, try lowering the video quality and resolution. It's just easier to navigate on desktop rather than phone app.
It's way past midnight now. Gotta run! :) Good night, sleep tight.