So, I did something this week. I casually asked my book club to recommend some Indian movies to watch. They are often chatting about this show or that show, and I’ll admit that I have only watched a handful of Indian films, so I thought, what the heck. And then they promptly gave me a crazy long list of must-see films. So, over the next several week’s I’m going to randomly watch and review the shows that were recommended. And since I always need blog content, you all get to join me on my Bollywood journey. So the first film up is Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
After marrying a poor woman, rich Rahul is disowned by his father and moves to London to build a new life. Years later, his now grown-up little brother Rohan embarks on a mission to bring Rahul back home and reunite the family again. (IMDb)
Keep in mind that this is one of the only Bollywood shows that i have watched and I am not used to the style yet. So whatever I feel, I recommend trying it out for yourself. Because in this genre of film, I am definitely a novice reviewer. So this is just my personal taste.
With that said, this movie grew on me. Maybe that is why they are so insanely long. You literally go to a level of film-induced Stockholm syndrome. It took me a while to get used to the more exaggerated acting style of the leads, but once I did, I really had fun watching the two brothers find love. But, what really kept me invested in the show was the love of the mother for her children. It was such a great story arc that wasn’t OTP-related.
I had so much fun watching the dance numbers. That might be one of my favorite things about Bollywood movies; the energy and visuals of the dance sequences just make me happy.
Anjali Sharma (leading lady #1) was so much fun to watch. Anjali’s animated reactions to life highlighted her great comedic timing. I even loved her character after she shifted into the married/mother role. For that matter, I might have fallen for her character even more.
The other character that really stood out with a heartwarming performance was that of Jaya Bachchan, who played the mother of the two brothers. Her love and motherly devotion had me tearing up multiple times, and her final reunion with her sons was pretty epic. Out of everyone involved, she gave heart to this movie.
As for everyone else, I really enjoyed all the characters, even if it took a while to really connect…and a few eye rolls when either of the leading men did something overly cheesy.
My final feelings about the movie are that it was a ton of fun. If you don’t mind a tiny bit of cheese in your shows, I would definitely recommend and give it 7.5 stars out of 10.
Til our next Bollywood adventure,
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi