What do foreigners feel while watching India/Bollywood movies?
Chloe Lorenson, lived in North London
Thought just what an average Briton did. Low budget films with a lot of songs, reality defying action, bad acting. SRK was the only face I could have recognized as a Bollywood guy.
The first one my Indian friends made me watch was Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. The film is so pretty, fresh, and relatable. I loved it so I decided to watch more. Followed Rockstar, Devdas, Awaara, Mera Naam Joker, Punjab 1984, Jatt & Juliet, Chachi 420, My Name Is Khan, Eega, Drishyam, Swades, Chak De India, Kal Ho Na Ho, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Main Hoon Na, Barfi, Mugl-e-Azam, Silsila, Sadma, Hey Ram, Saawariya, 3 Idiots, Badlapur, Mr. India, and so forth. I loved all of them for varied reasons.
我的印度朋友让我看的第一部电影是叶贾瓦尼海迪瓦尼。这部电影很好看，很清新，很有吸引力。我喜欢它，所以我决定多看一些。接下来我看了摇滚歌星、宝莱坞生死恋、流浪者、小丑、旁遮普1984、 杰特与朱丽叶、 恰其420、我的名字是可汗、功夫小蝇、吾土吾民、加油印度、最爱电影、灵魂奔跑者、宝莱坞之不可能的任务、恋恋大吉岭、莎华丽雅、三傻大闹宝莱坞、印度先生等等。因为各种各样的原因，我对这些电影都很喜欢。
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Man, is Shah Rukh Khan an enigma or what? The kind of charisma and energy he brings on screen is unparalleled. His soulful eyes and that romantic arm gesture. No doubt that he’s the biggest Indian movie star.
Ranbir Kapoor is such an effortless and amazing actor that he gave me goosebumps in a language I didn’t understand. He is literally the most perfect human being. How often do conventionally good looking and charming stars turn out to be effortlessly gifted actors and dreamy dancers? Indians dance like their hips and shoulders aren’t attached to their bodies. I don’t get how moving like that is physically possible. The cinematographers, set designers, costume designers, screenplay writers are especially talented. Lavish sets, landscapes, camera work are impressive. Grandiose and poetic subtext in things as old as the dream sequence of Awaara and solo dance of Mugl-e-Azam inspired awe among us. And Eega, which seemed like an impractical synopsis but turned out to be a very innovative watch.
The acting and background music might still be a tad dramatic for my British sensibilities, but I can still appreciate it to be real and subtle. Indians ARE an expressive and emotional lot, so it’s fair. The emotions that Indian movies touch are on an entirely different tangent. I think they are the best at displaying all the emotions on human spectrum.
And I realized Indian weddings are as big as in their movies. Just with a lot more food. BEST! WEDDINGS! EVER!
The best performances were certainly My Name In Khan’s SRK, Barfi’s Priyanka Chopra, and Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar. Hardly do mainstream stars ‘act’ this good. They deserve global recognition. If they were to display such performances in an international project, they would at least one of Oscar, Golden Globe, or BAFTA.
PS : I skipped listing the movies I didn’t like. It won’t be constructive criticism. Moreover, don’t want to offend fans.
Zora Vasulinova, knowing myself and the humankind better by comparing Indian culture with mine
Hello, I am a foreigner!
What do I FEEL while watching Bollywood movies...?
I think mostly I feel what the director wanted me to feel.
But to get to this point I have to be in a certain mood...
Complex answer (not an easy question!):
My view on movie industry
I grew up with my brother who studied a kind of movie science. Since my childhood I was taught to appreciate movies with high moral stories, intellectual movies, movies strictly analysing real world situations or history-based movies (without actually changing the history). The Olymp of cinematography was occupied by documentaries in my world.
Hatred for Hollywood
I absolutely despised Hollywood production. For me it was mostly ill-emotional food for sentimental brains of stupid people. Yeah, I mean it. I felt very superior to ordinary cinema visitors. (Like Quorans to Yahoo Answers ;))
Then I turned 20 and got a small job in a dubbing company. My boss made me watch some of the biggest pieces of Hollywood production to educate me in the mainstream culture. Needless to say I had to admit it is not all so stupid as I imagined it. There are pieces for ignorants with no taste, but also great stories which are perfectly managed technically as well.
Later on I stopped being a trouble-less, happy-go-lucky child and met some life difficulties as well. Suddenly even the naive, brain washing Hollywood production came to be handy. I didn't want to analyze dramas anymore, I wanted to relax.
I entered the game of being entertained! Movies were no more exclusively intellectual challenges to me.
And Bollywood? That's the same game. I am not expecting any intellectual growth when watching it. I know what I will get is an entertainment in Indian style. So I am entertained. I know something about the real life in India, I know Bollywood is a dream land. It is a break from your daily worries.
My first bolly-movie ever was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, I enjoyed that and I was shocked how Hollywood-like it was. I also must say that all the other Indian movies I've seen after that were much less Hollywood-like and much more Bollywwod-like :D.
I quite know the Indian culture so I am able to accept the Indian fun.
There are moments when I "hate Bollywood movies" - those are the moments in the script which reminds me of cultural differences which somehow touched me in my real, personal life and caused me pain. So no problem with the actual movie, but rather conflict of the cultures in my head. (The same happens with Hollywood movies sometimes)
There is one special thing I hate passionately about Bollywood scripts, it drives me crazy and spoils each such movie, and that's how many scenes are stolen from famous movies from all over the world. And how Indians are astonished by the genius of Bollywood screenwriters/directors. No, my dear, 40% of the movie was stolen, it is not the genius of Bollywood and the movie is not 'a great piece' but 'a great theft'.