Trust us, there's a WIDE world outside of Bollywood.
- If you know about movies, you might know that India produces more movies than any other country in the world. And we're not just talking about Bollywood. Spectacular Bollywood musical extravaganzas are probably the most well known. But Hindi language movies go way beyond that, and Netflix has a fantastic range to get you started. Here are our picks for the top seven Hindi movies on Netflix that you can stream right now.
Number one. Is Love Enough, Sir? If you're just starting to explore Hindi film, then Sir is our pick for essential Indian cinema. Tillotama Shome with stars as Ratna, the living housemaid for upper middle class Ashwin. Over time, they develop a slow simmering and socially unthinkable love.
- You don't have morons like her working at my place.
- Fortunately, she doesn't work for you.
- The result is a film so soft and stirring that it will stay with you long after the credits roll. With the script and direction from Rohena Gera, this unlikely story never feels forced. Number two, Kahanni. Vidya Bagchi visits Golgotha during the annual Durga Purja festivities in search of her missing husband.
- My husband is missing. Vidya Bagchi.
- Vidya Bagchi.
- Vidya, V.
- The investigation leads to dead end after dead end, including literal dead ends, because some of it just leads end up dead. From corruption to cover ups, the whole search for Vidya's husband leads to an interconnected web of lies that threaten her and her unborn child. Three, Kuch Kuch Kota Hai. So for legal reasons, we can't use a lot of footage from Koch Koch Kota Hai, but luckily for you, I've owned the DVD for 23 years, and it came with these postcards.
So this is a love triangle between Anjalee, Rahel and Tina. Rahel and Anjalee are college besties until Rahel falls in love with Tina. When Anjalee realizes she has feelings for him, she leaves. And the friends become estranged until well after Tina dies. And Rahel and Tina have a baby. Eight years later, their young daughter, also named Anjalee, is tasked with reuniting the best friends so that they can discover true love once and for all.
- Despite being famous for its love triangle, Kuch Kuch Kota Hai does an amazing job of never pitting Tina and Anjalee against each other. Like Rahel says early on in the movie--
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- [SPEAKING HINDI] Love is friendship. Four, Kapoor and Sons. This 2016 family drama sits comfortably on the border between Bollywood dramatics and muted indie introspection. Fawad Khan and Sidharth Malhotra play two hotties. I mean two estranged brothers trying to keep it together while visiting their separated parents and ailing grandfather.
Fawad Khan's openly gay main character made waves in 2016, and made it possible for other mainstream Indian cinema to explore the same themes. Five, Stree. If you love quirky dark comedy, then this film based on South Indian legend is for you. Local villagers tell a story of a courtesan's ghost who haunts the town during religious festivities every year and abducts men. Vicky, the town tailor, gets a new client during the festival this year.
And if you're wondering if he falls in love with her at first sight, he does. Vicky's friends start to think this mysterious crush might be the actual ghost herself, so they set out to trap both human and spirit to learn the truth and save the town. Six, Bombay Talkies. This short film collection presents vibrant slices of life in India's biggest city. Regardless of language, India's short films tend to be some of the most breathtaking and original.
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- Even though this collection comes from four pretty mainstream directors, they get a chance to explore that kind of creativity and package it together like it's a feature. If you like what you see, you can also check out lust stories and ghost stories, collections of short films from the same four directors. Number seven, Andhadhun. Based on a French short film, this twisted adventure stars Ayushmann Kurrana as a blind pianist named Akash.
- Hi, dude. How are you?
- I'm good.
- Oh. Oh, shit.
- The film starts out as a rom com, and then takes a turn after turn that will have you on the edge of your seat. If you saw Netflix's I Care a Lot. It's kind of a similar vibe in that there's tons of twists. And the ending isn't perfect, but it's one hell of a ride.
- This is quite the mix of Hindi films, but we hope that any of these seven gets you started and has you craving more amazing Indian cinema.