Sun, 23 Mar 2003

If you are curious about Indian movies, here is a list of top five must-sees:

1. Kuch-Kuch Hota Hai (1998): The Indian version of Sleepless in Seattle, in which a daughter tries to fix up her widower father with an old friend of his. You don't have to understand Hindi, and you would agree that the songs are groovy, even for non- Indian ears. 2. Lagaan (2001): A bunch of farmers in a rural village bet on a cricket game against the British to avoid paying taxes. Set during the colonial era and with no wedding scenes, this is a bit different from other Hindi movies. The cinematography is worthy of praise. 3. Devdas (2002): A classic, tragic love story between childhood friends adapted from Sarat Chandra Chattopadhye's novel, which claims to be the most expensive movie ever produced in Bollywood history. Great cinematography. 4. Dil Chahta Hai (2001): A story of three friends exploring the ups and downs of relationships and of life. A good show to watch with buddies. 5. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994): A celebration of Indian tradition, with its splendid and joyful appreciation for wedding ceremonies. Two lovers' devotion to each other is put to the test when the girl has to marry her brother-in-law after her sister dies. -- Fransiska Anggraini