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Indian movie / film reviews

Reviews of some of the movies we've come across, mostly with Indian or South Asian themes. We've seen the films listed; therefore these reviews are purely personal opinions and not sourced from elsewhere. Recently added entries will be marked with [NEW] for about a month.


Richard Attenborough
full review (separate page)...

  Bandit Queen
Shekhar Kapur
full review...

Salaam Bombay
Mira Nair
full review...

  East is east
Damien O'Donnell
full review...

My son the fanatic  
Udayan Prasad
full review (separate page)...



Gandhi (1982)

Director: Richard Attenborough
Cinematography: Ronnie Taylor, Billy Williams
IMDB page: Gandhi
Cast includes: Ben Kingsley, Sir John Geilgud, Martin Sheen ...

Richard Attenborough's 1982 biopic of Mahatma Gandhi is an epic in the true sense; over three hours in length, filled with stunning location photography of the Indian landscape, a stellar cast and crowd scenes that use ... Read the full review (separate page)

Woody, February 2006

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Bandit Queen (1994)

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Written by: Ranjit Kapoor (dialogue), Mala Sen
IMDB page: Bandit Queen

Directed by Shekhar Kapur, this gritty and contraversial film was originally banned in India. It is based on the true story of Phoolan Devi, a low caste girl who gained fame as a Gang leader in the "bandit country" of Uttar Pradesh. In real life she went on to become an MP, and was murdered in Delhi last year.

Woody, May 2004

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Salaam Bombay (1988)

Director: Mira Nair
Written by: Mira Nair, Sooni Taraporevala
IMDB page: Salaam Bombay

The story of a young boy who ends up living rough in the slums of Bombay, where he becomes mixed up with the worlds of heroin and prostitution.

Woody, May 2004

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East is East (1999)

Director: Damien O'Donnell
Screenplay: Ayub Khan-Din
IMDB page: East is East
Cast includes: Om Puri, Linda Bassett

Nothing at all to do with India, this excellent film plays around the cultural tensions in a mixed race Pakistani / British family living in Salford in 1971. George Khan (Om Puri) insists on a strict Pakistani Muslim upbringing for his 7 kids, and things come to a head when he tries to marry two of his sons off without their knowledge.

Woody, May 2004

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My son the fanatic (1997)

Director: Udayan Prasad
Written by: Hanif Qureshi
IMDB page: My son the fanatic
Cast including: Om Puri, Akhbar Kurtha, Harish Patel ...

Pakistani immigrant Pervez (Om Puri), not exactly satisfied with his lot in life after 25 years as a taxi driver in a northern English town, is delighted and proud at his son Farid's impending marriage to Madeline ... Read the full review (separate page)

Woody, February 2006

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