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  • Like spaghetti western, only more tear-jerking and melodramatic.

    Sholay, for one.

    September 6, 2007

  • I love this! I haven't ever seen a Bollywood western, but I bet they're fantastic.

    September 12, 2007

  • I keep meaning to get around to seeing a Bollywood flick. I've heard that they're really good, and I know I'll like the music. Any suggestions?

    September 13, 2007

  • I'm no expert, but in my limited experience it depends very much on what you mean by "really good". I've seen four or five, and they've all been incredibly formulaic, unintentionally campy, and interminable. They all also espoused dubious and antiquated values about gender roles.

    That said, a lot of the singing and dancing is fabulous. I particularly enjoyed some of the numbers in Gumnaam, which is the movie Thora Birch is dancing along to at the beginning of Ghost World. Actually, give me a minute, and I'll try and dig up the song she's dancing to, which is, if you'll pardon my french, fan-fucking-tastic.

    September 13, 2007

  • The song's called "Jaan Pehechaan Ho." God I love YouTube right now.

    September 13, 2007

  • jennarenn: There are close to 950-odd movies produced in India every year, so you'd have a lot of choice. :-)

    To stick on-topic, though, let me suggest some good curry-westerns:

    a) Sholay: The biggest, baddest, and most popular of them all. Defined Hindi cinema for a generation.

    b) China Gate: Clearly Kurosawan.

    c) Lagaan: No guns, but lots of horses and lots more cricket. Like China Gate before, (and, years earlier, Yul Brynner's Magnificient Seven), clearly inspired by Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. Except that, it's set in the British Raj, and amidst dust, guns and cross-racial romance, ends in an exciting, international cricket match.

    d) takkari donga (Not in Hindi, but Telugu): More cowboy-ed fun.

    OTOH, you want to grab something on a (an Indian) theater near you, Chak de India is a good bet. Haven't seen it myself, but apparently has is an interesting commentary on women's empowerment, intra-national cultural clash and field-hockey.

    September 13, 2007

  • It's not a curry western, but I just saw The Namesake (Mira Nair, director) and enjoyed it very much. The soundtrack was wonderful. Recommended.

    September 13, 2007

  • Cydonian, thanks much, just tanked up the netflix queue.

    Agreed O, The Namesake is a good flick.

    September 14, 2007

  • Good suggestions. Unless I bump them up on Netflix, I should get to them by, oh...December 2008. ;-)

    September 14, 2007

  • I don't know how I forgot this one, but this song is the very definition of a curry-western. (The movie isn't, and for the most part, is crap; just the song)

    September 14, 2007