The best Bollywood films on Netflix


Indian cinema has always had a place in the filming world, and Netflix could not miss the opportunity to add to its catalogue some of the best and most critically acclaimed Bollywood films. 

The first big hit that brought Bollywood and Hollywood closer together was the now world-famous “Slumdog Millionaire”, which won 8 Oscars in 2009, and although the production was British, the actors were Indian and the film was shot entirely in the country.

Unfortunately, this film is not in the Bollywood catalogue on Netflix, but you can find titles like the following that we are sure you will love.

  1. Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)

This epic fantasy film has nothing to envy from the best and biggest American productions. The film’s budget was $26 million, but it grossed over as much as $90 million worldwide.

The plot revolves around Shivudu, a man with many abilities and great supernatural strength who is adopted by a very humble family. One day, he decides to climb a huge waterfall where, at the top, he meets a woman who ends up becoming his beloved. He also takes the opportunity to fight to free the former ruler of an ancient kingdom and a hero named Bahubali who turns out to be closely linked to the protagonist is also weaved in into the plot.

2. Dangal (2016)

This sports film was made in collaboration with Walt Disney Pictures India, and grossed over 300 million dollars worldwide, something never before seen in Bollywood.

The film tells the true story of wrestling sisters and their father, a professional wrestler, who trains them to win the gold medal, effectively overcoming all the social stigmas they face as women. Although at first the father is not very confident that his daughters can achieve it, he progressively discovers extraordinary qualities in each of them.

3. Pink (2016)

Pink” tells the story of a victim of sexual abuse who is accused of trying to kill her attacker, so she enlists the help of a retired lawyer, thus setting the main conflict, that effectively questions the country’s rape culture and how  it is handled.

This dramatic production is two hours long, and has some thriller touches that will keep you glued to the screen from beginning to end.

The film has even managed to be screened at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

4. Masaan (2015)

This is another drama film, in which France collaborated and won two prizes in the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

The story takes place in Varanasi, a city in India where those who do not respect moral traditions are punished in a very cruel way. This is where Deepak, a poor young man who falls in love with a girl from a different caste, enters the picture.

International critics spoke highly of the film for its performances and cinematography, and the soundtrack has also become a favourite among Bollywood fans.

5. Teen Patti

The film was released 12 years ago, exactly in 2010, and starred some stars like Amitabh Bachchan. It won a lot of audience and was able to save its position in the cinema. The movie was based on the Hollywood 21.

Entertainment and gambling skills are combined in this movie. The film is called Teen Patti, the name of the boy of the film and the name of the poker version in India. The game is played in the film and it can be also played by gamers in some of the best online live casinos in the country, such as those found in Asiabet. Furthermore, the site offers table game with real dealers, or maybe even roulette and blackjack with his mobile phone or from his computer. In addition, the money won would not be handed over in cash, but would be paid directly into their bank account via a bank transfer or even into their e-wallet were they to have one. The story tells how Venkat, a mathematics teacher, dreams of winning the biggest bet in the casino. He learns from Percy, his mentor, the best ways to make his dream true. They develop a mathematical probability equation that completely defines probability.

6. Lagaan (2001)

It is set in 1893 and it tells about the occupation of the territory by the British. In the film, Captain Russell sees a small-town farmer inciting the population to revolt against the unfair taxes that have been imposed by their British overlords.

As a solution, the captain offers the farmer a good game of cricket, one of India’s favourite sports.

Which of these would you start with?




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