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Join hosts Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser for a bi-weekly podcast that explores the wonderful world of Hindi Cinema through the lens of two Canadian cinephiles! Part of the Alberta Podcast Network.

Bollywood is For Lovers Bollywood Is For Lovers

    • TV & Film
    • 4.3 • 46 Ratings

Join hosts Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser for a bi-weekly podcast that explores the wonderful world of Hindi Cinema through the lens of two Canadian cinephiles! Part of the Alberta Podcast Network.

    The Invisible Hand of Justice: Mr. India

    The Invisible Hand of Justice: Mr. India

    Strap on your invisibility bracelets Lovers, we’re teaming up to save the day with the one and only Mr. India!




    Notes:





    Why doesn’t EPL want to buy Mr. India?
    Shekhar Kapur

    Bandit Queen and “The Great Indian Rape Trick”

    Elizabeth, The Four Feathers, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

    The novelization of Elizabeth
    Kapur’s many unrealized projects
    Mr. India
    Salim-Javed

    Fu Manchu and Zorro


    (INTERVAL (“Hawa Hawai” from Mr. India)





    Justice for Tina
    The Tramp
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    Kids want to be the hero and they want to help the hero
    Why the bucket hat?
    Superhero weaknesses
    Songs: “Parody Song,” “Karte Hain Hum Pyaar Mr. India Se,” and “Kate Nahin Kat Te”  

    Next time: Ranbir Kapoor




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    #Mr.India, #AnilKapoor, #Sridevi, #AmrishPuri, #ShekharKapur, #AnnuKapoor, #AshokKumar, #AhmedKhan, #Bollywood, #HindiCinema, #Salim-Javed

    • 58 min
    2022 Midyear Review

    2022 Midyear Review

    It’s time for another midyear review where we discuss 12 of the most notable Hindi-language films released in the past six months.




    Notes:





    Looop Lapeta
    Gehraiyaan
    Badhaai Do
    Gangubai Kathiawadi
    Bachchhan Paandey
    Jalsa

    (INTERVAL (“Ami Je Tomar” from Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2)





    Sharmaji Namkeen
    Heropanti 2
    Thar
    Jayeshbhai Jordaar
    Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
    Anek

    Next time: Anil Kapoor




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    #Bollywood, #HindiCinema, #Bollywood2022, #LooopLapeta, #Gehraiyaan, #BadhaaiDo, #GangubaiKathiawadi, #BachchhanPaandey, #Jalsa, #SharmajiNamkeen, #Thar, #Heropanti2, #JayeshbhaiJordaar, #BhoolBhulaiyaa2, #Anek

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Outlaw Country: Paan Singh Tomar, Sonchiriya, and Thar

    Outlaw Country: Paan Singh Tomar, Sonchiriya, and Thar

    We set out on the back country trails with three modern takes on the western genre. 




    Notes:





    Content Warning: two of these films feature sexual assault as plot points
    What is a Western? Did they die out? 
    The Emergency
    The period Hindi Westerns: The Magnificent Two (Sholay)

    Revisionist Hollywood Westerns, Dark Westerns, Blaxploitation Westerns, the list goes on
    We miss Irrfan Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput
    Spoiler alert, none of these movies end very well for the main character
    Paan Singh Tomar
    We have watched many sports biopics, they usually don’t have this many gunfights though

    (INTERVAL (”Baaghi Re” from Sonchiriya)





    Sonchiriya
    Alberta is the wild west
    Caste politics and feminism
    Thar
    Violence should have a point
    Catharsis and heroic bloodshed (see RRR)
    Spoiler Zone: 55:57 - 1:00:54

    Next time: 2022 midyear review




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    #Western, #CurryWestern, #DacoitWestern, #PaanSinghTomar, #IrrfanKhan, #TigmanshuDhulia, #MahieGill, #VipinSharma, #NawazuddinSiddiqui, #Sonchiriya, #SushantSinghRajput, #AbhishekChaubey, #BhumiPednekar, #AshutoshRana, #ManojBajpayee, #RanvirShorey, #Thar, #RajSinghChaudhary, #AnilKapoor, #HarshvardhanKapoor, #FatimaSanaShaikh, #JitendraJoshi, #Bollywood, #HindiCinema

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Star Vehicles: Shaitan, Talaash, and Jalsa

    Star Vehicles: Shaitan, Talaash, and Jalsa

    We go for a ride with three films about destructive car accidents and the wreckage they leave behind.




    Show notes:





    Did Erin invent a new genre?
    Class, privilege, and getting away with murder
    Chappaquiddick
    Shaitan
    Gregg Araki
    Anurag Kashyap’s unreleased Paanch

    The anti-Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na

    Matt was thinking of Very Bad Things


    (INTERVAL (“Hawa Hawai” from Shaitan)





    Talaash: The Answer Lies Within
    Warning there will be spoilers
    Reema Kagti’s filmography
    Did Kareena Kapoor Khan name her son after this film?
    Rajkummar Rao cop universe
    Spoiler Zone: 41:30 to 46:25
    Jalsa
    Two female leads over 40! We love to see it!
    Unrealized potential
    We just want to see Shefali Shah happy

    Next time: Modern Westerns




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    #Shaitan, #BejoyNambiar, #KalkiKoechlin, #RajeevKhandelwal, #RajkummarRao, #NeilBhoopalam, #GulshanDevaiah, #KirtiKulhari, #Talaash, #TalaashTheAnswerLiesWithin, #AamirKhan, #ReemaKagti, #KareenaKapoor, #KareenaKapoorKhan, #RaniMukerji, #NawazuddinSiddiqui, #Jalsa, #SureshTriveni, #VidyaBalan, #ShefaliShah, #RohiniHattangadi, #ManavKaul, #VidhartiBandi, #Bollywood, #HindiCinema, #ShivPanditt

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Death of the Author: Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa

    Death of the Author: Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa

    With the Criterion Channel now streaming the work of Guru Dutt, we discuss the acclaimed director’s most iconic film, Pyaasa. 




    Show notes:





    We upgraded our mic setup
    Criterion Channel’s The World of Guru Dutt

    Past episodes: Dev Anand’s Bombay Noir and Noir ‘58

    Mr. Criterion: Do Bigha Zamin and Shree 420
    Bollywood doesn’t need Western validation, but accessibility is nice
    Pyaasa
    The Goddess Who Carries The Burden of The World, Mother India 
    Restoration in 2015
    “All-Time 100 Movies”

    (INTERVAL (“Sar Jo Tera Chakraye” from Pyaasa)





    Pyaasa’s Sight and Sound votes
    Comparison to Orson Welles

    “Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par”
    Ten years after Partition
    “The Death of the Author” by Roland Barthes
    The “starving artist”
    “I Threw It On The Ground”
    “Hum Aap Ki Ankhon Mein”

    Next time: car accident movies




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    #Criterion, #CriterionChannel, #CriterionCollection, #GuruDutt, #Pyaasa, #WaheedaRehman, #JohnnyWalker, #Rehman, #MalaSinha, #Bollywood, #HindiCinema

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Print the Legend: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and 83

    Print the Legend: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and 83

    We dust off our bats and take a swing at the World Cup with two cricket biopics.




    Show notes:





    Chess boxing
    Past sports episodes: 6, 24, 27, & 118

    M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
    Is Neeraj Pandey on a downward streak?
    Dhoni really just wants to play soccer
    Why can’t these films afford decent wigs?!
    You shouldn’t have to be familiar with the subject matter to enjoy the film
    Dhoni is remarkable because he is remarkable
    We miss Sushant Singh Rajput

    (INTERVAL (“Sakht Jaan” from 83)





    83
    Was it a box office flop?
    Phantom Films
    Sports as nation-building
    It’s about the journey not the destination
    Mongoose bat

    Next time: Pyaasa




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    #Bollywood, #HindiCinema, #CricketCinema, #M.S.Dhoni, #M.S.Dhoni:TheUntoldStory, #SushantSinghRajput, #DishaPatani, #KiaraAdvani, #AnupamKher, #BhumikaChawla, #83, #RanveerSingh, #PankajTripathi, #TahirRajBhasin, #Jiiva, #SaqibSaleem, #NeenaGupta, #BomanIrani, #KapilDev

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

JustGiveMeTheReboot ,

Great podcast

Hey,

Huge fan of what you guys do; as an NRI, it’s really great hearing a nuanced and unexoticized take on a part of South Asian culture people don’t really know much about. I think it would be really cool if y’all reviewed Guide (1965), Arth, or even a Guru Dutt masterwork trilogy (Pyassa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam). In terms of Anil Kapoor I think Parinda would be really great (even if it is 1989 which is practically 90s), it’s what lead to Satya and ultimately the crime Bollywood movies of today. Thank you for the great podcast!

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bollywood movie masters

I have been watching bollywood for about half of my life, but had been in a rut for a little while now. After listening to about half of your podcast episodes, I now have a long list of movies I will watch, and have started watching ones I hadn't seen since listening to you guys. You're always informative and well versed about all of the material you talk about and cover a wide range of genres that I never knew about within bollywood. Since I've been listening to you guys everyday for over a month now, I almost feel like I know you, so hi :) Thank you for helping me fall in love with bollywood again!

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