For me, summer time means a precious few lazy days of marathon movie watching. Along with classic series like the Harry Potter movies and the Lord of the Rings movies that we love to watch as a family, my husband and I sometimes like to curl up on the couch and watch movies with an Indian theme or cool Indian characters. Here is a list of the top ten must-see movies for summer movie nights. Click the images for the trailers.
Top Ten Movies with an Indian Flare
1. The Namesake (2006)
Based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, this is a moving look at one man’s journey of finding his identity. Kal Penn nails the roll of Gogol.
2. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
A group of retirees travel to India to a less-than luxurious retirement home and discover a new and unexpected vision for their lives. The all-star cast is amazing.
3. Misississippi Masala (1991)
A love story between a black man and an Indian girl from Uganda, set in Mississippi. I saw this movie a year before marrying my Indian husband, and lived in Memphis, not far from the movie’s setting. The characters are easy to identify with if you have any experience with intercultural relationships.
4. Bend it Like Beckham (2002)
An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter Jess in a traditional way, and Jess has to decide between her sport and her culture.
5. Bride and Predjudice (2004)
A Bollywood-flavored Pride and Prejudice.
6. Today’s Special (2011)
In this comedy, a young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food
7. Before the Rains (2007)
Set in the 1930s, this movie is a story about an intercultural affair in South India.
8. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
The only thing Indian about this mindless, but hilarious college-humor-filled movie is Kal Penn. He’s just awesome, so grab a beer and watch.
9. Outsourced (2006)
An American novelty salesman moves to India when his entire department is outsourced to India, and funny culture shock begins.
10. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2005)
A wonderful sequel to the first Marigold Hotel movie with the same kind of top-notch cast. Judy Dench rocks.