Make your takeaway more of a cultural experience by watching an Indian-themed film while you tuck into your favourite Bengali or Indian dish.
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1. Slumdog Millionaire
This 2008 British romantic comedy directed by the brilliant Danny Boyle of Trainspotting fame was co-directed in India and won eight Academy Awards. Gritty, heart warming and featuring some of India’s most promising young actors, it’s well worth a watch for the all-singing, all-dancing Jai Ho finale at the end alone.
3. Eat, Pray, Love
Julia Roberts stars in this tale of a newly-divorced woman who sets off on a voyage of discovery to find herself, visiting India en route. Again, it’s really one for the ladies.
5. A Passage To India
Based on the 1924 novel by E.M. Forster which was inspired by the British Raj and the 1920s Indian Independence Movement, A Passage To India is an 80s classic which won two Academy Awards after being nominated for a staggering 11.
7. The Guru
If you find the Carry On team’s innuendos aren’t quite titilating enough, then Jimi Mistry’s performance in The Guru certainly will be. Yes, it’s been on the telly more often than the BBC News, but we love it all the same.
9. East Is East
Okay, the family in this one is from Pakistan but, again, it stars Jimi Mistry so it’s definitely alright by us. See ‘George Khan’ – played by Indian actor Om Puri – try to enforce his strict Muslim ways and watch the rebellion that follows.
2. Monsoon Wedding
Monsoon Wedding, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shefali Shetty and Tillotama Shome, to name a few, will tug at your heart strings and have you heading out to buy your first sari. It’s definitely one for the ladies.
4. The Darjeeling Limited
Admittedly, this one’s not the best but if you’re an Owen Wilson fan, it’ll be right up your street. Join his character, Francis, and his two brothers on a comedic journey across India by train.
6. Carry On Up The Khyber
Ah, a good, old Carry On film… need we say more? Join the late Kenneth Williams and co for a laugh-out-loud classic based on India’s most famous pass.
8. Shakespeare Wallah
Indian acress Madhur Jaffrey won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival for her part in Shakespeare Wallah – based on the real life Kendal family’s exploits in post-colonial India.
10. The Pool
Set in Panjim, Goa, The Pool tells the story of a young boy living in abject poverty who becomes obsessed by the swimming pool of an affluent family. The scenery is stunning and will leave you dreaming of Southern India.