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My Favorite Movies!

October 27, 2008

This is a list of my favorite movies, made in India and primarily for the younger viewers.

Kairee: I must have watched this movie 20 times. It was released in 2000 but I first watched in 2003. The movie is set in a small, remote village and is about a young girl, who has recently lost mother and comes to live with her married but childless aunt. Kairee, the raw mango, is all about this girl’s childhood and nice experiences with her loving aunt. The aunt has a troubled marriage and the niece has the inkling of that but when they are together they talk about memories and things that please them. The aunt makes a plan with her to visit a shrine, where they’ll have kairees and will take rotis, yogurt and cooked aubergine with them. The plan never materializes but the mere thought of it brings happiness in their lives. Keeping in view her rotting marriage the aunt sends back her niece.

It’s a beautiful story, the locales are awesome and the acting is fabulous. It is recommended to those who like alternate cinema.

Rockford: Okay, I had bought Kairee and Rockford together and I was lucky enough that this movie too turned out to be wonderful. The story is about a Hindu boy and his arrival in the Christian boarding school located in the picturesque hilly area of India, called Rockford. The boarding school life transforms the boy and teaches him many things such as never sneak on your friends… that is the fundamental rule. He has his first crush and then first love there. Rockford chronicles the life of a typical boarding school and the way boys interact and behave with each other. The dialogues and some scenes might seem offensive to certain viewers but it is every realistic nonetheless. The movie is in English.

I liked it because I always wanted to study in the boarding school, like Murree Convent πŸ™‚ it never happened but that movie was fun and entertaining.

This movie had a very popular song called, Yaaro Dosti Badi He Haseen HaiI liked the song too and used to watch it a lot on MTV in 1999 πŸ˜€

Makdee: Makdee, the spider is yet another movie for younger viewers basically, released in 2002. The story is set in the village and revolves around the twin sisters. One of them is sharp and naughty while the other one is simpleton. And then there is one haunted, abandoned haveli where the villagers claim lives a witch called makdee jadoogarni or the spider witch. The people think that whoever enters that old, rusty mansion never returns because spider witch turns that person into an animal. One day one of the twin sisters, the simple one goes to the mansion and the witch turns her into a hen. Now the the other sister cries after her and repents for teasing her. She makes it her aim to get her sister back. But it isn’t easy to coax the spider witch since she is a witch after all.

The role of the witch has been played by Shabana Azmi. Although in the heavy makeup she isn’t recognizable but she played the role brilliantly so did the girl who played the role of twins. I liked the movie because it is very well made and it brought me back into my childhood when I had read countless stories based on such theme.

This movie is thrilling, adventurous and has the element of suspense as well. That was a fabulous watch!

Halo: Released in 1997 but I got to watch it in 2005. The story is about a young girl Sasha who lives alone with her father and misses a good friend in life. One day, a small puppy enters her life and the two become friends. She named her Halo thinking it to be a God’s gift. Everything goes fine but the twist in tale comes when Halo disappears and then begins Sasha’s relentless search. The end of the story totally takes the viewers by surprise as it is very poignant.

I liked the movie because it is based on very innocent and unadulterated feelings besides I loved the cinematography. The lush greenery looks awesome on screen. I wonder is Mumbai that green?

The girl who played Sasha has grown up and now she plays a pivotal role in Star Plus serial called Ba Bahoo or Baby or something. Pardon me if the title is wrong because I am totally out of touch from TV and never watch Indian soaps. But I had seen the trailers and recognized the girl πŸ™‚

Do you like any movie that is special to you, especially children’s movie?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2008 9:41 pm

    I love these top favorites from other cultures. Gives us so much more to insight into what is considered great cinema in more than just Hollywood and the West.

  2. bmk permalink
    October 28, 2008 5:39 am

    Taaray Zameen Par I could remember at the moment if you ask about Children’s movie. Lubly subject, I must say.

  3. October 28, 2008 5:57 am

    I may actually go see Makdee… sounds very fairytalish πŸ˜›

    Halo has potential but i’m scared it might turn out to be disappointing 😦

    my recommendations, and please do try them:

    ok this one here called Stardust
    it’s an adult version of fairytale… i could watchi this movie over and over again and won’t get tired of it…
    so fantastical and just so childish yet a very solid plot

    Maltilda… is another good children movie

    MouseHunt?! hehehe

    Tarzan was cute too… the disney version of it

    Charlie and the chocolate factory … ummm chocolates… πŸ˜›

    Jumungi and Zathura

    ok… this one was so much fun to watch… The Last Mimzy … an absolute gem

    out of all these, i would definitely recommend watching Stardush and The Last Mimzy

    take care!

  4. October 28, 2008 9:58 am

    saw none of the above you listed
    but i like “koi mil gaya” and watched that many times. coz that movie i think has fantastic standard of acting and expressions
    after reading this post im planning to add these listed movies to my P2P πŸ˜€

  5. Ordinary Girl permalink
    October 28, 2008 12:38 pm

    Ahem…i don’t watch kid movies…does that make me a child-hater? πŸ˜• Seriously, I love kids…sachi! πŸ™‚

  6. October 29, 2008 7:35 am

    OG ::: kid-O-Phobic πŸ˜›

  7. Π΄Β§mΠ΄ permalink
    October 30, 2008 8:46 am

    I saw “Makree” few months back .. oh goodness it was such an awesome movie. Shabana as well as the kids played so fine in it… thoroughly loved the whole idea and execution πŸ™‚

  8. Asma permalink
    October 30, 2008 8:12 pm

    You have a serious choice in movies – you like movies with story lines – no commercial stuff – same in my case I guess – that is why I watch very few films – dont have patience to waste time over gup shup story lines.

    Yaaro dosti…that song has some relevance to me because its connected to a good time in my life. A good friend type of a person listens to it a lot πŸ™‚

  9. Ayesha permalink
    November 1, 2008 9:22 am

    BMK: Tare Zameen Per was indeed a very nice movie but it was based on a very sensitive issue basically.

    Exquisite: From your list I have watched only Matilda and absolutely loved it. The rest of the movies are not known to me.

    You are right about Halo. It is a bit slow paced and there is every likelihood that you may not like it.

    DFR: I wanted to list Koi Mil Gaya too but just forgot to mention. I consider it a kids’ movie and it is one of my favorites πŸ™‚

    OG: From what I know about you, you are a die-hard fan of romance… so I can understand why you don’t like kid movies πŸ˜›

    Asma: Makree is interesting! πŸ™‚

    Asma: My choice in movies is weird. I like some really stupid movies too πŸ˜›
    But yes, I watch limited stuff firstly due to time constraint. Secondly, after watching loads of movies all those years, the same commercial, run of the mill stuff doesn’t appeal.

    I like that song too! πŸ™‚

  10. Asma permalink
    November 2, 2008 12:07 pm

    See – we both have good choice – Its SRKs birthday today πŸ˜›

  11. Ayesha permalink
    November 3, 2008 12:00 pm

    Hehehehehe! Yeah no doubt about good choice πŸ˜‰

    And Happy Birthday to SRK πŸ˜›

  12. bmk permalink
    November 10, 2008 9:28 am

    Last weekend, Sony MAX showed IJAAZAT. I had been looking for that movie in the movies rental shos for quite sometime.
    This was the 2nd time I watched Gulzar’s work. Loved his Mirza Ghalib play, a year ago & now Ijaazat. maza a’gaya tha, vaaqi…

  13. Ayesha permalink
    November 10, 2008 10:57 am

    Ijaazat is my all time favorite πŸ™‚

  14. bmk permalink
    November 11, 2008 3:56 am

    Which character did you like more? Rekha’s or the other lady’s? dunno whats her name?

  15. Ayesha permalink
    November 11, 2008 8:18 am

    The other lady. There was something special about her. She was crazy yet lovable. I think that is why Naseer’s character would go back to her πŸ™‚

  16. Ayesha permalink
    November 11, 2008 8:20 am

    Actually I feel very bad in the end when Naseer comes to know that Rekha is married and when she says I walked out without your permission (Ijaazat)earlier :S

    Although Naseer didn’t do good but one tends to feel for him in the end.

  17. November 11, 2008 10:40 am

    ek so sola (116)chaand ki ratain ek tumhare kaandhe ka til
    geeli mahendi ki khushbu, jhoot mooth ke shikwe kuch
    jhooth mooth ke wade sab yaad karaa do
    mera kuch saamaan tumhaare paas pada hai
    sab bhijwa do, mera vo saamaan lauta do

    ek ijaazat de do bas, jab isako dafanaaungee
    main bhi vaheen so jaungee
    main bhi vaheen so jaungee

  18. Ayesha permalink
    November 11, 2008 11:46 am

    Gulzar rocks!

    Mera kuch samaan

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