You don’t have to travel all the way to India to get a taste of some classic Indian culture. You can do that from the comfort of your couch on Netflix. In this article, we’ll go over some of the must-see Indian films on Netflix. And if, after watching these films, you get the urge to plan a trip to India, we’ll also offer some helpful visa advice.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Sometimes There is Joy, Sometimes There is Sorrow) is a 2001 romantic drama written and directed by Karan Johar. The film is set in a traditional Indian society and shows why and how some Indian traditions need to be changed.
The film is about a rich and strict Indian family that sticks to traditions. The family consists of a conservative father, gentle mother and two sons, the eldest of whom is adopted. This son falls in love with a girl from a lower class of society, which is strictly forbidden by the traditional rules within the family. He is cast out from the family when he refuses to give her up. Ten years later, the youngest son hatches a plan to bring his family back together.
Queen is a 2013 comedy drama directed by Vikas Bahl. This is a woman-centric film and is set in a conservative society, where women’s empowerment plays a major role and shows the changes needed in Indian society. Rani, the main character, is dumped by her fiancé because he thinks she is too conservative. She makes her own journey through Europe and visits cities like Paris and Amsterdam, where she learns what it is like to be independent and free. At the end of the film, she imagines how she wants to live her life and that she wants to live like a queen.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
1998’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Something Happens) is one of India’s most famous romantic comedies and Karan Johar’s directorial debut. The story combines two love triangles that are ten years apart. The first revolves around two best friends in a college, Rahul and Anjali. Anjali falls for Rahul, but he falls in love with someone else and knows nothing of Anjali’s feelings. Ten years later, the man is a widower and has a little daughter who meets her father’s best friend. The second half, however, also revolves around a love triangle, this time between the duo and Anjali’s fiancé.
Savour the atmosphere of Bollywood in India
If watching these movies inspires you to travel to India to get an up-close taste of the land of Bollywood, you will have to apply for an Indian visa. The visa is easy to apply for online so you don’t have to go to a consulate or embassy. However, the visa for India has both a validity period and a maximum stay of 30 days. So make sure you plan your trip accordingly.