Monday, March 8, 2010

The Collection Thus Far, or, Your Advice Needed

Everyone who watches Hindi (and other Indian) films knows that a favorite pastime among their fans is to compare and brag about DVD collections--and I'm no exception. I'm doing an inventory of my DVDs, partly just to see what I've got, partly to see what's bootlegged that I need legit copies of (ssh, don't tell), and partly to make certain that when I place my bi-annual big order that I don't repeat myself or leave anything out. So far, this is what I own:

  • 36 China Town
  • Aaja Nachle
  • Bluffmaster
  • Bomarillu
  • Bunty Aur Babli
  • Chak De! India
  • Chameli
  • Chup Chup Ke
  • Devdas
  • Dhokha
  • Dhoom:2
  • Dil Mange More
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • Don (the SRK one)
  • Dostana
  • Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
  • Hum Tum
  • Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
  • Jab We Met
  • Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
  • Jodhaa Akbar
  • Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • Kismat Konnection
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • Main Hoon Na
  • Parineeta
  • Pinjar
  • Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
  • Refugee
  • Saathiya
  • Saawariya
  • Salaam –e-Ishq
  • Tashan
  • Veer Zaara
  • Welcome to Sajjanpur
And here's the order I'm planning on making:

Bachna Ae Haseeno (Hindi)

Wake Up Sid (Hindi-2Disc)

Godavari DD® 5.1 (Single Disc Edition)

Billu Barber (Hindi)

Athadu DD® 5.1

Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam DD® 5.1 (24FPS Progressive)

Nuvvosthanante Nenoddantana

Anand DD® 5.1

Fanaa (Hindi)

Kaminey (Hindi)

Chance Pe Dance (Hindi)

Billa DD® 5.1 (24FPS Progressive DVD)

Ghajini (2-Disc) (Hindi)

Edited to add: You guys, I have seen Chance Pe Dance. Seriously. I know what I'm paying for. I want to know what you think I should buy, not what you think I shouldn't.

Sorry about the numbers and weird formatting, I just copied and pasted from my cart. Now, clearly there's no way for me not to buy a Shahid movie (sorry, @pareshg) so even though Chance Pe Dance is in all likelihood second- or third-tier that's just gonna have to stay.

However, I'm open to advice. What one movie did you gasp about and say, "I can't believe she doesn't have ______________"? Or more than one, that's fine. I'm curious... What should I be buying, in your opinion?


  1. Shouldn't you have Dil Bole Hadippa?

    Also, Om Shanti Om, for sure. And I really enjoyed Love Aaj Kal.

  2. Distinct lack of oldies there, yaar. Did you enjoy some of the oldies you've seen enough to buy them? Sholay perhaps?

    My collection would ideally only be rewatch-worthy films (though it's not, there's plenty of bad films), films I could watch a million times and/or would love to sit a friend down to watch with me. I don't think there's any better parameter to must-own, though, like I don't think you need to own this or that classic JUST because it's a classic. I don't believe in composing lists like this one:

  3. Chance pe dance? As a fellow Shahid fan I advice you not to waste your money on it lol.

    Is the Anand on your list the one directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee? That's a classic with fantastic music. But I recommend you also try his Khubsoorat and Golmaal. I actually enjoyed them more than Anand.

  4. Magpie Ima: Yeeaahh, I guess I should. I just don't know if I can bring myself to pay full price for it! Oh, and I haven't seen either of the two you mentioned so I should look up at least one. :-)

    veracious: I'm with you on the not-owning-simply-due-to-the-classic-label thing. That's partly why I don't have any oldies--the majority simply not my cuppa, and partly because the ones I really like have crap quality DVDs, yk?

    Sonia: Eh, I even watched that Chatum Tanning dance movie so I can definitely stand Shahid's. ;-) The Anand on my list is this one; the director is Shekhar Kammula.

  5. If you buy anything Shahid you should get 36 china town and vivah not great movies but both are better than dance pe chance.

  6. I have 36 China Town, but I HATE Vivah. Hate. And he doesn't even dance in it! It's possibly the only one I'll never buy, and that's speaking as someone who owns Chup Chup Ke.

  7. Chance pe Dance is worth it if you are as much of a fan as me...

    What?!? No 3 Idiots? But then again I don't know if the DVD is out yet...

  8. As tBF is on break, i wud shout 'no Lagaan' ? ! ?

    (or even Rang De Basanti, the best director's commentry it has)

    And from me 'Luck By Chance'.

    PS: Loved Shahid in Vivaah :-)

  9. If despite being the world's biggest Shahid fan you hated Vivah, which like Darshit I really enjoyed, then I'm not sure you should trust my advice about what DVDs to buy!

    But if you're a fan of Jodhaa Akbar and SLB (I didn't see Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam on your list, but didn't you review it?) you might like two older films that we re-watch frequently: Mughal-e-Azam (we've got the Shemaroo colorized version) and the 1981 Umrao Jaan. While neither one has the technical polish of current movies, they both have excellent soundtracks and great performances by their leading actresses (Madhubhala and Rekha).

  10. MsBlogger: I haven't seen 3i yet; it seems to be a hit or miss film for non-Indians so I really want to see it before ordering, yk?

    Darshit: Hayye Rabba, you're right! How could I have overlooked Lagaan??? Ooh, and Luck By Chance. Very good.

    Pessimisissimo: I'm pretty sure I'm the only person in the world who disliked the film, so that doesn't disqualify you at all. :-D I *do* have HDDCS; I don't know why I didn't list it! And I certainly agree about the Rekha Umrao Jaan. I haven't seen all of Mughal-e-Azam yet but Madhubala is indeed divine.

  11. Ajnabi... three words:Socha Na Tha... Imtiaz Ali and Abhay Deol's underrated debut, with a very young looking, sweet Ayesha Takia. It's got all that quiet family filmi goodness, a tight script and a convincing Wake Up Sid thing performed by Abhay Deol.Maybe you've seen it? I have it in my collection... and trust me: I share your Shahid-pyaar and a profound love for the Telugu Anand !!
    And btw...Godavari...good stuff!!

  12. Lots of new films on your list but as a lifelong Bollywood fan I encourage you to seek out some older ones. It doesn't matter how old a film is - it's always new to you the first time you see it. I wasn't sure how to list all the recommendations I had so I made a blog post of them all. I separated them by Amitabh movies (my favorite actor) and non-Amitabh ones. Enjoy and happy viewing!

    Amitabh movies -

    Non Amitabh movies -

  13. Kandukondain Kandukondain is technically Kollywood, not Bollywood, but it's soooooooo pretty and one of my favorite Sense and Sensibility adaptations. You should totally get it.

    I second the recommendation for Love Aaj Kal, too -- I really liked that film. Dil Bole Hadippa! has too much cricket, but is probably worth it in terms of pretty Shahid, feisty Rani, and general oooh! shiny-ness.

  14. I was going to recommend some oldies (mostly cute comedies like 'Chupke Chupke' and 'Chashme Buddoor') but I see from a previous comment that they're mostly not really your thing... so I'll recommend 'Dil Chahta Hai' and maybe the 'Munna Bhai MBBS' movies....

  15. Om Shanti Om, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Deewaar, Dev.D and Dil Chahta Hai. Can't go wrong with any of those :)

  16. Pardesi: Socha Na Tha! That sounds awesome.

    Sanket: I adore the black-and-white classics, like Awaara and Shree 420, but I just feel so nervous about the print quality on the DVDs, you know? I love your lists and will be definitely choosing some titles based on them.

    Heqit: I definitely will get KK, although not from Bhavani since they have the wrong copy.

    Anonymous: The sixties and seventies aren't really that much of a draw for me, as you said, but the 40's and 50's totally are. And how on earth did I not include DCH on my list? I do own it!

    Ness: Deewaar! I must get it, and Dev.D as well. Thanks!

  17. This is a really good idea, Ajnabi, and one that should be borrowed too! :)

    I was a little concerned until I saw Darshit's comment :P The Lagaan disc set would be a beautiful addition to any collection, and so would Taare Zameen Par (but you'd have to get the Disney U.S. version locally for it to work here, unless you have an all-region player).

    Might also be a good idea, if only for the sake of more completeness, to get some of the all-time biggies like Mughal-e-Azam, Pyaasa, and Sholay, and some of the many classics starring Dilip Kumar, Guru Dutt, and Amitabh Bachchan.

  18. OH, oh, this one is very 'goooooo woman!!' in its subject, but do watch Astitva (Tabu!);Arth is a good one as well (Shabana Azmi.
    Satyajit Ray for your collection, Apu trilogy is my favourite.

  19. The Bollywood Fan: Sholay, I must have. Do you know if anyone has a good print of Pyaasa?

    Supriya: I've never heard of Astitva! Arth has lots of great reviews out there so I'll see if I can find it.

  20. This is a collection to die for - Guru Dutt's six films Induna is running out of stock right now. But its must have. Including Pyaasa, Kagaz ke Phool, Chaudvi ka chand and more.

  21. Oh forgot! 2 comedies - Andaaz Apna Apna (Howlarious) and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron.

  22. The tamil movie Abhiyum Naanum with Trisha and Prakash dad is one you might want to check out. It is a sweet movie about the father-daughter bond. I came across it w/english subtitles on cough* youtube *cough and definitely looking to add it to my collection.

  23. If you're going to watch oldies, then I'll recommend two: Blackmail and Chupke Chupke. They're both fantastic.

    For more recent fare, I second Socha Na Tha and Love Aaj Kal.

    And I saw two Telugu movies I'd recommend to someone who liked Asoka and Braveheart - Magadheera and Arundhati. They're not historicals but they're reincarnation action bizarros that were a ton of fun.


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