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Movies for Foodies? 7 must-see Bollywood Movies for all Food Lovers!

Here are few Bollywood movies that every Indian food lover must watch

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A meal at a restaurant. Pixabay

December 26, 2016: If you are a foodie and your idea of a perfect day means curling up on sofa, watching a nice movie and having your favourite food- well, here is a perfect solution. Film industry has always been inspired by food. Hollywood has been making some great food movies since a long time. Movies like Ratatouille, Burnt, No Reservations, Chef, Julie and Julia, The Hundred-Foot journey, and much more have been appreciated worldwide.

Bollywood is not very far. We have been having a lot of food-centric movies in the past few years. Here are a few Hindi food movies we have enjoyed:

  1. Baawarchi

Light hearted comedy movie, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Bawarchi showed Rajesh Khanna, as Raghu, working as a cook for a lazy joint family. Making delicious cuisines is just one of the many talents of Raghu. He manages the household and performs the chores at a lightning speed.

The movie is a sheer novelty of actors, script as well as songs.

  1. Ramji Londonwale

This 2005 movie starred R. Madhavan and a guest appearance from none other than Amitabh Bachchan. Though the movie was released without any mega hype, the plot of the movie does all the talking. The story of how a cook from a small town in India reaches London only to find out that his boss is dead.

He makes Indian delicacies to impress his love interest. The idea of sugar-free halwa makes him very popular among the London crowd.

  1. Cheeni Kum

The R Balakrishnan directed, Cheeni Kum, portrayed the love story of a 64-year-old chef at the finest Indian Restaurant in London and a 34-year-old software engineer. The twist comes in the story when Amitabh has to impress his father-in-law.

This is the only Indian movie till date that gives you an insight to a kitchen, run by an India.  The old chef prepares delicacies to prove his worth to his father-in-law.

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  1. Stanley ka Dabba

Amol Gupte directed this beautiful movie. It will definitely make you nostalgic by making you remember all those moments in School when you shared your lunch boxes.

While looking at all the tasty dishes in the tiffins, you don’t realize the end will take you to a Dhaba where Stanley works. His condition will make you realize the importance of every single bite.

  1. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana

The plot of the movie is how Om struggles to find the secret ingredient in his daarji’s chicken curry that made it so damn good. He needs to find this ingredient to protect his family from a crisis.

The film shows how much people can bond over a hot kadhai.

  1. English Vinglish

This movie is not just about the struggle of an Indian housewife, trying to keep up with his husband and modern kids.

Shashi’s business started gaining popularity. It was the only hope in her life where her family kept demeaning her. She finds a friend in the US who is a French chef. So, basically, the story revolved around food.

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  1. The Lunchbox

The story of how a tiffin services mess up and give the Ila’s tiffin to Saajan Fernandes, instead of her husband. Ila had been trying to impress his husbands by making him delicious meals.

Saajan appreciation gives her confidence and they make a special bond over their love for food.

We, Indians, have always had a special relationship with food. We need more of such movies because the life is brightest when the food is best.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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When You Engage in ‘Hedonic Consumption’? Read Here To Find Out

"Emotional consumption is usually food because it's easily accessible and available to most people,"

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Some research suggests "hedonic consumption" doesn't help because it could lead to a vicious cycle of eating unhealthily and its associated guilt factors. Pixabay

If you start binging on fast food, savour dark chocolates or can’t resist that ice cream, this may be because of an emotional event like a recent break-up as there is science behind this behaviour, says a study.

Reacting to emotional events like break-ups, tends to involve reaching for the nearest unhealthy snack which is called “hedonic consumption”, said Nitika Garg, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) at Sydney Business School.

“When you engage in ‘hedonic consumption’, you always have some kind of emotion attached to it,” she added.

When you’re sad, you tend to go for overconsumption – hedonic consumption – as therapy.

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“We tend to focus on sadness and what it does to consumption but there’s also this unexpected good effect of happiness,” Garg suggested. Pixabay

“Be it ice cream or a luxury handbag, there are always emotions attached,” Garg said.

Research shows when people are made aware of emotion effects, they go away.

“One of the mechanisms to curbing hedonic consumption is making people aware of the behaviour by providing nutritional information,” Garg noted.

On the flip side, experiencing happiness actually curbs the consumption of unhealthy food products.

“Happiness is shown to increase the consumption of products people believe to be healthy,” said the professor.

In her research, the UNSW academic offered both M&M chocolates and sweet dried fruit sultanas to happy and sad people.

She found that happy people don’t eat M&Ms but they do eat sultanas a lot more.

“We tend to focus on sadness and what it does to consumption but there’s also this unexpected good effect of happiness,” Garg suggested.

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When you’re sad, you tend to go for overconsumption – hedonic consumption – as therapy. Pixabay

Some research suggests “hedonic consumption” doesn’t help because it could lead to a vicious cycle of eating unhealthily and its associated guilt factors.

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“Emotional consumption is usually food because it’s easily accessible and available to most people,” said Garg who received a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad.

“People go for what seems easiest to them in terms of familiarity and in terms of accessibility for ‘hedonic consumption’,” the professor added. (IANS)