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:
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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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