Category Archives: Indian Movies

Outsourced: The Series

Have you guys heard about the new NBC comedy coming out this fall? It is basically a spinoff of the movie with the same name, Outsourced.

Here is the description from the NBC website.

Mid America Novelties sells products like whoopee cushions, foam fingers, and wallets made of bacon. Yes, this is the stuff upon which the American way of life is built, but try explaining that to someone who lives on the other side of the world.

Well, that’s exactly what Todd Donovan must do when he’s sent to run the company’s call center in India. Talk about culture shock, and not just for Todd’s employees. While Todd has to teach them how to make the up-sell to the Deluxe Twin Beer Helmet, he’s going to have to adapt as well. Like in a country where cows are sacred, perhaps you don’t order a double cheeseburger.

Wish him luck. Or as they say in India, Saubhagya.

So, I’ve marked my calendar for September 23rd at 9:30 (8:30 central). Will you be tuning in?

The Other End of the Line Movie

So my friend and I were scouring Blockbuster the other night – looking for a decent movie to watch while our husbands were out. I spotted the movie: “The Other End of the Line.” I was naturally drawn to it since it was a “East Marries West” type of movie - in true IndianTies fashion!

My first thought was that this might be the movie version of the book, Once Upon A Timezone. I reviewed the book a few months ago. I looked through the credits pretty closely and didn’t see any indication that it was based on the novel. So it must just be a coincidence that the plots are very similar! (Although in the movie the Indian character was the girl – in the book the Indian character was the guy).
The basic story line of the movie is the main character, Priya (Shriya Saran) works in an Indian call center. She helps an American man (Jesse Metcalfe) sort out his credit card troubles and in the process begins to fall in love with the voice on the other end of the line. When he offers a chance to meet her – she jumps at it – although he doesn’t know he’s been talking to a girl in India this whole time. She hops on a plane to see if this is her one true love but things don’t quite turn out how she expected.
My friend and I enjoyed the light-hearted story. It was slightly unrealistic – and the main thing that annoyed me was that the Indian characters just jumped on a plane to America…. Um…do they not have to get visas??? But otherwise it was a nice movie about dreams and destiny and intercultural love.
Anyone else seen the movie? What did you think?


Amitabh Bachchan’s Blog

Along the same lines as yesterday’s post

In case you’ve not yet discovered or read Amitabh Bachchan’s blog, be sure to check it out while you’re feeling the Bollywood Spirit! It is an interesting look into the mind/thoughts and day to day activities of one of Bollywood’s biggest icons.

I have to say, the most entertaining part of his blog is reading the fan letters, which people post in the comments section. Lets just say some people are really desperate to meet him or have some kind of interaction with him. I guess that’s a testimony of how hard he’s worked over the years, and the status he’s achieved today, in his 60’s.


Photo above is from www.bigb.bigadda.com


Bolly-WHAT?



The first Bollywood movie I ever remember watching was Lagaan. I was planning to go to India for the first time and thought I’d get a head start on my cultural experiences. The song in the video clip above is my favorite from the movie. I made one of my friends sit through the whole movie with me… at the end I remember her asking me if I could ever see myself marrying an Indian guy…I assured her that I didn’t see that in my future. Hmm…things change I guess! (But that’s another story!) I did enjoy the movie (although it’s super-long) and by then end I definitely had a feeling for Indian cinema (and Cricket too!)


BUT, in case you missed the latest SRK film (or don’t even know who or what SRK is!), or if you’d just like to get the run-down on the few Bollywood films that you actually haven’t seen… check out bollywhat.com. It is a fun website that gives everything from their top 10 Bollywood movie must-sees, to lyric/vocabulary translations, and of course a “Newcomers Guide to Bollywood.”

Some of the questions they attempt to answer…
There’s even a section that discusses the other film industries in India…”Beyond Bombay.” The website is targeted at those of us who haven’t grown up watching Bollywood for our whole lives. You might just learn something you never knew before!

Are there any other websites you’ve found useful in learning about Bollywood? How did you get your introduction into the world of Indian cinema?


Don’t Miss "The Story of India: Six Part Series"




If you’re like me, you missed out on the PBS premier of “The Story of India.” The debut of this six part mini series was last night (January 5th). My husband’s aunt watched it & told me about it, she really enjoyed it. I was sad that I missed the first part – but it looks like it will air again throughout the week. Check your local listings to be sure, but the next part is scheduled to air on Monday, January 12th.

In this lavishly illustrated companion to his BBC TV series, Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world’s population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world’s largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India’s present in the incredible riches of her past.

From the Khyber Pass and the Himalayas to the tropical jungles of India’s Deep South, this original and striking survey of Indian history provides vivid portraits of India’s regions and cultures, and new insights into some of history’s greatest figures: the Buddha and Ashoka, Samudragupta and Akbar the Great, Nehru and Gandhi. It explores the ways in which Indian ideas and inventions have shaped the history of the world, and shows how some of ancient India’s conclusions about the nature of civilization have lost none of their relevance for our own times.

PBS has a beautiful website set up with tons of interactive content. If you really like the series, you can buy the book or DVD as well.

I think it is important for those of us in intercultural Indian relationships to learn about the history of India. I can’t speak for other countries, but in America, our world history is quite limited in school! I want my kids to learn about both their American and Indian heritage. I’m looking forward to watching all 6 parts in this series!






Outsourced: The Movie

I recently watched the DVD “Outsourced.” It is a movie about a guy who is a manager in a call center in the USA, but his department gets outsourced to India and in order to keep his job, he has to go to India to train the workers at the new call center. At first everything goes wrong – from “Delhi-belly” to cows wandering into the office, until he finally realizes that he has to stop resisting India. When he learns to “go with the flow” and try to learn about and appreciate the culture, things go much better for him.
Along the way, he falls for one of the Indian girls who works for him. While many things in the movie were quite true to life, the relationship went far too quickly, and I felt it was quite unrealistic. Other than that I found the movie to be quite enjoyable and fun to watch! Check out the official Outsourced website for more information & watch the trailer right here:

Cheetah Girls: One World

Everywhere I turn these days, I see India’s influence on the West. Indian restaurants are becoming more mainstream, yoga is “cool”, and now Disney goes Bollywood!

In August, a classic Disney made-for-TV movie debuted with an Indian twist. In the Cheetah Girls: One World, the wanna-be pop star trio are offered parts in a Indian movie, so they jet off to India – only to discover there is only one role. The rest of the movie is about their friendship being put to the test and how they decide their friendship is more important than fame.

Even though I knew the target audience for this movie was pre-teen and teen girls, I decided to tune in to the movie the night it came out – mainly because I was curious to see how true to life it would be. Overall I’d say it was well-done. I enjoyed, the Indian setting, and the costumes and some of the song and dance numbers as well. The plot was a typical for a teen movie. However, it is amazing that even on the Disney channel, you find American girls falling for Indian boys! :-)

If you saw the movie, let me know what you thought. If you missed the movie, I’m sure that Disney will replay it. Or for a quick peek at one of the most elaborate songs in the movie, click here. I also enjoyed exploring the official One World website – click here to check it out.

A Bollywood Workout

















Everyone loves a good Bollywood movie, right? Is it the romance, the plot… or the song & dance routines? If you ask me – it has to be the dancing! What would Bollywood be without it? If you’ve ever secretly danced along to one of Shah Rukh Khan’s numbers in your living room, you just might be ready to take the next step: Bollywood dance workouts! Personally I’m not much of a dancer – but even I find this new workout series intriguing!

So if you think you can keep up – check out Bollywood Burn:

Bollywood Burn with Hemalayaa

Spice up your workout and boogie to the bhangra beat. Fitness star and yogini Hemalayaa leads you through three 15-minute programs inspired by the sassy, sexy moves seen in hit Indian films. The first gets you in the groove, the second ups the cardio, and the third has you shimmying like a Bollywood film beauty. Tone your core, hips, and thighs, lose weight, dance away stress, and have fun. For all fitness and experience levels.

If you want to find out more, see this preview on YouTube, or check out Ellen DeGeneres dancing along with Hemalayaa! If you’re ready to get your copy, you can find it here!

Staying in Touch








When we were going through some old family photos, we came across one that is priceless! I came to know that my father-in-law went to school with Amitabh Bachchan. The above photo was taken during their school days at Sherwood School in Nanital, U.P., India. Amitabh Bachchan is on the right, and my father-in-law is on the left. I love hearing the stories of all the fun they used to have.

I think family photos are such a treasure. I try to take as many photos and videos as I can & share them with all of our family & friends who are scattered all around the world. These days it is so much easier to take lots of pictures with digital cameras and store & share them in online photo albums and blogs. My mother-in-law even knows how to chat with us through her webcam! The world is definitely becoming a smaller place – perfect for cross-continental families!

Don’t know where to start? Try these free & user-friendly options for staying in touch over long distances:


My Bollywood Bride










I just finished watching the movie, “My Faraway Bride”
(also known as “My Bollywood Bride”)

It’s a great fusion movie between Hollywood and Bollywood. But more importantly, it is an example of how mainstream bi-cultural relationships are becoming. The story is an american writer falls in love with a Bollywood actress, but doesn’t know of her fame. When she leaves America without saying goodbye, he follows her to India. There, he discovers that she is one of the top Bollywood actresses, and also that she is engaged to be married. It is a great story which ties in the cultural aspects . The story is written by Brad Listermann, and his wife, Kashmera Shah (who plays the main character). They have loosly based the movie on their own story. To read more about their true life love story, click here. For more information about the movie, click here.