Bollywood is For Lovers

Bollywood is For Lovers

Join hosts Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser for a bi-weekly podcast that explores the wonderful world of Hindi Cinema through the lens of two Canadian cinephiles! Part of the Alberta Podcast Network.


July 22, 2021 62 min
We go back to 1993 to see how our beloved romantic hero Shah Rukh Khan shot to stardom in a pair of thrillers where he plays murderous obsessives.?

Show Notes:

  • The darkness in Shah Rukh Khan
  • Comparisons to Sarah Michelle Gellar?
  • King of Bollywood by Anupama Chopra
  • Baazigar
  • Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
  • A Kiss Before Dying and the 1991 movie version
  • Giallo
  • Songs: “Kitaben Bahut Si,” “Ae Mere Humsafar,” “Baazigar O Baazigar,” and “Yeh Kaali ...
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    Our favourite unobservant husband/intelligence officer/clueless father is back, and this time he's off to Chennai to stop a new threat because he loves the game (and we love him)!

    Show Notes:

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Netflix and Dil: Who Can Stop The Terrorists? Take Them Out For You? The Family Man Can!

  • NEXT TIME: SRK in Baazigar and Darr

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    June 23, 2021 140 min
    We made it to June, which means it’s time for our midyear review where we discuss all the notable Hindi-language films that were released in the first half of 2021, or at least the ones we bothered to watch. 

    Show Notes:

  • If you are able to lend your support to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in India, here is a list of verified organizations to donate to:
  • Tribhanga
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Bo...
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    We are thrilled to welcome creators, directors, and writers of OK Computer Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar to discuss their influences, worldview, and the making of our favourite science fiction comedy mystery series.  

    Show Notes:

  • OK Computer
  • Pooja Shetty’s Twitter and Instagram
  • Neil Pagedar’s Twitter and Instagram

  • NEXT TIME: 2021 midyear review

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    Our favourite boutique film label, Criterion, has finally acknowledged Hindi cinema with two series on their streaming channel devoted to acclaimed filmmakers Bimal Roy and Raj Kapoor. 

    Show Notes:

  • We checked the list, we have 133 Criterion films including the Eclipse box sets
  • The Criterion Collection and the Criterion Channel
  • NYT: How the Criterion Collection Crops Out African-American Directors
  • This is the podcast where the ...
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    Do you like robots? Yes! What about killer robots? Oh robots don’t kill you say? We’ll see about that! We get to the bottom of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics with Hotstar’s new sci-fi-comedy-mystery series OK Computer.

    Show Notes:

  • If you are able to lend your support to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in India, here is a list of verified organizations to donate to:
  • Ok Computer
  • Kani Kusru...
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    Karen Unland is back to discuss to two Indian adapatations of classic Jane Austen novels. 

    Show Notes:

  • Welcome back Karen Unland of That’s A Thing?!
  • Teen culture is all about remixing
  • That’s A Thing?!: “New life for Clone High, fake life for VTubers
  • Jane Austen
  • Hollywood’s love of Austen
  • Where are all the LGBTQ2S+ Austen adaptations?
  • Are we living in another Austen moment?

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  • Bride and Pr...
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    In this supplemental episode we discuss Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ new memoir, Unfinished, and her latest film project, The White Tiger.

    Show Notes:

  • 66th Filmfare Awards (the video Matt watched full of spoilers)
  • Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra Jonas
  • 73 Questions with Priyanka Chopra
  • Episode 6: Priyanka Chopra: Who's the Hottest Girl in the World?
  • The White Tiger
  • PCJ getting fashion advice from Tika

  • NEXT TIME: Austen adaptatio...
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    Happy Pi Day Lovers! To celebrate we’ve invited our friend Amanda Mullins on to discuss two films about women and math.

    Show Notes:

  • Welcome Amanda Mullins!
  • Erin may or may not have made cherry pie today
  • Studying maths
  • Erin claims to like math
  • Math stereotypes in movies
  • Number sense
  • The Futurama Theorem
  • Gender stereotypes of mathematicians in pop culture

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    March 3, 2021 71 min
    We continue to explore Amitabh Bachchan’s filmography, one year at a time. 

    Show Notes:

  • How we choose the movies for this series (hint: it’s random)
  • We couldn’t find Coolie
  • Thank you Rajat Dikshit
  • Khud-Daar
  • The theme of reuniting the family
  • Matt wants more tall man comedy
  • Flying car song: “Hat Ja Bajoo Nahin To Uda Doonga”
  • Dishoom “From Bombay With Love”
  • Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain I Love You” and “Disco 82

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    In our eleventh supplemental Matt speaks to scholar Brian Collins about the new book Bollywood Horrors: Religion, Violence and Cinematic Fears in India

    Show Notes:

  • Bollywood Horrors: Religion, Violence and Cinematic Fears in India edited by Ellen Goldberg, Aditi Sen, and Brian Collins
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch: Ramsay Brothers Horror and Bollywood at Cannes: Masaan, Titli and Miss Lovely
  • Carol J. Clover’s Final G...
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    Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers! Romance is in the air, so we’re discussing three romantic comedies featuring retired (?) leading man Imran Khan.

    Show Notes:

  • BiFL points are in the mail!
  • Imran Khan
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our poll!
  • A Bollywood Brokeback
  • Cleeeeeeeeo
  • Who ate Imran’s lunch?
  • Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
  • We didn’t know that Arbaaz and Sohail Khan grew up in Calgary

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    January 27, 2021 135 min
    Well, we made it through 2020, and all we have to show for it are 17 short movie reviews! Enjoy!

    Show Notes:

  • Thank you Rajat Dikshit!
  • Get in touch to claim those BiFL points!
  • Bulbbul
  • Dil Bechara
  • Shakuntala Devi
  • Lootcase
  • Raat Akeli Hai
  • Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
  • Class of ‘83

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  • Cargo
  • Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare
  • Khaali Peeli
  • Serious Men
  • Ludo
  • Chhalaang
  • Sir
  • Surag Pe Mangal Bhari
  • AK vs AK
  • Co...
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    In our tenth supplemental episode Matt speaks to film historian Debashree Mukherjee about her new book Bombay Hustle: Making Movies in a Colonial City.

    Show Notes:

  • Bombay Hustle: Making Movies in a Colonial City by Debashree Mukherjee
  • Saadat Hasan Manto
  • Shanta Apte
  • Amazon link to INR special edition of Bombay Hustle

  • NEXT TIME: 2020 year end review!

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    December 29, 2020 87 min
    We welcome back fellow podcaster Asim Burney to discuss two identical David Dhawan comedies made 25 years apart. 

    Show Notes:

  • Welcome Asim Burney of Upodcast and Khandaan
  • Judwaa episode
  • Twitter’s gonna hate
  • Should remakes exist at all?
  • Coolie No. 1 (1995)
  • How much ownership does Govinda have?
  • Comparisons to Jim Carrey and Umer Shareef
  • The songs are all bangers: “Coolie No. 1,” “Main Toh Raste Se Ja Raha Tha,” “Aa Jaana Aa jaana,” ...
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    We get in touch with our inner child by watching two Hindi-language children’s films.

    Show Notes:

  • Indian farmers strike
  • Get your BiFL points in!
  • Vikas Bahl and the closure of Phantom Films
  • We don’t see a lot of Hindi-language children’s films
  • 90s live-action children’s films: The Little Rascals, The Sandlot, etc.
  • Chillar Party
  • “For the love of dog”
  • Matt is in favour of civil disobedience 
  • Bollywood dog rankings
  • Comparisons to Gangs of...
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    In our annual Noirvember episode, we discuss two thrillers from the 1960s that maybe one could call noir, or neo-noir, or noir-ish... noir-esque?

    Show Notes:

  • The liquor store sent us twice as much Prosecco as we ordered
  • Our Noirvember playlist
  • Filmfare recommends: Best Bollywood noir films of the ’50s
  • Film Noir
  • Singapore
  • Songs: “Aane Laga Jeene Ka Maza,” “Dekho Ji Dekho,” “Tum Lakh Chhupana Chahoge,” “Hat Jao Deewane Aaye,” and...
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    We go backwards and forwards in time to uncover the true meaning of love, maybe, with three time traveling romances!

    Show Notes:

  • Thank you Amrita!
  • Does Erin really hate time travel movies?
  • Thermae Romae
  • Love Story 2050
  • Harman Baweja aka not Hrithik Roshan
  • Liking rain is not a personality
  • Why Amazon Prime? Why?
  • The future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted 
  • Space Mutiny 

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    Here's a quick bonus episode for you this week, as Erin was tasked with putting together a panel discussion on Bollywood podcasting for this year's inaugural YEGPodFest.

    She reached out to Asim Burney (Khandaan Podcast, Upodcast), Manish Mathur (It Pod To Be You, Queer and Now) and Ankur Desai (Parde Ke Peeche) to find out their thoughts about Bollywood podcasting in general, and specifically why Hindi cinema criticism is ...
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    In our sixth annual Hindi Horror Halloween, we are joined by writer and bookseller Matthew Stepanic to discuss two films about vengeful, supernatural women.

    Show Notes:

  • Matthew Stepanic, Glass Bookshop, and Glass Buffalo
  • Should horror movies be judged on how scary they are?
  • “Elevated horror”
  • Horror Story

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  • Stree
  • The “Nale Ba” urban legend
  • Balancing act between horror and comedy
  • The power of “f...
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