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.


September 30, 2022 57 min
We go back to the 1980s to catch up with two testosterone-tastic action films featuring your favourite hero and ours, Amitabh Bachchan.

  • The Bachchan Series
  • The never-ending search for movies with subtitles
  • We couldn’t find 1986 or 1988
  • Mard
  • Best horse and best dog
  • Is Amrita Singh into BDSM?
  • Jabisco’s many costume changes
  • Hitchcock’s pure cinema
  • Is this The Mummy of its time
  • Mard Tangewala,” “Sun Rubia Tumse Pyar Ho Gaya,” “Hum To...
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    It’s back to school season, at least for some people, and we are hitting the books with two films about the right to education. 


  • Paani on, donations to Pakistani refugees
  •, a list of charities in the region trying to help
  • 67th Filmfare Awards
  • These awards are just copying the BiFL Awards
  • We need to watch Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi
  • Erin loves back to school shopping and Canadian department stores
  • Taare Zam...
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    We do our best to not feel the wrath of these women scorned as we check out three recent(ish) black comedies with female leads. Also lots of good music recommendations in this one.


  • Black Comedy
  • That Mel Brooks quote was basically right: “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
  • Pushing The Envelope: Being Cyrus and Delhi Belly, with Suchin Mehrotra
  • Not dependent on wordplay and p...
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    After a four year hiatus, Ranbir Kapoor is back! So we’re going back to look at a couple of his early roles. 


  • Mother India is obviously the Mother of the Year
  • Ranbir Kapoor
  • Method acting and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
  • We are discussing method acting in America where Kapoor studied, and not method acting in India like Dilip Kumar
  • Marlon Brando
  • Do you want to hear us discuss Saawariya
  • RKs two modes: sad bo...
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    Strap on your invisibility bracelets Lovers, we’re teaming up to save the day with the one and only Mr. India!


  • Why doesn’t EPL want to buy Mr. India?
  • Shekhar Kapur
  • Bandit Queen and “The Great Indian Rape Trick
  • Elizabeth, The Four Feathers, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • The novelization of Elizabeth
  • Kapur’s many unrealized projects
  • Mr. India
  • Salim-Javed
  • Fu Manchu and Zorro
  • (INTERVAL (“Hawa Hawai” from Mr. India)

  • Justice fo...
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    June 30, 2022 106 min
    It’s time for another midyear review where we discuss 12 of the most notable Hindi-language films released in the past six months.

  • Looop Lapeta
  • Gehraiyaan
  • Badhaai Do
  • Gangubai Kathiawadi
  • Bachchhan Paandey
  • Jalsa
  • (INTERVAL (“Ami Je Tomar” from Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2)

  • Sharmaji Namkeen
  • Heropanti 2
  • Thar
  • Jayeshbhai Jordaar
  • Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
  • Anek
  • Next time: Anil Kapoor

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    We set out on the back country trails with three modern takes on the western genre. 


  • Content Warning: two of these films feature sexual assault as plot points
  • What is a Western? Did they die out? 
  • The Emergency
  • The period Hindi Westerns: The Magnificent Two (Sholay)
  • Revisionist Hollywood Westerns, Dark Westerns, Blaxploitation Westerns, the list goes on
  • We miss Irrfan Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput
  • Spoiler alert, none of the...
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    We go for a ride with three films about destructive car accidents and the wreckage they leave behind.

    Show notes:

  • Did Erin invent a new genre?
  • Class, privilege, and getting away with murder
  • Chappaquiddick
  • Shaitan
  • Gregg Araki
  • Anurag Kashyap’s unreleased Paanch
  • The anti-Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
  • Matt was thinking of Very Bad Things
  • (INTERVAL (“Hawa Hawai” from Shaitan)

  • Talaash: The Answer Lies Within
  • Warning there will be spoilers
  • R...
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    With the Criterion Channel now streaming the work of Guru Dutt, we discuss the acclaimed director’s most iconic film, Pyaasa

    Show notes:

  • We upgraded our mic setup
  • Criterion Channel’s The World of Guru Dutt
  • Past episodes: Dev Anand’s Bombay Noir and Noir ‘58
  • Mr. Criterion: Do Bigha Zamin and Shree 420
  • Bollywood doesn’t need Western validation, but accessibility is nice
  • Pyaasa
  • The Goddess Who Carries The Burden of The World, Moth...
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    We dust off our bats and take a swing at the World Cup with two cricket biopics.

    Show notes:

  • Chess boxing
  • Past sports episodes: 6, 24, 27, & 118
  • M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
  • Is Neeraj Pandey on a downward streak?
  • Dhoni really just wants to play soccer
  • Why can’t these films afford decent wigs?!
  • You shouldn’t have to be familiar with the subject matter to enjoy the film
  • Dhoni is remarkable because he is remarkable
  • We miss Sushant ...
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    We wrap up Madhuri Madness month with a look at Madhuri Dixit’s foray into streaming TV, the buzzy Netflix family mystery The Fame Game.

    Show notes:

  • Supplemental Episode 3: Sri Rao's Bollywood Kitchen!
  • The Fame Game
  • Spoiler Zone: 37:06 - 45:00

  • NEXT TIME: Cricket Biopics

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    March 17, 2022 58 min
    March Madness is here, but it isn't basketball we're excited about, it's Madhuri Dixit! Kicking off our series on one of Bollywood's most talented leading ladies, we discuss two early roles. 

    Show notes:

  • March Madness is a US college basketball thing
  • The stans took over our Twitter poll
  • Madhuri Dixit
  • Anil Kapoor’s 80s: Mashaal, Chameli Ki Shaadi, and Tezaab
  • Parinda
  • Split Screen Podcast: The Hollywood Remake of Pari...
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    We dive head-first into the buzzy new Netflix show about romantic obsession and small-town power, but is it worth more than an eye-roll?

    Show notes:

  • Tried and Refused Productions' review
  • Rahul Desai's review at Film Companion
  • Suchin Mehrotra's review at Film Companion
  • NEXT TIME: Madhuri Madness begins!

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    February 11, 2022 93 min
    Happy Valentine's Day Lovers! We welcome back film critic, fellow podcaster, and romance aficionado Manish Mathur to discuss art imitating life with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in Guru

    Show notes:

  • Welcome back Manish!
  • Remembering Lata Mangeshkar
  • Are couples who work together in Hollywood cursed?
  • Manish willed it into existence, Penélope Cruz got the Oscar nom!
  • Iconic Bollywood power couples
  • (INTERVAL (“Tere Bina...
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    February 3, 2022 16 min
    Matt and Erin hand out the sixth annual BiFL Awards for 2021 achievements in Hindi Cinema. 

    Show notes:

  • Karan Johar Memorial Award for Best Costume Design
  • Sanju Award for Excellence in Hair Design
  • Parineeti Chopra Award for Innovation in Makeup Design
  • Humshackles Award for Most Appearances by an Actor in a Film
  • Johnny Lever Award for Least amount of Effort Used in Constructing a Character
  • Hero’s Girlfriend Award for Biggest Waste ...
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    January 26, 2022 102 min
    Happy New Year Lovers! As always, we've spent the first weeks of the new year catching up with films from the previous year, and we're here to tell you about it. 
    Show notes:
  • Haseen Dillruba
  • Toofaan (Episode 118)
  • Mimi
  • Shershaah
  • Chehre
  • Bhoot Police (Episode 121)
  • Sanak
  • Sardar Udham (Episode 125)
  • (INTERVAL (“Param Sundari” from Mimi)

  • Hum Do Hamare Do
  • Meenakshi Sundareshwar
  • Sooryavanshi
  • Bunty Aur Babli 2
  • Bob Biswas
  • Chandigarh Kare...
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    We bone up on our Indian history with three biopics about revolutionaries during the Indian independence movement.

    Show notes:

  • The Indian independence movement lasted from 1857 to 1947, but keep in mind we are not experts in Indian history when listening to this episode...
  • Episode 88: Playing With The Past: Gandhi and Rang De Basanti with Torrey Dance
  • What we learned about India in history class (basically nothing)
  • Cycles of rev...
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    In our annual Noirvember episode, we discuss two moody murder mysteries from 1958. 
    Show notes:

  • Our Noirvember playlist
  • As we always point out, film noir is not a genre
  • "The Rebirth of India's Forgotten Cinema in the Age of the Internet"
  • Tommydan55 and Tommydan333
  • Howrah Bridge
  • Kolkata as a mystery city
  • Racist sterotypes 
  • Songs

  • (INTERVAL “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chuu" from Howrah Bridge)

  • 12 O'Clock
  • Johnny Wal...
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    Sooryavanshi has finally unloaded itself into theatres and our good friend and cinephile Devin Bruce has dropped by to discuss Rohit Shetty’s ethically questionable Cop Universe.

    Show notes:

    Heads up, one of these films deals with sexual violence.

    • Devin's in the three-timers club
    • Singham is the most important being that has ever existed
    • Rohit Shetty's Cop Universe (we haven't seen Sooryavanshi yet)
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    The witching hour is almost here, and we're not done with our annual Hindi Horror Halloween! Inspired by Kier-La Janisse's Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, we explore the folk horror subgenre and how we see it being realized in Hindi-langauge filmmaking including in Rahi Anil Barve's Tumbbad.

    Show Notes:

  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
  • All the Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium of Folk Horro...
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