Top 10 Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day

May 8, 2009 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

It’s easy to rate a movie I watch, summarize, and determine whether or not I really enjoyed it…but it takes serious effort to compose lists of favorites in any category. Even to say ‘my favorite movie is-‘ or ‘my favorite book is-‘ can be the question of the century without any definite answer. You might like one romantic film more than one horror flick for one reason, and prefer the other movie for yet another reason. So here goes, my top 10  Bollywood movies for a rainy day…when there’s just nothing you can do but sit at home and snuggle up with a bowl of popcorn and a bottle of Thums Up…

  10. Baton Baton Mein (1979)

Amol Palekar looks rather like a creepy comic book store nerd in this movie, which is rather amusing…considering his character is a cartoonist. With a runtime of under 2 hours, and very little music…this is still a touching look at the gentle growth of affection between two people who meet each other on a train…both are ordinary, without major problems in their family lives…there is no great drama to add the ‘roll-your-eyes’ weepy moments, and hey…there’s a quick cameo from Asrani. What more could you ask for a movie when it’s drizzling outside?


9. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

I loved this movie, but…it is long. It is incredibly LONG. Not that it’s the longest Bollywood movie in history, they generally do run over 2-3 hours…and it is certainly not flawless. But hey, some of us just need a bit of SRK and Kajol when there’s a gloomy cloud outside…(I wouldn’t ever recommend Kuch Kuch Hota Hai…because I don’t like it.)dilwale-dulhania-le-jayenge-wallpaper


8. Rafoo Chakkar (1975)

This is a quirky Indian remake of ‘Some Like it Hot’. The first half of the movie, barring a few details to give it a complete Bollywood feel, the plot is followed to a T. Mind you, the second half of the movie comes out of left field, and definitely confuses anyone who grew up watching the original American version…but it really is fun to watch Rishi and Paintal sashay around in retro dresses? Long and slow at times, this movie is still fantastically enjoyable for any Rishi fans…and especially for Paintal lovers. Did I mention that Asrani is also in this one?


7. Swayamvar (1980)

This is just a cute movie…and it has Sanjeev Kumar as well as Shashi Kapoor. You’ll find that at least one of his movies will be on all of my lists (hopefully not ‘top 10 worst Indian movies of all time’…) Sort of Cinderella meets Grizzlebeard would be the best way to describe it. And hey, the amazing combination of Kishore Kumar and Rafi really add a nice touch. Watching this movie sort of made it feel like every day was going to be sunny after the rain stopped, when I watched it in bad weather.swa8


6. Pyaasa (1957)

By no measure is Pyaasa the least entertaining movie on this list, but the fact that it’s so incredibly depressing keeps it at number 6. Sometimes on rainy days, you don’t want to feel miserable…you want colors and dancing. The music in this film is beautiful, the scenes are like a walk through a beautiful yet empty world. I’ll save the summary for another day, but suffice it to say…though there isn’t any, it feels as if it’s always raining in this movie…the very feeling from beginning to end.


5. Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) 

Who could forget the trippy song wherein Rupa imagines her beau taking her into his arms in several different outfits, and then disappearing when he sees her scar? And when she dances through the forest under a soft backdrop of orange and yellow sky over lush green grass in the early morning? Not to mention near the climax, where Rupa’s very misery brings about an enormous flood that nearly destroys everything she holds dear…This movie is sad, it is happy, it is sweet, it is frustrating. At any rate, if it’s raining horribly outside…it seems like the perfect time for such a film.15dx9nr



4. Paheli (2005)

It’s very possible that some people find great difficulty watching an Indian film where the women sing constantly in loud and high notes (though I have grown accustomed to, and even to enjoy the songs of many famous female singers…Geeta Dutt being my favorite). Women DO sing in this movie, however…the songs are very soft and lyrical in such a way that even a person who does not enjoy Bollywood might find this to be a nice movie for a rainy day. Colorful, romantic, and even with a nice raining scene…the slightly bitter sweet ending seems perfect for any sort of day when the weather just isn’t up to par.


3. Dil Se (1998)

Oh dear god, was this movie unbearably depressing. SRK’s character was creepy, then sad, then sort of sweet, then creepy again, then annoying, and finally…when you really want him to get the girl-I’m getting ahead of myself, but the music was great. ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ begins right after a rainy scene at a train station, and I swear…if you aren’t near a window, you’ll feel that it isn’t raining anymore with all of those silly men dancing like there’s no tomorrow on top of those train cars…dilse-chaiyya



2. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Is the acting great? Not particularly. The story? It’s okay…nothing special. The accuracy? Well, if you call trying to pass off Budapest for Rome accurate, okay…so why do I enjoy this movie so much?! Why the heck am I telling you to see it on a rainy day?! Because it’s pretty, and the songs are awesome. Yes, you heard me, for completely aesthetic reasons…I recommend this movie on a rainy day. It’s sparkly, and pretty, and even if the ending is a bit sad…you can just rewind it to ‘Nimbooda Nimbooda’ and pretend everyone ended up happy…


1. Koshish (1972)

Yes my friends, yet another movie with Asrani. But he’s a horribly evil man in this one. Also starring my favorite Indian actor of all time…Sanjeev Kumar. Jaya Bachchan plays a deaf girl who eventually falls in love and marries a deaf man…together they face trials an (forgive the cliché) ‘tribulations’. Apparently this is based on a true story…but this movie, for some odd reason, is one of the very few flicks that ever made me cry buckets of tears. I won’t say it will be the same for any of you, but I do recall that I first saw this on a rainy day…and I believe that might have had something to do with why I enjoyed it so much.1774983994_33ae5bba9d_o


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