As my trip to India drew closer I got more into watching Indian films and around a week before we set off I sat down with my mum to watch ‘Piku’ one of the Bollywood films on offer on Netflix. I’d had it added to my list for a while but hadn’t got round to it until then. My mum also enjoys similar films to me and I’d been waiting to watch it with her. ‘Piku’ is a 2015 comedy-drama starring Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, The Lunchbox – which I reviewed…

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Continuing on from Dum Laga Ke Haisha (read the review here) I picked out another great Indian film from Netflix, The Lunchbox. I’d heard good things about the film which is set in Mumbai and features the city’s famous lunch delivery system. If you haven’t heard of the system and the tiffin-wallahs then read on. The idea is that families of workers, usually mothers or wives, cook their lunches in the morning and put them in lunch boxes, or tiffins, and the tiffin-wallahs – the lunch delivery boys, collect them every morning and deliver them to the worker at his desk at…

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Ok ok I know ‘ugh she’s doing a review of The Beach what an obvious choice’. But what kind of travel blog would this be if I didn’t mention this cult classic, this inspiration for travellers anywhere, this icon?! You’re just going to have to deal with it, sorry. Also Leonardo DiCaprio, I don’t think I need to say anything more. The film is directed by Danny Boyle, and is adapted from the book by Alex Garland. It stars Leo as Richard, an American traveller who travels to Thailand in search of something different and more exciting than his day to day…

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I first saw this Australian film actually IN Australia over Christmas of 2011 when I was visiting family. It was my first massive trip to visit my cousins in New South Wales, and the first time I’ve been to Australia that I remember (once when I was a toddler, apparently once in my mother’s stomach, yes thank you dad for constantly reminding me I was conceived there!). It was a great trip full of family fun, sightseeing, beaches, attempted surfing and new year in Sydney! But more of that for another time. My auntie bought me the DVD of Red…

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Bollywood Rom Com This Indian rom-com is currently on Netflix and after my mum recommended it to me I decided I’d have to try it. We have similar tastes in films, both of us prefer more independent, international films. I find they can be less predictable than a lot of mainstream blockbusters. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the mainstream films but sometimes an independent/international film can be really refreshing. Language The film is in Hindi, so there are subtitles, which can be tiring but sometimes I feel like it makes sure I’m actually focussing on the film, rather than listening to…

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