More About Hindi Film

Akshay Khanna, Aamir Khan & Saif Ali Khan in Dil Chahta Hai

Want to know more about Hindi film (“Bollywood”) and South Indian (Tamil, Telugu) cinema? Here is an assorted mix of links to websites that I visit frequently.

For more info, news and discussions about all things Bollywood – this is the very best place to get you started: BollyWHAT and BollyWHAT Forum. Another excellent resource is IMDB, especially if you already know what you are looking for.

I really enjoy reading the personal blogs of Aamir Khan and Vivek Oberoi ♥. Other blogs worth a read are those of Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, Ram Gopal Varma, Rahul Khanna and Akshay Kumar. Abhay Deol doesn’t blog regularly, but I hope we’ll get to see more of it at some point.

There’s also Twitter, where it’s both easy and fun following and connecting with lots of desi actors, stars and other people related to the film industry. Some of the ones I find the most interesting right now (updated 4 July 2010) are Vivek OberoiShahid Kapoor, Imran Khan, Aamir KhanRahul Khanna, Salman Khan, Uday Chopra, Karan Johar, Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Bipasha Basu, Arshad Warsi, Akshay Kumar, Mallika Sherawat and Ranvir Shorey among others.

Check Filmfare’s list of stars for more verified accounts on Twitter.

More on Twitter: FilmfareDabboo Ratnani, Filmi Girl, Apunbindaas (Nicki), Saif Ali Khan Online, Film Zest, Rajeev Masand, Tamil Film Update, BollySpice, Beth Loves Bollywood, Christy Black, Rhilex, Southscope, Allu Sirish, Parul, Annie John, MinaiMinai, Jocelyn Smith, AshantiOMkar, Barbara Skoda and Chrisanthi. Don’t miss the ever fabulous Love Bollywood (Raj & Pablo)!

Bollywood Hungama is a great portal for all things Bollywood and Hindi films.

Southscope is a wonderful south Indian film magazine in English. Previous issues (e-mag) of Southscope can be found at issuu.com/southscope

Filmi Girl, Film Zest and BollySpice are great blogs if you are looking for news, gossip, reviews etc. If it’s fashion you’re after – head straight over to High Heel Confidential.

Not to be missed, Vivek Oberoi’s official website. Brilliant stuff :)

Can’t get enough of Shahrukh Khan? SRKPagali.net is the best place to get your next (subtitled!) fix.

John Abraham’s official website offers links to articles and guest columns written by him, and has a gallery with insanely gorgeous pictures.

Among the fan sites, my favourites are Saif Ali Khan Online, Shahid Online, Hrithik Rules, AamirKhan.org, Surya Fans Club, Surya Onilne (sic), Imran Khan.org, Preity Zinta Fan Club and srkpagali.net (Strictly Shah Rukh Khan). There are some really nice groups/pages on Facebook as well.

There’s lots of brilliant bollyblogs out there, here’s some more of my current favourites:

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I usually order my DVDs from induna.com or nehaflix.com. Both have great selections, trouble-free order/payment processes, fast deliveries and good prices. Extra credit goes to Induna for their excellent, personal service and their willingness to make that extra call when it’s needed, just to make sure everything is sorted out. (Still not convinced? Read more Induna customer reviews on Nicki’s blog.)

As for brick-and-mortar shops: Rhythm House between Fort and Colaba of south Mumbai is a big favourite of mine, along with Dhireen’s Music Centre stall in Fort and the Indian shops in Pahurat, Bangkok. In London I like Southall and Green Street in Eastham the most. Little India in Kuala Lumpur has plenty of great stuff as well.

Jaman.com is a lovely place to watch/rent Hindi films online. Some are even offered for free (several really good ones, actually!).

YouTube also deserves a mention here, I believe. There are plenty of interviews, trailers, whole films, songs, live performances and tv-shows to enjoy.