Bollywood’s love affair with food has been long and steady. While many Hollywood films have made around this theme, contrary to popular belief, there is no dearth of films made on food in Bollywood. Going back as early as the 1970s, these films have often engaged the audience with our culinary culture. As Raja Menon’s Chef hit cinema halls, here are five Bollywood films that revolve around food.
An adaptation of a Bengali film, the 1972 Rajesh Khanna starrer is about a cook working for a joint family with nine members, while living under the same roof. The film entertained the audience with a story weaved around the notion that when you eat good home-cooked food, everything in life takes a positive turn.
Ramji LondonwaleThe film, starring R Madhavan, is about an Indian chef, Ram who finds himself living and working illegally in the UK. He cooks up scrumptious Indian delicacies, including sugar-free halwa, to woo his love interest.
Cheeni KumFeaturing one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan, the film not only explores the culinary journey of this 64-year old London-based chef but also follows the extraordinary love story of the chef and a woman, 30 years his junior.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
This film is about a Punjabi family that runs a popular restaurant, the secret recipe of which has made it famous. The family scion, Omi Khurana struggles to find the secret ingredient that is key to the success of his family business and along the way, discovers a lot more.
While the central theme of the film is the struggle of a middle-aged Indian homemaker to learn the English language, she also happens to be really good at making ladoos. The film goes on to explore the spirit of entrepreneurship of the protagonist and but also shows how cooking is her one strength that keeps her going through tough times.
Stanley Ka Dabba
Directed by Amole Gupte and starring his son, Partho Gupte, the film is about a schoolboy, Stanley who does not carry lunch. His teacher notices this and forces other kids to share their food with him. Young Stanley works at a Dhaba, and surrounded by food, but has little for himself. His teacher soon warns him that he will not be allowed to attend school if he didn’t get a lunch box.
This film is about a wife, who tries to win the approval of her husband by cooking delicious food for him. In a turn of events, the lunchbox is delivered to the wrong person, with whom she develops a strong friendship based on an appreciation of good food.Chef, starring Saif Ali Khan, is set release on October 6th and will join the list of Bollywood movies that excite out palette.