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Top 5 Bollywood Podcasts

Apr/30/2023 / by Pratika Yashaswi

Dive deeper into Bollywood’s cultural riches with these options that are balm for the ears

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As any cinephile will attest, there’s nothing, absolutely nothing, like Bollywood. It is renowned for its larger-than-life characters, dramatic plotlines, grand production values, and of course, its music and dance sequences. Bollywood’s entertaining films bring joy to millions of viewers all over India and the world.

For many South Asian people across the diaspora, these films and conversations around them evoke a strong sense of nostalgia and connection to home.

The enjoyment of Bollywood doesn’t just cede with the end credits, though. There’s a lot of enjoyment to be extracted from discussing the movies, new and old, following the lives of the stars and delving into the finer points of plot, film-making, and music.

So, we’ve curated a collection of podcasts about all things Bollywood. From film reviews to creative exploration, these podcasts have something to offer to everyone. Tune in today!

1. Khandaan- A Bollywood Podcast

There are three Khans in Bollywood, the undisputed kings of Hindi cinema. If you’re a fan of Aamir, Salman or Shah Rukh Khan, you’ll want to tune in to this podcast.

Khandaan is hosted by three passionate millennials in the diaspora – Asim Burney, Amrita Rajan, and Sujoy. Every other week, they dive deep into the movies of the three Khans while also discussing current events in Bollywood, new streaming content, and other news in film. Nostalgia, laughter, and distraction: you’ll get it all while learning more about the world of Hindi cinema. There’s also the occasional interview with filmmakers (like Burney’s conversation with the maker of Joyland) accessible on specific membership tiers on Patreon.

2. Reminiscing Bollywood Classics

This podcast by Praneet Dabral is pure nostalgia and meant for true Bollywood cinephiles. It discusses films that go way back to early Bollywood, highlighting memorable moments from the film and, of course, trivia. Dabral’s goal is to get his listeners to go ahead and watch these very movies.

On this podcast, you’ll find esoteric movies like Saraswatichandra, Oonche Log, and Bombay ka Babu. If you’re the average millennial, it’s likely you haven’t heard of many of the movies on his list. This podcast is a great way to delve into the history of Hindi cinema.

3. Brown Bros Binge Bollywood

Two brown brothers: Aniket and Pranav Mutatkar, discuss iconic Bollywood movies from recent times, but these aren’t reviews. These are hot takes that don’t take themselves too seriously. The hosts discuss specific categories of their own invention, like “What was the most Bollywood scene in the movie? The most skippable song? What was the Mirchi meter for the movie?” This isn’t meant to be a critical exploration of movies like some of the other podcasts on this list. Instead, it’s more like a laid-back, laughter-filled conversation you’d have with friends.

The bros also discuss non-Hindi language films, their most recent episode focusing on “Eega,” a Telugu movie made by SS. Rajamouli, the director of the famous RRR.

4. Filmi Ladies by Pitu Sultan and Beth Loves Bollywood

Hosted by Pitu Sultan and Beth Watkins, Filmi Ladies takes a woman-centered look at Indian cinema, also sometimes delving into books, TV, and other aspects of South Asian pop culture. On this podcast, you’ll find eclectic deep dives into costumes, Qawwali, and the specific repertoires of actors like Nutan and Feroz Khan as part of their superstars series. Whimsical, informative, and all-around wonderful, this is one of the few all-female podcasts available on Bollywood. And let’s be honest, we desperately need some of that!

5. Interviews with Anupama Chopra (Film Companion)

If you’ve been keeping abreast of Bollywood for a long time, there’s no way you haven’t heard of veteran film critic Anupama Chopra. She has been writing about Bollywood since 1993 for publications such as The New York Times, Hindustan Times, The Los Angeles Times and Vogue (India). This podcast primarily focuses on Chopra’s interviews with the glitterati of Indian cinema: from Jr. NTR to Madhuri Dixit, to the newest crop of actors in Bollywood, such as Kartik Aryan and Janhvi Kapoor. Want to keep up with the absolute latest in Bollywood? This is the podcast for you.

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