Bollywood primer, with videos

Mother Jones's "Bollywood for Beginners" special features clips from ten must-see Bollywood movies along with commentary. A fine way to spend an hour or two in a clicktrance…

3) Sholay (1975): They call this a Curry Western. Take one part John Wayne, two parts bromance, stir in the subaltern heros of the 1970s and the star power of Amitabh Bachchan, and you have Sholay, the most watched Bollywood movie of all time.

Synopsis: Jay (Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) are a couple of small-time crooks whose cunning and moral uprightness win them a special place in the heart of Thakur Baldev Singh, a local lawman who wants revenge against a gangster so mean, his name is still synonomys with evil.

Bonus: It's a tie, between Bollywood's most evil villian, Gabar Singh, and the loveable buddiness of Jay and Veeru, who were bromancing thirty years before it was an MTV show.

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