the best known Indian movie among Chinese

Discussion in 'Members Corner' started by amoy, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,410
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Awara (India: Hindi title) (alternative spelling) The Tramp The Vagabond ... directed by Raj Kapoor
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    This is probably among the earliest Indian movies introduced to China. I was impressed by it when I was a kid unlike current Bollywood stuffs.

    Do u have any idea about it?
     
  2.  
  3. tarunraju

    tarunraju Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2009
    Messages:
    5,203
    Likes Received:
    3,403
    Location:
    Hyderabad
    Yeah, a couple of Chinese guys I know talk a lot about it. Current Bollywood has impressive stuff too.

    So you should tell us what about Awara do you like the most.
     
  4. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    24,270
    Likes Received:
    11,241
    Location:
    BANGalore
    What do you want to know about it? Yes the movie was made by Raj Kapoor. One of the better movies of its time. in those times, the movies used to be on social themes more often than not. Its more commercial these days. But you may wanna watch movies like 3 idiots, lagaan, rang de basanti, all three are Aamir Khan who makes better movies than others who make more fanciful movie.
     
  5. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,410
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    why do we talk a lot about it? guess it's becoz when we were kids the cinema was rather boring. then something unique flashed through making a hit. although the story itself is a cliche from today's viewpoint, those things I love
    - the melody and the theme song
    - the beauty - all Indian girls seem so glamorous in their costumes
    - the story shows us the exotic life in India (kind of realism)

    but frankly Bollywood stuffs are a bit distant from Chinese taste. in comparison Japanese/Korean art is more akin to chinese. Indian bombardment of dances/singing all over movies make Chinese audience dizzy, in addition to the stereotype of Cinderella+Prince. Besides women in Indian movies are a bit inferior in status (South Asia Vs. East Asia). Indian families (in movies) seem relatively big in size and patriarchs have a say.

    Movies perhaps is a good mirror of real life in some ways.
     
  6. indian_blues

    indian_blues Regular Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Messages:
    234
    Likes Received:
    15
    I don't know about movies but indian songs are bit popular with chinese





    this is awesome :D

     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 10, 2015
  7. Vinod2070

    Vinod2070 मध्यस्थ Stars and Ambassadors

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2009
    Messages:
    2,553
    Likes Received:
    96
    I think a lot like when we watch Chinese/Japanese movies. We can enjoy them but it is difficult to relate to the movies.

    I have noticed that women are generally shown the same way in Chinese movies as well which are mostly about martial arts seemingly.
     
  8. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,410
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Women and martial arts - perhaps some Chinese directors find them easily appeal to worldwide audience.

    Yet social themes are always popular and have a longer 'shelf life', for example recently 'Wo Ju' Dwelling Narrowness about house, love affairs, greed and desires...
     
  9. Vinod2070

    Vinod2070 मध्यस्थ Stars and Ambassadors

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2009
    Messages:
    2,553
    Likes Received:
    96
    I personally like to understand the Chinese culture in more detail. It is so different yet so similar in many ways.

    Many basic themes are same, you also have strong family ties, a lot of traditional baggage, a strong pride in your history and a belief in your future.

    I have always found it very easy to get along with Chinese when visiting USA.
     
  10. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Messages:
    10,397
    Likes Received:
    2,313
    I don't know about that, but I know the most watched movie about India watched by Chinese is Slumdog Millionare. After that came out the Chinese forums got busy.
     
  11. Vinod2070

    Vinod2070 मध्यस्थ Stars and Ambassadors

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2009
    Messages:
    2,553
    Likes Received:
    96
    That is actually also true for many Westerners as well.
     
  12. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,410
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Awara may be better remembered within Chinese adults if u do a poll .

    As for Slumdog Millionaire, in my opinion it reflects only one facet of Indian life. There's too little from India released here. Thus people easily succumb themselves to what's available (like Slumdog), and take it for granted that's all about India. Sometimes I wonder how influential such movies (or entertainment industry as a whole) are in shaping our views.
     
  13. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Messages:
    10,397
    Likes Received:
    2,313
    Glad you realise that. Maybe you can tell your countrymen India isn't just a bunch of ghetto because the forums after that movie was nothing but trash talk about how poor India is.
     

Share This Page