Watching Lokesh Kanagaraj's Leo changed my life. In the two weeks since, I've watched three more Bollywood spectacles and I'm still trying to figure out what to say other than “wow.”

These films are gonzo, and maybe not a perfect representation of the scope of the Indian subcontinent's contributions to the world of cinema, but they just might be. Because it's all I've seen. And they're constructed in such a way that I thought I was mainlining pure entertainment for three hours.

The stories are wildly complex and seemingly designed to keep the audience guessing right up until the actual credit roll—watch Jawan to the end and you'll see what I'm talking about. I don't know: I haven't been excited about watching movies in a very long time, and now I have a wealth of these films to dig through for the next few years.

If you've exhausted your options on Netflix and haven't already experienced the insane magic of modern Bollywood, do yourself a favor and watch one of these. Atlee Kumar's Jawan is as good a place as any to start, after that try Leo.

2024.01.24 – 2024.02.12

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