"My name is Khan" (2009) is the best movie I watched this year http://t.co/tLEGOdNQzX— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) August 7, 2015
@paulocoelho send me your address sir I will supply you all indian films as they release. We read u as soon as u write...v r blessed. Thanx— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 7, 2015
Dear Paulo Coelho:
In follow-up to Shah Rukh Khan's request that fans suggest which of his films to watch first, I offer you the following resources.
By way of background, I started blogging about Bollywood films over two years ago after having discovered the Hindi film Jodhaa Akbar on Netflix. This film made me aware that my western stereotype of Bollywood films may not hold sway anymore.
I moved on to discover Veer-Zaara, starring Shah Rukh Khan. The music, emotional rollercoaster and unpredictable plotline of the film drew me in. I found myself falling in love with Bollywood.
After watching many more Shah Rukh Khan films, I realized I have very few friends with whom I could share this passion. While my family has joined me on several legs of my journey into Indian film, I realized there were many people who needed a guide for adventuring into Bollywood cinema.
Seeking to provide such guidance from a western perspective to a western audience, I began to blog about Indian film. My goal was to highlight the best films, provide fresh western-oriented plotlines (with no spoilers) and to pull together resources that could make elements of these films more accessible to those new to Bollywood.
More than two years later, I've watched hundreds of films and continue to share my passion for Indian film - the stories, songs, stars - through the blog and my Facebook page. For those new to Bollywood, this is a great place to start.
With that short introduction, I offer the following resources about the films sent to you by the Baadshah of Bollywood himself, King Khan. And they may just lead you to discover some other films ...
Chak De! India
- 5 Inspirational Sports Films From Bollywood
- 10 Bollywood Film Teachers Who Show What Quality Educators Look Like #WorldTeachersDay
- Between the Adored and the Adorer falls the Shadow (Darr)
- Face to Face at Last ("Tu Mere Samne", Darr)
- 'Twas The Night Before Christmas in 1993: 20 Years of Darr #20YearsofDarr
- 5 MORE Movies to Watch if You Are New To Bollywood
- Top 5 Bollywood Films Starring Shah Rukh Khan as the Bad Guy
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
- 5 Karan Johar Films to Watch if You are New To Bollywood
- My Beloved (Mitwa, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) #musicmonday
Om Shanti Om
- 5 Classic Film Performances Remixed for "Dhoom Tana" (Om Shanti Om)
- The Spider and the Fly: Om Kapoor Does Lunch With "Mike" Mehra (Om Shanti Om)
- 5 Movies to Watch if You Are New to Bollywood
- Top 5 Reasons Why "Om Shanti Om" Rocks!
Finally, I offer these resources to discover some of the important films of Shah Rukh Khan's career that didn't make this shipment.
- Top 5 Shah Rukh Khan Romance Films to Watch if You are New to Bollywood
- Shah Rukh Khan as Hero: A Bollywood Career in a Song ("Ae Aa O", Billu)
- 5 Yash Chopra Films to Watch if You Are New To Bollywood
Enjoy your Shah Rukh Khan filmfest!
Update 23 October 2015. Paul Coelho responded to Shah Rukh Khan in kind.