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10 South Asian Shows and Movies to Watch

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Sharmas would very much agree.

If you get goosebumps seeing all the South Asian acting in Season 2 of Bridgeton Like I did, may I have a list for you! Here are some of my favorite films and shows that have a South Asian representation in the foreground. ✨

1.

A man like Maupin

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BBC Three

It is literally one of the funniest shows on Netflix. This three-season BBC show follows Pakistani-British Maupin as he tries to raise his little sister while getting into the neighborhood scams. Mobeen, as a character, is a constant reminder that becoming a good person is not as easy as it might seem. Guz Khan manages to deal with family, faith, past criminal lives, and nosy uncles all at once while making you cry with laughter. You’ll catch the opening scene of Episode 1, that’s guaranteed.

2.

queen

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I would recommend this movie to anyone new to Bollywood. It’s a really fun and interesting time. in queen, 24-year-old Rani waited her whole life to get married, and when her fiancé called off her big day, she was devastated. She decides to pick herself up and take her planned honeymoon across Europe on her own. Through her travels, she found friendship, a dislike of European food, and most importantly, her self-esteem. queen It is the ultimate coming-of-age story and is worth every 137 minutes (if you’re new to Bollywood, this is basically a short film).

3.

Four more shots please!

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Amazon Video

Have you ever wondered, “What if Sex and the City Was it desi? Well, now you don’t have to! Four more shots please It follows four women living in modern-day Mumbai as they confront relationships, careers and a deep love of tequila. This show, while very fun and outrageous, addresses very real problems for women – not only in India, but in the world.

4.

Kapoor and his sons

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Dharma Productions

If you don’t want to cry, you might as well skip this one. Kapoor and his sons It is a very honest and comedic movie about family dynamics and how they are not the easiest to understand. Brothers Rahul and Arjun came home when their grandfather had a heart attack. Tensions rise when the Capors are once again under one roof and confront problems from the past while hiding the problems of the present. With a stellar cast, moments of hysterical laughter and hysterical crying, Kapoor & sons A real gem.

5.

Meet Battles

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chemistry

After a devastating separation, American Indian Ravi Patel decides to follow in his parents’ footsteps and search for an arranged marriage. His sister documents the entire process, from rallying all the aunts and uncles to painfully third driving on first dates. Outrageously funny but with sharp moments of true emotion, Meet Battles It is a documentary like no other and reminds us that sometimes life has its own plan.

6.

starstroke

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BBC One

If you love Fleabag or Unsafeyou will love starstroke. New Zealander Jesse lives in London when she meets Tom Kapoor at a New Year’s Eve party and spends the night with him only to realize he’s a famous actor. The show documents their sometimes random, and sometimes not, confrontations as the seasons change. Rose Matafio as Jesse and Nikesh Patel as Tom are the rom-com duo we never knew we needed. This show is brimming with all the awkward and charming energy you could ask for.

7.

Ek Ladki Ko Deka Toh Issa Lagha

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Fox Star Studios

Ek Ladki Ko Deka Toh Issa Lagha It is the story of relationships, family, and the performing arts and how none of them are ever what you expect. It follows Sweety as she struggles with her sexuality and going out for her family. He is credited as one of the mainstream Bollywood films featuring a lesbian main character. This movie reminds us that love takes many different forms, and it gets bonus points for having a great song.

8.

Lion

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Transmission movies

Lion It tells the story of Saroo, who was adopted by an Australian couple after he was separated from his mother on a train as a child in India. After he became an adult, he began to trace his whereabouts and his family. Lion It is another emotional masterpiece starring Dev Patel, dealing with the search for identity and how it looks different for everyone. It’s a movie that will stay with you for years to come.

9.

tiger hunter

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Sami, the son of a legendary tiger hunter, moves to America from India to pursue a career in engineering. But in 1970s Chicago, getting his dream job wasn’t as easy as he thought. When the girl he likes plans a trip to America, he asks his mixed group of friends to help him show up successfully. He’s smart and charming, and a good time overall!

10.

Finally, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham…

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Yash Raj Films

If you’ve only been exposed to one Bollywood movie, it probably has to be Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham… (And for good reason). The all-star cast includes legends like SRK, Kajol (#SRKajol4Life), Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and more. This film follows the adopted and deeply loved first son of a wealthy businessman. When he meets the love of his life as he dances in the streets, his family disowns him for not marrying his father’s choice. An ode to love and pain between family members, the name says it all: “Sometimes happiness, sometimes sadness.” You will be addicted to the first thunder sound effect, I promise. I also never saw a subplot in the 2000s, if that’s your cup of tea.

Have you seen any of these shows or movies? Or did you get more recommendations from South Asia? Let us know in the comments below!

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