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Best Movies that Focus on Rural Life

Laloolal.com

We rarely see movies depicting village life in mainstream cinema. Our generation thrives on sleek, opulent locations with trendy actors and gibberish songs. Yet some movies have enthralled the audience every now and then.. One such movie is Laloolal.com which is a part of the collection of ZEE5 Film Festival, where works of Indian and Pakistani directors’ are showcased.

This Pakistani movie features Faysal Qureshi, Natasha Portess and Aimen Iqbal as the main leads. It is a romantic comedy that follows the story of Sue, an English woman, who has landed in an obscure village in Pakistan trying to find her husband who has gone missing. Due to the language barrier, she is assigned to Laloo, a village simpleton, who is the only one in the entire village who knows broken English. Laloolal is a people’s person and helps everyone around the village, his love interest Chandan feels jealous of his sudden closeness to Sue. Will Sue find her husband? What will happen to Laloolal when he finds himself alone with Sue? Will he go abroad? It is for you to find out.

There are very few Bollywood movies that walk the tightrope of village life depiction. But that’s not to say that Bollywood has never made any good movies depicting the beautiful life of common villagers. Here are a few gems that became a part of path-breaking cinema focusing on rural life.

Lagaan

During the British Raj, a farmer named Bhuvan challenges Captain Andrew Russell to beat his team in a game of cricket and exempt his village from paying taxes for the next three years. A love triangle of sorts emerges when Elizabeth Russell agrees to help Bhuvan and his team which does not go well with Gauri.

Swades

The story revolves around an N.R.I, who while on his trip to India gets nostalgic about his motherland and instead of returning to America with his nanny, decides to live a fulfilling life in India.

Welcome to Sajjanpur

A satire where a village simpleton earns a degree and aspires to become a novel writer but instead ends up writing and reading letters for the villagers. The movie follows the ups and downs of villagers who weave beautiful tales with their uncomplicated life.

Peepli Live

Another classic dark comedy that throws light on the grave issue of farmer suicides based in rural India. When a farmer decides he wants to end his life due to the enormous debts, this later turns into a political and media circus. The frenzy puts his village into the eye of the storm.

Dor

A sensitive female-centric film that follows two women from separate backgrounds with a common connection – their husbands. One of the husbands is dead, and the other has to seek pardon from the widow in order to obtain mercy. The movie shows the lives of villagers in rustic Rajasthan.

If you haven’t already watched these movies then make sure to put them on your must-watch list. And do not forget to view Laloolal.com, it’s a fun entertainer with its soft, dramatic moments. So download and subscribe ZEE5 right now for this rustic beauty of a tale.

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Ganesh Chaturthi – A Family Binge time with ZEE5

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Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the 10-day veneration of Lord Ganesh. It also marks the beginning of the festival season in India. Festivals have always been a big part of Indian family values and culture, in fact, the first ever Ganesh Chaturti was one of its kind social occasion organized by national activist Lokmanya Tilak to bring the community together during the British era. The significance of the festival has grown since that age and has now become the core of every Indian household where ‘Ganpati Bappa’ is fondly welcomed into our hearts and homes.

India prides itself on its close-knit family ties during festivities and it is a common sight to see the whole of an extended family gather under one roof to celebrate this auspicious occasion. Just as the women get busy in making sweets and delicious food items the men and children decorate the house. The best time is spent leisurely chatting and binge-watching movies together over a scrumptious meal. ZEE5 has come up with a mixture of family blockbuster entertainers this season.

You can watch Salman Khan in his best action avatar in Wanted. Or groove to his energetic steps in the praises of Lord Ganesha in the famous Jalwa song from the movie. My personal favourite happens to be ABCD and ABCD 2. Watching Prabhu Deva is a treat to the eyes, not to mention the little kids in the family who go berserk matching his dance moves. Beats from the movie Banjo imitate the real-life Ganesh procession that immerses India in a vibrant pink pitch fever. Varun Dhawan can be adorable with his comic timing and chocolate boy attics in Judwaa 2 we know you will never miss on this one.

So while you implore on Lord Ganesha to shower his precious blessings on your family, you can count on ZEE5 to keep your guests entertained with more popular options like Ramaiya Vastavaiya, Phata Poster Nikla Hero, Jab We Met and A Flying Jatt among many others which can bring your family together for your very own Hum Saath Saath Hain moment.

Family movie time can become an Instagram worthy event when you set it up an open-air screening complete with snacks and themed carpet entry. If you cannot come up with an outdoor setup then an indoor movie night with a projector is the perfect way to catch up your favourite flicks.

You really do not need to pack all of yourselves into a car and navigate through kilometres of traffic just to enjoy a movie night with your family. ZEE5 is the millennial way of enjoying movies in the comfort of your house.

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Dhatt Tere Ki – Sarcasm on Point

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Entertainment on the go has become the major need of our fast-paced lives. We really don’t have much patience when it comes to enjoying our favourite serials on TV anymore. We want it everywhere and anywhere.

In this age of a click, ZEE has launched a new VOD service – ZEE5 that showcases original web series, drama, international movies, and Indian movies in all regional languages. One option you can seriously consider watching is their newly featured comedy series Dhatt Tere Ki. This series is a sarcastic take on the hypocrisies of the Indian society. Every episode is a standalone story that deals with an important issue in a few minutes.

Episode 1 – What is it about?

Episode 1 of this rib-tickling comedy series has been named Firauti – which means ransom. Rich and poor alike, people have high expectations these days and wish to live a comfortable luxurious life. In order to keep a high standard of living, two goons who are fed up with the despotism of their boss kidnap a rich kid and try to irk his father by asking for ransom. The kid is smart and makes the goons to ask for more money by negotiating a deal with the goons. The irony of time and money is depicted with razor-sharp humour and is a treat to watch.

Episode 2 – What is it about?

Sachi Qurbani – True Sacrifice is a well-etched comic situation of religion and politics through symbolism. It is the period of Bakri Eid and a goat, is brought in with the name of Allah and Om etched on its body for sale. The middleman offers to sell it at a high price to a wealthy party. Soon enough a crowd gathers from both the communities and the Muslims try to fetch the goat for sacrifice while the Hindus try to save it from sacrifice. As the bidding
rises a feverish pitch, the satirical aspect of the story too reaches new heights.

If you love more of such slapstick comedy portraying real issues then tune into ZEE5 and enjoy Dhatt Tere Ki. Trust me, it is just as funny as it is insightful about our incredible India.

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