Two types of people that are the happiest are movie buffs and foodies - because there is always something new to experiment. And those lucky people who are BOTH cinephiles and food lovers definitely have the best of both worlds. If you are one of them, these are 12 Hollywood and Bollywood movies that you definitely must watch.
This yet-to-be-released YRF flick presents some royal Lucknawi gastronomical delights in this peppy romantic masala entertainer. When love blossoms amidst the aroma and flavor of succulent biryani and kebabs, the result is sure to tease the taste buds as well as the heart.
This is author's most favorite movie of the lot. This Disney movie teaches how everybody can cook - literally! A rat's passion for cooking French cuisine at one of the most famous restaurants in Paris leads him to battle his family values and his trust issues, while making some amazing food along the way.
3. The Lunchbox
One of the hopefuls for an Indian entry at the Oscars last year, 'The Lunchbox' - in bits and pieces - shows the perfection of a perfect meal prepared in a domestic kitchen. From elaborate paneer curries to fragrant dal, office lunches were never this delicious.
One of the latest releases, 'Chef' explores the unexploited talent of a passionate chef - and his shift from a top restaurant to a food truck to his own restaurant. This movie is guaranteed to leave audiences' stomach growling with hunger - with all the amazing food shown throughout the movie, even simple things like a grilled cheese sandwich.
If you have a major sweet tooth, there is no way you can NOT watch this movie. When a woman and her daughter open up a chocolate shop in a small, conservative French village, it begins to shake up the entire community. The scenes where she whips up some sinful decadent goodies are enough food porn to make you reach out for a bar of chocolate yourself.
6. Julie And Julia
In this 2009 comedy drama, author Julie Powell takes up a challenge to cook all of chef Julia Child's 524 recipes in 365 days - and that is contrasted with the early life of Child when she set out in her culinary career. With two powerful leading ladies Meryl Streep and Amy Adams - flavored with some mouth-watering food scenes, this movie is one that a true blue foodie cannot afford to miss.
7. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
The second animation movie in this list, 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs', was probably conceptualized by a writer after the author's own heart. I mean, imagine free, delectable food falling down from the skies! It was such a hit among the audiences that the makers went on to bring out a sequel - and it was as imaginative and as delicious as the first one.
8. Ramji Londonwaley
There is something for every kind of eater on this list. For instance, for the vegetarians out there, 'Ramji Londonwaley' is just the movie for you. In addition to being a hilarious comedy of errors, R Madhavan is presented as an excellent vegetarian chef who can cook some amazing food.
9. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Chocolate, candies, toffees, ice-cream and what not? This Roald Dahl adaptation brings out the kid in everyone in the magical world that is Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Sweet enough to give you diabetes, this movie should be watched at least once.
10. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
This movie makes you crave chicken curry like crazy! A young man sets out to unearth the secret recipe of his grandpa's famous chicken by the method of trial and error, making some mouth-watering chicken in the process. The ending of the movie is quirky, and packs a punch so delicious that it leaves you begging for more.
11. Eat Pray Love
Although the entire movie is not about food, a third of it is - and what food! The protagonist travels to Italy to enjoy appetizing Epicurean delights like pizza Napolitana, fried artichokes, and a bowl of egg, asparagus, potato and ham salad drizzled with olive oil. For what is travel without tasting the best the place has to offer?
12. Woman On Top
When a food movie features an actress as sexy as Penelope Cruz, the plot gets interesting on its own. A quirky flick about a chef's need to be in control of things to manage her motion sickness, including being on top during sex, 'Woman on Top' is a fantasy romcom with some scrumptious dishes whipped out from time to time in the movie. A delicious watch, for sure!
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