Whether it’s a lazy summer afternoon or a car ride to see grandparents, movies are a great way for our kids to stay entertained (and quiet!). So why not expose them to our rich culture as they’re captivated by colourful images and engaging, virtuous stories?
DesiBabiesOnline.com proudly brings you a curated list of digitally animated and live-action films. These fun flicks will entertain little ones and also make them familiar with Indian cultural, Hindi vocabulary and Hindu mythology.
Bal Ganesh tells the origin story of the popular, elephant-headed deity as well as other tales associated with his childhood. Whether searching for delicious laddoos or bringing the Kaveri river to South India, anecdotes of the adorably animated Ganesh and his trusted mouse friend are simply delightful. A highlight is the gleeful song and dance sequence little Ganesh performs with jubilant mice!
Filled with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this story of spirited kids in a Mumbai colony is brought to you by the same guys who directed Hindi blockbusters Queen and Dangal. Don’t be fooled by their naughty nature as it’s these tiny tikes who end up teaching their parents the true meaning of friendship. When the neighborhood dog is threatened to be taken away by a local politician, the kids step into action through protest and a public relations campaign only children could devise. The end result is a National Award winning movie about courage, compassion and commitment.
Hindi with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Imagine Disney’s Lady and the Tramp but with more swagger and set in the streets of India. Romeo, a pooch belonging to the 1% is abandoned by his owners and left to fend for himself in Mumbai’s ruthless, concrete jungle. He learns to tough it out, but his heart soon softens for the foxy canine, Laila. Hindi film A-listers Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan lend their voices to this witty production, which uses plenty of Hindi film references as winks to the parents, which we thoroughly enjoyed!
As moms, our hectic schedules allow for little time to immerse our kids in desi language and traditions. But little things like watching these films can make a difference in how little ones perceive our culture. Whether it’s with books at DesiBabiesOnline.com, or with movies from the motherland, exposing our children to our heritage at an early age is not only incredibly important, but invaluable.
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