When Bollywood made our mouth water!
Celluloid magic isn't limited to stars alone. Nearly everything looks larger-than-life and more appealing on big screen.
And that includes food.
Whether it's the memory of Brad Pitt devouring spoonfuls of smooth peanut butter in Meet Joe Black and Meryl Streep baking the most scrumptious chocolate croissant in It's Complicated or our very own Bollywood mommies urging their sons and daughters to try portions of their favourite gajar ka halwa or kheer or characters pledging over bread pakoras, food on film induces universal drool.
No wonder the recipe behind the recently released Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is garnering so much acclaim.
On that note, here's looking at some of the most foodie moments in Hindi films.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken KhuranaThe flavours of Punjab come alive in Sameer Sharma's directorial debut, projected as Bollywood's first food film, where hunting for the family recipe of the titular dish Chicken Khurana -- a supremely popular chicken curry directs this slice-of-life story and the fun it leads to through oddball characters.
Image: Huma Qureshi and Kunal Kapoor in
It all happens over an order of Hyderabadi Zaffrani Pulao.
In R Balki's whimsical romantic comedy, Amitabh Bachchan plays an arrogant chef who is riled up after Tabu gives it a thumbs down.
But it's the part where Big B lists out the ingredients ranging from shudh ghee to basmati rice that has your tummy growling for a sampling.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu in Cheeni Kum
Mujhse Dosti Karoge
While most couples bond over movies or shared interests, Hrithik Roshan and Rani Mukerji find a common ground in their love for 'gobhi ke parathe' in Kunal Kohli's Mujhse Dosti Karoge.
Not just that our hero actually figures out Rani's presence in his London office by a mere whiff of the parathas in question traveling all the way from India.
Image: Hrithik Roshan and Rani Mukeji in Mujhse Dosti Karoge
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Aditya Chopra's breezy love story about a husband masquerading as a cooler version of himself to win his wife's heart has a lot of lively moments. There's one in which he, played by Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma challenge each other to a pani puri competition.
Only, Anushka, no doubt a worthy contender, cannot match SRK's appetite when it comes to swallowing by the dozens.
The funny part is that after all those pani puris, there's a tray full of biryani waiting for the sober SRK to do justice at home.
Image: Anishka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
The way to a woman's heart is also through her stomach.
As Ranbir Kapoor finds out by feeding Katrina Kaif her favourite dish of piping hot moong dal bhajiya and pudina chutney in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.
Image: Movie poster of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Wake Up Sid
Ranbir Kapoor starts out as a rich, clueless kid kicked out from a life of comfort. And the man cannot even cook a basic meal.
Through the course of this coming of age film, RK not only creates a spontaneous, layered cake of bread slices and jam for Konkona Sen Sharma on her birthday but also learns to make a perfect omelet. Now that's what we call slurp-worthy symbolism.
Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Wake Up Sid
Long before Preity Zinta craved for Ben and Jerry's Belgian Dark Chocolate in Salaam Namaste, Deepti Naval pioneered the cause for ice cream (or heem cream as Kader Khan's Yamraj referred to it all through in Taqdeerwala) with her beloved Tutti Frutti while dating the shy Farookh Shaikh against the grand open-air garden view cafes of Delhi in Sai Paranjpe's endearing romcom.
Image: Farookh Shaikh and Deepti Naval in Chashme Buddoor
Break Ke Baad
Imran Khan dumps his life and dreary office cabin in India to pursue his girlfriend (Deepika Padukone) in Break Ke Baad in Australia.But when she dumps him back, IK has no alternative but stay back and channel his inner chef with what starts out as a modest stall selling murgh musalam aur paratha to setting up an upscale, fine-dining restaurant down under.
Image: Imran Khan in Break Ke Baad
Stanley Ka Dabba
Amol Gupte's heartfelt story of a boy who doesn't bring any tiffin to school and a greedy teacher who eats out of everyone's lunch boxes boasts of delicious imagination.
A triumphant moment arrives when the boy -- Stanley finally gets a princely dabba packed with delicacies and leaves everyone wide-eyed and hungry.
Image: A scene from Stanley Ka Dabba
Sanjay Gupta doesn't use any imagination while ripping off South Korean thriller, Oldboy.
And like the original, the hero (Sanjay Dutt), held captive in a dim cell, is constantly treated to a meal of wontons for 14 excruciating years.
Image: Sanjay Dutt in Zinda
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
Festivities and food headlined the greatest wedding of 1994. And besides various sightings of lip smacking varieties of North Indian khana typical to marriage celebrations, even the lyrics ensure the theatre applauds with a rumbling stomach.
Here's a teaser:
Dahi Bade Lo. Mood Nahin Hai.
Kulfi Kha Lo. Bahut Kha Chuke.
Paan Kha Lo. Bahut Kha Chuke.
Aji Ras Malai. Aapke Liye. Itni Mithai. Aapke Liye.
Image: Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!