If you’re an Indian ex-pat and you’re craving the kind of entertainment you enjoyed back home, then you’re sure to find opportunities to see Hindi, Tamili and Telugu movies in Canberra.
Even if you’re an Aussie or from another country, there’s lots to love about Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood films. They’re so full of colour and the storylines are often every bit as compelling as regular movies out of Hollywood. Let’s have a look at where you can catch one in Canberra.
Hoyts in Canberra shows the occasional Bollywood film. Check for screening times via the website. Sometimes they may be playing at Belconnen and sometimes at Woden. Both cinemas are fully licensed and have Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Next time you go to a Hoyts cinema, sign up for their Rewards programme. There is an annual fee but you instantly receive a free ticket to the Movie of the Week, which offsets that fee. Every time you go to a movie, you earn points on what you spend on tickets, food and drinks.
You also get discounted foods, drinks and combos, members only pricing for some movies and birthday rewards. You can even connect your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership and earn points.
There’s just one cinema in Canberra that’s part of the Event chain and it’s at Manuka. They show a number of Bollywood films there and at the time of writing, were featuring films in Gujarati as well as Hindi. Keep an eye on their Events & Festivals page for news on dates involving Indian cinema. The location is 6 Franklin Street, Griffith. Phone: 02 6295 9042.
This eight-cinema complex is licensed to sell alcohol and offers a high-end movie-going experience. It boasts a beautiful Prosecco bar and premium seating and professes to be “the people’s choice”. That means they aim to present a mix of international films as well as latest blockbusters, art-house films and operas. Keep an eye on the Film Festivals page as they often run programmes of movies from various different countries. Palace Electric Cinemas is in the NewActon Nishi complex, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra. Phone: 02 6222 4900.
For home viewing of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies, you just need to get on board with technology. Purchase a Telstra TV or Apple TV receiver as either can be connected to your TV and will open up a world of viewing opportunities for you including Netflix, Stan, YouTube, Amazon Prime, ABC iView, SBS On Demand and a range of other apps.
The more up to date your smart TV, the more chances that you won’t even have to buy a third-party device as all the apps come pre-loaded on your TV’s software.
A long-standing staple for international movies is SBS, the free-to-air channel. Their World Movies offering frequently features Indian comedies and soap operas too so you can get a good fix of familiar programming from home.
Once you’ve got the movies organised – through Netflix, Stan or another home solution – you need to invite your friends and come up with food options. The best way is to get everyone to bring a plate of something tasty; it could be homemade or brought from a restaurant. Scatter some cushions on the floor, turn the lights down low and the volume up and when everyone arrives, all the food should be placed on low tables in the living room. Make sure you have the remote control handy though because everybody has an opinion on what’s happening on the screen so you’ll want to pause frequently!
Serve the food on colourful plates and have vibrant napkins on hand. If you want to go sustainable, buy some banana leaves from your Indian grocers and use those as plate liners then simply throw them away at the end of the night. Your washing up will be easier too. Burn some incense, have plenty of candles around the room and if any of your friends are a dab hand with henna, it would be fun to do henna tattoos while the movie is playing.
You know, the music and beats of a Bollywood movie really get under your skin. You may find yourself moving in your seat or getting up and mimicking the moves! Luckily, in Canberra, you can go to an Indian dance school and learn how to do it for real.
The Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing conducts classes across seven locations in the city: Belconnen, Civic, Tuggeranong, Woden, Gunghalin, and ANU and UC campuses. The lessons are fun and are a fabulous alternative to working out in the gym or walking your neighbourhood.
Did you know that the movie Salt Bridge was shot almost entirely in Canberra? Look closely and you’ll be able to spot the National Arboretum, Canberra Railway Station, Lake Burley Griffin, Queanbeyan Golf Club, Black Mountain Peninsula and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Local filmmaker Abhijit Deonath says Salt Bridge is “a Canberra movie in the true sense”. So, if you live in Canberra or just love the city, be sure to see this movie.
Have a great time exploring Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies in Canberra. If you can’t find a cinema showing the one you want to watch, chances are good that you’ll find it on one of the streaming services.