In a world that’s more interconnected than ever, cinema has become a powerful tool that helps us further explore the beauty of diverse relationships. If you’re on the lookout for compelling stories that transcend borders and cultures, look no further. We’ve curated a list of the top ten Indian/South Asian interracial movies that not only tug at the heartstrings but show that love truly has no boundaries!
Starting off our list is a romantic comedy inspired by the real-life love story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon. Filled with spot-on cultural commentary and surprising plot turns, The Big Sick is guaranteed to leave a smile on your face. If you’re in the mood for a feel-good movie that explores the highs and lows of love, then this film is a must-see.
Gurinder Chadha’s sports-centric gem tells the story of Jess, a football enthusiast whose passion for the game leads her to challenge her parent’s cultural expectations and forge an unexpected romantic connection.
While this movie focuses more on football than it does love, it’s definitely worth your time. Bend It Like Beckham was a groundbreaking film that defied stereotypes in the early 2000s and made Indian-centric stories more mainstream. Plus, the romance is cute and funny!
Ever imagine a world without The Beatles? Yesterday brings that dream (or nightmare) to life in a heartwarming tale that’s as much about love as it is about music. Dive into a world where a struggling musician navigates fame, romance, and a world that forgot about one of the most iconic bands of all time. In short, this is a great movie for anyone who wants to watch a diverse rom-com that incorporates the timeless tunes of the Beatles!
Prepare for a wild ride with The Lovebirds! This hilarious comedy follows a couple on the run after witnessing a crime. The chemistry between the leads and the off-beat plot makes this one a delightful addition to our list especially for those of you who like a little more excitement during movie night.
Blinded By The Light is a coming-of-age film that explores the impact of Bruce Springsteen’s music on a British-Pakistani teenager. This moving story delves into themes of identity, interracial love, and the universal language of music.
It not only strikes a chord with its genuine portrayal of teenage love but also offers a bit of inspiration as the main character overcomes cultural differences and discrimination to follow his dreams!
Mira Nair’s masterpiece transports viewers to the American South in Mississippi Masala. Starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, the film beautifully unravels the complexities of love in a cross-cultural setting. Get ready for a story that challenges societal expectations and shows just how powerful love can be.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a fun culinary adventure that blends Indian and French cultures. Starring Helen Mirren, the film tells the story of an Indian family opening a restaurant in the south of France, right across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant.
This movie is not only a feast for the eyes but also includes a great romance subplot between the Indian main character and a rival French chef.
The Broken Hearts Gallery is a romantic comedy that delves into the quirky side of love. The movie showcases a gallery of mementos from failed relationships, turning heartbreak into art. If you’re looking for a fresh take on romance with a diverse cast, this is the perfect movie for you!
This next film is a little different than the others we’ve listed so far. Shot as a documentary, this hilarious and uplifting film follows Ravi Patel, an Indian-American actor, as he embarks on a journey to find love.
Although this isn’t your typical romance movie, we think it’s worth a watch. It expertly navigates the cultural expectations of Indian families while also talking about interracial love and marriage in modern times.
This final film recommendation is on the older side, but if you’re looking for a meaningful film that will leave an impact, you’ll need to check out Bhaji on The Beach. Centered around a group of South Asian women from Birmingham on a day trip to Blackpool Beach, this unique and thought-provoking film explores cultural clashes, generational differences, and the pursuit of love and happiness in a foreign land.
Bonus movie to check out: Namaste Wahala!
An interracial romance hits humorous and heart-wrenching hiccups as the couple’s parents fight tooth and nail against their relationship.
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