Whether you like it or not, your kids are going to watch movies. Why not use it to have them learn a little, too?
Luckily Netflix U.S. has a huge selection of Hindi movies that are appropriate for kids, and fun to watch. If you want to teach your child Hindi, this is an amazing activity you can do on a regular basis.
If your kids are Hindi beginners, watching movies will help them start listening for Hindi sounds and words. On the other hand, if your kids speak some Hindi, this is a great way to keep their language skills sharp.
Subtitles or No Subtitles?
I’ve been teaching Hindi for years and I always say YES to English subtitles. A purist would disagree, but I think it is most important for the kids to HAVE FUN while they watch these movies. The pressure of struggling to understand the movie without subtitles – can make the movie feel like work.
It’s VERY important for kids to think watching a Hindi movie is a treat. If they feel this way, they will try harder to learn the language. They will subconsciously pick up words they recognize and want to keep watching more.
So, here is a list of six Hindi movies your kids can watch on Netflix:
A slapstick comedy from the 90’s – this movie has two of Bollywood’s biggest heroes in action – Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. Both play small town men, who dream of marrying a rich heiress. Comedy and action ensues when they befriend the girl and her best friend, only to find that a criminal is out to steal her money.
One of India’s most popular animated films, Chota Bheem follows young Bheem in his many adventures. In this movie, an evil demon tries to lure Chota Bheem and his friends with tales of a hidden treasure.
Arguably the biggest hit of 2016, this movie is about girl power all the way! The story follows a wrestler father (Aamir Khan) who dreams of winning the gold medal. Unable to achieve this dream for himself, he trains his daughters to compete in the Commonwealth Games in hopes of bringing home the gold.
A cute story about a little girl and her blind brother, who set out to find Shah Rukh Khan to help restore her brother’s eyesight. Set to a beautiful Rajasthani backdrop, this story is heartwarming, light and a great for young kids everywhere.
5. Jab We Met
A mix of Bollywood masala and a modern, yet appropriate, love story. This light romantic comedy has a chatty Kareena Kapoor meeting a calm, stoic Shahid Kapoor. The two travel through India on trains, buses and rickshaws to reunite her with her family. The movie is fun, playful, set to amazing music and will show your kids various locations around India.
Another 90’s classic, this movie broke all box office records with its family centric plot, big songs and depiction of a traditional Indian joint-family. No villains in this one – except for a somewhat catty mami-ji. Your child will see Indian culture in full form and enjoy a simple story about a family over the years.
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