Those who enjoy watching Indian movies will tell you that it’s easy to determine that, just as with any other genre, there are some things that will never go missing from a Bollywood film. In some ways, it feels like there is a formula for Bollywood films, but surprisingly, this can make an Indian movie all the more entertaining. Watching a film like Singham, you can expect to see similar elements in Dohchay, and even filmmakers know of this fact, constantly trying to push the envelope and reimagine their genres.
But if you’re a fan of Indian movies, you could use this to your advantage and play a fun bingo game to see if the movie you’re about to watch is similar to any other Indian movies – and because bingo is a game that nearly everyone knows how to play, you will have no trouble inviting your film-loving friends as well. While not too popular in India, the pastime of bingo has been growing quite steadily in other parts of the world, and in the UK, online sportsbooker Betfair has already begun hosting bingo games themed around more popular shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Deal or No Deal. These themes have allowed the game to spread across more markets, as well as proven the diversity of bingo, and it’s this diversity that allows us to use it to make a game out of watching our favorite films.
To play, you first need to come up with a list of 25 things you feel are common to many Indian movies. These can be anything from themes to archetypes, or scenes. For example, “Corruption of politicians”, “Reformed bad guy”, and “faceoff in a public market” are three scenes that you might find in many action movies. Once you’ve come up with your list, you can use an online bingo card generator like the one on ESL Activities to generate your bingo card. Print out one card for each of your viewing buddies before you watch a film, and as the film goes along, begin to cross out items that you encounter in the film. The first one to complete a BINGO pattern wins the game!