Cheapo Desis get Free Bollywood Movies on Hulu

All ye cheapo desis in the U.S., cheer up.

Here’s one more freebie for all you pukkat loving punks.

Bollywood distributor and marketer Saavn is bringing Hindi movies to online video service Hulu.

Owned by NBC Universal, News Corp. and Providence Equity Partners, Hulu offers TV shows, movies and clips free to U.S. viewers.

Five full-length Bollywood movies including the pathetic Sarkar, the hilarious Hera Pheri, Deewana, the so-so Hulchul and Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke are now available on Hulu.

Works Fine
A short while ago, we tested the service to see how the thing would work on our cheap 20-inch Acer LCD monitor, Acer dual core-PC and a 21.20 Mbps high-speed Internet connection.

We logged on to Hulu, picked Sarkar as our choice. No pesky registration issues on Hulu. Just log on, pick the movie you like and hit the play button.

After a short advertisement for Honda cars (that we muted by turning down the volume), Sarkar streamed just fine with English subtitles. No technical issues either with the video or the audio.

After watching for a few minutes, we dragged the tab at the bottom of the screen to the 41st minute. Another brief ad appeared (this time for the University of Phoenix) and the movie resumed with Amitabh Bachchan saying Pushpa, zara achar lao (Pushpa, get the pickles).

By the way, we opted for the full screen option.

Personally, we’re not great fans of watching movies on the PC. We prefer the theatre experience or our home theatre.

But since you desi skinflints out there will watch anything as long as it’s pukkat, we thought we’d bring you this news.

Saavn (a joint venture of [212]Media and Hungama Mobile) is promising more movies later this year.


6 Responses to "Cheapo Desis get Free Bollywood Movies on Hulu"

  1. sumeshy   May 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Hey SI,
    do you have a separate section to cover the recent elections in india? Responds:

    We usually put that into Politics or General.

  2. guruji   May 7, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    You underestimate the cheapness of us desis.

    We are already watching a lot of free stuff on and

    Youtube has some free stuff coming up at Responds:

    Oh, no.

    We don’t underestimate the cheapness of U.S./us desis at all.

    We know desis living here for nearly 10 years who still pick up discarded things on the street (furniture, broken television sets et al).

    When it comes to Cheap, none can beat us.

    We are a cheap class apart. 😉

    BTW, the link you provided above is not working. Are you sure you have the right link?

  3. guruji   May 7, 2009 at 7:53 pm is the correct link. Google returns proper results if you search on this site link. May be it is down now for maintenance.

  4. Raju   May 7, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    tragedy struck via an email..

    The word is out that you can take home new release DVDs for only a $1 per night from the big red box. We know you know, because you’ve saved that dollar as part of redbox’ Free Movie Mondays promotion, which is ending after May 11.

    However, since so many of us could use an extra buck these days, redbox is going to keep the free flicks coming once a month throughout the summer. Beginning June 1, redbox will send a free movie code to your phone on the first Monday of the month as a thank you for using redbox. Responds:

    Sorry for the delay in responding. We were watching Heat.

    Well, all good things oops cheap things in life must come to an end.

    At least a partial end. 😉

    We haven’t gone to RedBox in the last 10 days or so.

  5. kelambu_kaathu   May 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Oh u didn’t knew tht? We get even Hollywood movz free. check out for free tam movies…

  6. yourmate   May 9, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Another cheap way to watch hollywood movies free is your local county library. The library in my locality carries most of the latest DVD releases (Also they would allow you to rent it for 1 week and if reqd you can extend it by one more week). Surprise they also carry a minor collection of Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam movies. Responds:

    Our city/county library also carries some Indian movies but they are mostly the Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta kind.

    But they have a massive collection of Hollywood DVDs and music CDs.

    BTW, did you know that you can borrow movies/books from all the libraries in the county system with your local library card?

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