Although American and British films are universally popular, Bollywood is still big in and outside of India. Many Kodi Bollywood addons are designed just for Bollywood fans, streaming great content direct from India. And while some of the best Bollywood addons for Kodi are Bollywood-specific, there are many well-known addons that cover the gamut from Bollywood to Hollywood. This list should help get you started on your search for everything Bollywood has to offer.
To ensure effectiveness, we tested each of these addons. Our process involved first installing each add-on to ensure that the installation process works. We then went through each addon’s menus to determine whether they contained either a Bollywood section or language section that connected to Bollywood films. Finally, we tested several links from different sections to ensure that there are functional links streaming from the addon. While we cannot guarantee that every link works, we can verify that a) the add-on installation process is effective (as evidenced by the screencaps), b) the addons have a good selection of Bollywood films and c) that there are at least some links that work via the random selection process.
We also tested over two dozen addons through the search process. This includes some of the more popular addons, some addons others were suggesting, and many addons we decided to give a try that others weren’t suggesting in other locations. Hopefully, this list helps connect you to great Bollywood content!
Update 7/27/2017: We’ve done some heavy updates on this piece and removed a fair number of options. We’ve also added several new options to consider.
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Best Kodi Addons for Desi, Hindi, and Punjabi Films
The list below represents a fairly thorough search through the many Kodi addon repositories for addons that offer up the best Desi, Hindi, and Punjabi film content. That said, there’s a large number of addons out there, so if you see one we’ve missed, let us know! We’ll be happy to check it and review it.
TV on Desi Zone
You’ll find TV on Desi Zone gives a good variety of options for both casual Bollywood fans and hardcore fans alike. This is one of the few addons that takes special care to give you a more interesting viewing experience with the visual layout. The result is a somewhat slower loading time, however, so this add-on is not quite the right option for the impatient. However, you get a lot of great options here. Although this Kodi Bollywood addon focuses primarily on tv shows and channels (with a smattering of American ones thrown in), you’ll be able to find movies littered throughout by trying out a few channels. This isn’t the best option you can find, but it’s a great one, and it’s nice to see an addon with a different take on the user interface.
TV on Desi Zone is available in the SuperRepo Repository. Click here to access our SuperRepo installation guide, then proceed with the installation for this addon.
After adding SuperRepo, do the following to install TV on Desi Zone:
- From your Kodi home screen, click on Addons
- Select the Package Symbol
- Click on Install from zip
- Click on SuperRepo Repository
- Select Video addons
- Locate and select TV on Desi Zone
Once completed, you’ll find TV on Desi Zone with the rest of your video addons.
TV on Desi Zone is easily one of the best options you’re going to find for Bollywood content. With a mixture of live TV and on-demand movie and TV content, TV on Desi Zone is definitely one you’re going to want to install.
Exodus is popular for a lot of reasons. It scrapes a large number of different websites for working streams, helping solve the headache-inducing struggle to find working streams through your own manpower and research. Yet it’s also well-organized, even for Bollywood films. While Exodus does not have a dedicated “Bollywood” section, you can find Hindi, Desi and Punjabi films by searching by language. The language search will also bring up non-Bollywood films in the mix. However, the selection of Bollywood films is extremely large, especially for new movies.
Perhaps disappointingly, Exodus is no longer supported by any developers that we know of. Support was being maintained by developer COLDFIRE (also known as Agent 47). However, he informed the community that he was dropping support in late July. He also indicated that he joined the development team for the Covenant addon, which we’ve also added to this list.
It’s only fair for us to list Covenant when listing Exodus here. Although these two addons are not the same, they are based on the same code. The menus and functions work almost exactly the same as a result, and for the most part, these two addons scrape from the exact same sites. If you look inside Exodus for Bollywood content, you should also be looking here. Just in case Exodus goes down and no longer provides you access to the Desi, Hindi, and Punjabi films you want, Covenant may well a working option for you.
As with Exodus and Covenant, you can find Bollywood content here with a little bit more legwork than with the top options. Specto is in the same family as those two addons, making it a great option considering it scrapes the same sites for content. However, unlike Exodus and Covenant, there’s no “languages” option in Specto, so you’ll have to find your content by knowing exactly what you want and using the search function.
Genesis Reborn is yet another addon in the same family as Exodus, Specto, and Covenant. However, Genesis Reborn shares more in common with Specto, particularly given both Genesis Reborn and Specto are more direct descendants of the original Genesis addon. Like Specto, you can find Bollywood films, but you’ll need to use the search function to get them more quickly. Again, this means knowing what you’re looking for ahead of time. You can still scroll through long lists of films, but this will be particularly time consuming with no dedicated Bollywood film section.
1Channel is a viable option for Bollywood content, but you’re going to have to work a little harder to find it. There are no menu options that specify or categorize Bollywood films. If you know what you’re looking for, you can enter it into the 1Channel Kodi addon search option. There’s a good chance something you’re looking for will appear through the search function. Good luck trying to find it otherwise, however, without a large amount of scrolling through long lists of films.
ApaliMarathi is not quite Bollywood but offers some very interesting movie selections from this unique region of India. The movie quality is good as are the stream options. Be warned that subtitles are not common here. If you don’t speak the language but you’re hoping to check out some of the great movie choices here, you might be a bit left out or lost. Alternatively, if you’re ok watching movies without understanding the language and context, feel free. For Marathi speakers: enjoy!
ApaliMarathi appears to have survived amongst a large number of Bollywood-focused addons that shut down, such as Phoenix and ZemTV. Thankfully, this addon is still working as well now (July 2017) as it did when we tested it several months ago.
ApaliMarathi is located in the SuperRepo repository. Click here to access our SuperRepo installation guide to install the repository first.
After installing SuperRepo, do the following:
- From your Kodi home screen, go to Addons
- Click on the Package Symbol (top left)
- Select Install from repository
- Click on SuperRepo Repository
- Click on Video Addons
- Locate, click on, and install ApaliMarathi
You’ll find ApaliMarathi among the rest of your Kodi video addons after a successful installation.
If you’re looking for some excellent streaming TV content, you’ll find it with cCloud TV. This addon primarily focuses on American content but does host a good amount of Hindi channels as well. We even found some good Punjabi channels in the mix. Some of the channels coming out of India are also in English, so don’t be fooled by seeing “Enbglish” next to the channel name. Instead, when looking through the international section, just check the country of origin. You’ll see “IN” in parenthesis next to the channel name. Those channels are all coming out of India. We counted how many channels are offered through here, and it’s over 85. This makes cCloud TV one of the best sources for potential Bollywood films and TV shows.
Finding Great Bollywood Content: A Few Tips
Finding Bollywood content on Kodi is not always the most intuitive, especially with so many addons focusing specifically on American and British content. However, we can provide a few tips for those who really need to find great content, and are generally frustrated with the search process.
1. Download super-repositories and look for regional-specific repos.
This was the primary method we used in our search process. Looking for regional repositories helps the search process. But you won’t find those specific repos easily unless you download a few super-repositories first. We found the Fusion (now Indigo) super repository extremely helpful for this, as it provides sections just for different region and languages. You may also find success with SuperRepo, which houses many of the same repositories and addons that Fusion does.
2. Be willing to try and fail.
Quite honestly, a lot of addons really don’t work. If you’re doing your own investigation, be prepared to spend a lot of time with addons that don’t do anything. They may look good and seem like they carry great content, but be sure to check links — and be ready for a lot of disappointment. Many addons are either created and never actually finished, or simply poorly designed in the first place. Furthermore, many addons may have been working at one point, but do not work now. Content streams come and go, so addons that are not updated regularly are far more likely to have an endless stream of dead links.
3. Share great addons if you find them.
Found a few great addons that do work and provide great Bollywood content? Don’t see it on our list? Please do let us know! We’ll post it up here on the site so that others can find out about it! There are far more addons out there waiting to be discovered, so feel free to share any good finds that you may come across. We’ll be happy to test them and add them to our list.