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October 10, 2005

Bollywood Hollywood

Take Pretty Woman add songs in Hindi and a grandma who spends more time quoting Shakespeare (appropriate or not) than speaking, add some Indian Female impersonators and voilà you have Bollywood Hollywood--a spectacular celebration in song and dance.

I really don't know what to make of this film except that it is so internally self-referential that it raises itself to metacinematic proportions. Does anyone know the origin of Bollywood? Are most films from India filmed in Bombay, or are the major film studios in Bombay?

Anyway, this movie was fast-paced, the English of the actors was accented in such a way that it was a little hard to follow (King of like most of Gosford Park. As I said before all of the musical numbers were in Hindi, and they were lovely. I've decided that if this represents some version of Indian "Pop" culture, I very much like it. I like the blend of instruments and voice even if I haven't a clue what they are singing.


Posted by Steven Riddle at October 10, 2005 8:54 AM

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Yes, the major Hindi film studios are all based in Bombay.

Really that's where the Indian film industry began.

I have an opinion on almost everything under the sun . . . except Hindi films. Some I like so much, but most I really don't . . . not sure what my overall feling is.

Posted by: Dev Thakur at October 11, 2005 2:57 PM

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