Your First Bollywood Film
In our inaugural episode we discuss who we are and why we love Hindi cinema, aka. Bollywood. As well as dispelling some common misconceptions about Bollywood, we reveal some good picks for films to watch if you’re new to Bollywood and where to find them.
Erin lists her credentials Matt failed to major in Bollywood in University Shout out to The Pulp (where we first publicly exposed our respective interest in Bollywood) First mention of Shah Rukh Khan Mother India and Lootera Bollywood’s global popularity Dhoom 3, India’s The Fast and The Furious The open secret that is Hindi cinema Misconceptions dispelled:
Bollywood ≠ Indian Cinema How many movies come out of Bollywood every year? Medium, not genre All Hindi films are not musicals Not every movie is three hours long
The importance of marketable songs and a shout out to Will Smith Surprising Michael Bay analogy
INTERVAL (“Gallan Goodiyaan” from Dil Dhadakne Do, note: the dance for this song is done in one 5 minute take)
Our picks for the best Hindi films for newcomers Using iTunes and other legal ways to watch your Hindi films So much drama Is there anything Farhan Akhtar can’t do? Matt lays down a fancy film studies term: “diegetic” Erin discusses feminism (take a drink?) Political controversies Canadians should launch a smear campaign against Argo Shirtless dudes, part one of an ongoing series at BIFL
Tejaswini Ganti’s Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema Kush Varia’s Bollywood: Gods, Glamour, and Gossip Mihir Bose’s Bollywood: A History
Thanks to all our friends who encouraged us to do this!
NEXT WEEK: The biggest and brightest stars in the Bollywood galaxy!
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