Lisa Deutsch Harrigan wrote:
> The Indian Film Industry is concentrated in Mumbai (Was Bombay).
> Thus it was nicknamed Bollywood (with a B for Bombay) years ago.
> They make hundreds of films every year and actually put
> Hollywood to shame with the volume. Indians go to the movies
> the way America did in the 30s, in other words a lot. Most movies
> have songs in them (musical isn't completely accurate since they
> will only have 1-3 per movie and they aren't always any part of
> the plot).
And don't forget -- your average Bollywood movie is usually three
hours long! Mumbai moviegoers expect a lot of bang for their
rupee, and filmmakers try to produce movies that will have a
little something for everybody (an approach called "masala"):
romance, action, low comedy, and of course singing and dancing.
Things get really interesting when this formula is applied to remakes
of American movies (a common practice). In January I was in San
Francisco for the MacWorld conference, and got to go to a theater
(the Naz 8 in Fremont) that shows first-run Bollywood movies.
I saw KAANTE ('Thorns'), a Bollywood remake of -- believe it or
not -- RESERVOIR DOGS, complete with bloody bank-heist gone
wrong, cop-torture, crooks betraying crooks, _and_ lots of song-
and-dance numbers! It actually worked, since most of the musical
numbers were presented as performances in a night club operated
by one of the characters, though there was one point at which the
crooks themselves sang a humorous song about what they
were going to do with all their loot.
I really love Bollywood!
-- Patrick H. Wynne