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Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema: A Visual Journey through the Heart of Bollywood Hardcover – June 1, 2005
"[I]t does offer a striking visual journey, and while the essays tend to take a backseat to the engaging graphic design, taken together they represent a helpful overview of the subject."
"The heavily-illustrated work imparts the carnivalesque style of the now globally popular Bollywood films of India--the exotic, often extravagant, costumes, the promotional stunts, the common themes such as traditional morality and romance and marriage, the blaring music, the theater and constant motion and sense of anticipation and surprise. In the foreword, Amitabh Bachchan explains the Bollywood films are "inspired by epic and folk theatre." In the early days of the films, movie moguls would send messengers with drums to announce a film's opening; like Indian royalty in ages past would have bells and drums sounded to call the public for an announcement. The often collage-like visual material is so vivid and jumpy that it can override the text. But for ones looking for material on the making and promotion of Bollywood films, social and religious subjects reflected in them, their distribution in the global entertainment system, and the marginal, yet influential Tamil cinema, it's found in substantive chapters by different writers knowledgeable in these areas. A timely, unique work on the Bollywood films whose mixed, yet focused content mirrors the mixed elements and vitality of such films."
From the Publisher
Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema explores the inner world of Bombay film, the best known of Indias movie industries. Many aspects of Hindi cinema are brought to life on the pages of this richly illustrated book from its beginnings to the present day. Many well known experts have written a contribution for this book.
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Top Customer Reviews
Of all the Bollywood books I read, this one was, by far, the best one available
The book showcases aspects and foundations of the Bollywood cinema genre, including the roles of villains, hereos, heroines, etc, and how each of them tie into the common dramatic themes and stories of Bollywood films
In addition, the book is filled with EXCELLENT pictures, giving great visual justification to every major point and argument
Lastly, it does a good job of referencing many Bollywood films, both new and classical, giving readers a good opportunity to go back and review those films, if need be
Overall, this book is advertised and marketed as a sensational fanbook of Bollywood, but from an intellectual and film scholar perspective, I would conclude that this is the best book on Bollywood that I have read and studied, both sensationally and intellectually
Thank you for reading and Happy Buying!!!!