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Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema (Routledge Film Guidebooks)
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After an historical introduction to Indian cinema from the beginnings (just after the invention of cinema) to the glossy new millenium Bollywood of ZeeTV and NRI romances; Ganti procedes to a general presentation of the inner workings of the Hindi Film Industry (name usually prefered by scholars to the term Bollywood): how is a film made in Bombay ? who produces, how? who distributes, where? who has the power? This part along with the long historical introduction are the core material of the book, short but truly essential.
NB Ganti focuses on Bollywood (located in Bombay). for beginners who think that Indian cinema is Bollywood, take note: it's not. Therefore the book acknowledges Middle cinema, art cinema, tamil, telugu, bengali cinema but never deals with these topics.
After the "technical" part of the book, the rest is dedicated to an overview of the major films and personnalities of the profession. The major films chapter provides a very useful filmography that gives the neofit a very interesting selection of films to get to know Bollywood thru the ages. Each film has a detailed summary that sometimes includes historical insights or important trivia.Read more ›
Could have added more photographs.
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I used the kindle version and found it worked well enough for my purpose. In fact I hardly used it and so the electronic rental was handy!Published on May 8, 2014 by A. Blanchard
Book was in great quality. Got delivered quickly. I am very satisfied with this product. A very good read if you are interested in Bollywood CinemaPublished on September 10, 2012 by Brian Koonce