Hooray For Bollywood

The Hollywood musical and the classic rom-com rolled into one, Indian cinema has its distinct and enviable charms. Here, a primer for the novice viewer.

bollywood primer

So you think Bollywood is all about song and dance? You think it’s about saree-clad men and women striking poses that aren’t usually seen outside an extreme breakdancing video? About eardrum-shattering shriek songs that go on for five minutes or more, several times within a single movie? If that’s how you define Bollywood, I can’t disagree with you. However, there’s so much more to learn about these all-too-predictable, yet highly entertaining Indian films.

Here, we will attempt to demystify Bollywood for you. But before we explain what this genre is really about, please note: The Namesake does not count as a Bollywood film, and neither does Slumdog Millionaire. To qualify as a true Bollywood movie, the film must have several important ingredients:

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