Bollywood: A History

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Item Code: IDJ393
Author: Mihir Bose
Publisher: Lotus Collection Roli Books
Language: English
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 9788174366535
Pages: 380 (Color Illus: 9, B/W Illus: 7)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.2 X 6.1"
Weight 560 gm
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From the Jacket

Hollywood may define our idea of movies but it is the city of Bombay on the west coast of India that is now the centre of world cinema. Every year the Indian film industry produces more than 1,000 feature films, every day 14 million Indians go to a movie than for Hollywood ones. The rise of Bombay as the film capital of the world has been both remarkable and amazing. Bollywood takes the cinematic techniques of Hollywood and uses them to produce movie that bear no relation to the original but have a compelling appeal that in the last half century has enthralled audiences throughout Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The movies themselves are a self-contained world with their multiple song and dance routines, intense melodrama, and plots that contain everything from farce to tragedy but always produce a happy ending. The men and women who created these movies are even more remarkable and it is this fantastic, rich, diverse story, a veritable Indian fairyland, that Mihir Bose, a native of Bombay, tells with vivid brilliance in the first comprehensive history of this major social and cultural phenomenon.

About the Author

Mihir Bose was born in 1947, just before Indian independence, and grew up in Bombay. He went to England in 1969 to study and qualified as a chartered accountant. Almost immediately he took to his first love of journalism and writing. He has written for all the major newspapers in Britain, including the Sunday Times for twenty years and the Daily Telegraph since 1995. Having concentrated on business journalism in his early years he now specializes in investigative sports reporting, particularly the growing field of sports business and politics. He has won several awards for his newspaper writing, including Business Columnist of the Year, Sports Reporter of the year and Sports Story of the Year. His History of Indian Cricket was the first book by an Indian writer to win the prestigious Cricket Society Literary Award in 1990 His study of sports and apartheid Sporting Colours was runner-up in the 1994 William Hill Sports Books of the Year Award. He has so far written twenty-one books ranging from histories and biographies to books on business, cricket and football. He lives with his wife in west London.


Mihir Bose Biography 6
Acknowledgements 7
Prologue: With Pamela in Search of Bollywood 9
Part I: Step with the World  
I The Creators 38
2 The Mighty Banyan Tree 56
3 Growing Under the Banyan Tree 67
Part II: When Bollywood was like Hollywood: The Studio Era  
4 Mavericks, Eccentrics, Bigamists 86
5 The Road to Bombay via Munich and London 106
6 Making a Nation Through films 118
7 The Children of Rai 128
8 Blondes and Brunettes: Bollywood's White Women 142
Part III: Minting Film Gold in Bombay  
9 Searching for the Right Masala 160
10 The Great Indian Showman 172
11 Bollywood's Classic Era 190
12 Asif's Godot Finally Arrives 211
Part IV: A Laugh, a Song and a Tear  
13 The Explosion of the Bombay Film Song 222
14 Laughter and Tears 245
Part V: Anger and After  
15 A Shy Man and his Use of Anger: 264
16 The Great Indian Curry Western 281
17 Change in a Time of Darkness 298
18 The Final Frontier 317
19 Afterword 346
Bibliography 363
List of Illustrations 374
Index 375

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