Bollywood 2.0

27 08 2009


Like most Western cinema-goers, I suppose, I have only the sketchiest of ideas as to what Bollywood cinema is all about. It involves singing – I’m pretty sure of that – and there’s normally a bit of dancing too. A leering moustachioed villain will make an appearance at some stage in order to menace a beautiful and demure heroine, before being repelled by a handsome and equally moustachioed hero. This much I’ve been able to pick up from the occasional Indian film that I’ve stumbled across on late-night TV.

On a recent visit to Delhi, I decided that it was time to do something about this ignorance of mine. Accordingly, on our last night in town, my girlfriend and I picked a cinema and a film pretty much at random and went along for the show.

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