I hate Bollywood, but…
I hate Bollywood, and all this pointless singing and dancing, all this copying other movie ideas, and the complete lack of effort to actually make a real movie and sell it to Indian audiences. I would go as far and say they don’t have a film industry, they have a musical industry. The difference between Bollywood and Broadway is that they sell their musicals as movies, while you’d have to bribe someone or perform a magic trick to get a Broadway show on DVD.
So we don’t write about Bollywood. But there is an exception. All you readers out there who are familiar with the cult movie Ghostworld will probably already know what I’m talking about. Bollywood is not a new phenomenon. The Indian “film” industry dates back to a time even before the 60s, and today I want to show you a clip from a Bollywood movie that I could watch over and over again. To me, it has a certain James Bond or Indiana Jones flair to it, and really cult-like custome design. And on top of that the music will just stick with you. See for yourself (I posted the Ghostworld trailer further below, that’s how I discovered it).
The movie is called Gumnaam (1965), directed by Raja Nawathe.
And here the Ghostworld trailer (for a discussion about the connection see this blog article here at the Sun Times):