Bollywood: The World's Biggest Film Industry

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Bollywood: The World's Biggest Film Industry

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

A two-part documentary presented by Anita Rani, which tells you it’ll be upbeat and accessible. Rani’s energy is a good fit for a trip to India to go behind the scenes of Bollywood, a movie phenomenon built on colour and escapist spectacle.

In places the set visits are informing us about the process of film-making generally, rather than Bollywood specifically, although they’re no less fun or interesting for that: Rani’s half-decent stab at taking the lead in a song-and-dance sequence shows how editing can fix what a choreographer can’t, the controlled chaos of an action crowd scene is thrillingly captured, and a visit to two veteran foley artists in a shed is hilarious. But there’s plenty in a colourful hour to show how Bollywood is not like Hollywood: the stunningly elaborate costumes and screaming fans are on another level.

Summary

Part one of two. Anita Rani explores the world of Indian cinema, revealing the extraordinary stories and secrets behind an industry that employs more than a quarter of a million people. She begins her journey in Mumbai - the home of Bollywood - where the stars tower over the city on enormous murals. Anita discovers just how important the movies are to everyday people at one of the city's oldest cinemas, where she quickly finds herself in the middle of a screaming mob as the cast of that night's film make a surprise appearance.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Anita Rani
Director Chris Parkin
Executive Producer Dominique Walker
Producer Sarah Muhsen
Series Producer Chris Parkin
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