A high school Bollywood presentation!

Publié le 14 Avril 2012

Hi!

Last thursday my wife Frederique asked me to introduce Bollywood to her final year students, and since it was fun and also since I was not able to show the last two slides, here they all are, with the links to the two extracts! Enjoy!

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Suja 16/04/2012 13:56


Like Madhu above, I am a bit surprised by a few things you say, but still, I am rather glad that you took the trouble to introduce some young people in France to Indian cinema. Whether they like
it or not, they may become curious and see at least one and perhaps some of them would learn to appreciate an art form from the other side of the world. You have been an ambassador for Indian
cinema and for that I, as an Indian, give my thanks.

yves 17/04/2012 23:04



Hello Suja,


Thanks a lot for the good words! What explains your surprise is perhaps that there's a difference between what I normally write for a more learned audience, and what I think best suited for a
general public who do not necessarily much about about Indian Cinema.



dustedoff 15/04/2012 08:10


Interesting, Yves! How was your little exposition on Indian cinema received? Had anybody actually seen any of these films?


I disagree with some of the stuff you've said.. that bit about the audience singing along and clapping, for instance (and I've seen films not just in the big cities, but also in smaller ones), or
the one about people throwing things at the screen, or asking for replays - that may have happened way back in the 70s, but no longer. And kissing is no longer taboo. Happens fairly frequently,
in fact.


I find it ironical that among the landmark films you've listed, several - like Awara, Devdas, Mother India or Shatranj ke Khiladi - wouldn't really qualify as 'masala'.


But I guess that was deliberate - if you're just introducing an unfamilar form of cinema to a new audience, some generalisations can be made, looking at the more broad aspects of the cinema
culture of an area.


 


 


 

yves 15/04/2012 12:44



Hello Madhu and thanks for posting!


This presentation was for students who hadn't seen any Indian movies.


The info about the reaction of the audiences comes from a book which gives these reactions, but it's true that I haven't been in actual cinemas to check!! Perhaps the author (Ophélie Wiel,
"Bollywood et les autres") also based herself on a time when this used to happen and it doesn't happen any more!


Yes you're right, there were a lot of simplifications, and the slide "some famous films" was not introduced as "masala" specifically. But indeed there was a possible confusion, because I don't
think the listeners could easily have made the distinction between what I presented as masala first and the list of landmark movies later. And I included Slumdog millionnaire which isn't even an
Indian movie!


bye!