Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking

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Harcourt, 2007 - Performing Arts - 260 pages
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Bollywood movies are glorious, colorful spectacles of romance, action, drama, song, and dance. The biggest film industry in the world, Bollywood puts out some nine hundred movies a year, which are watched by passionate fans around the globe.

Stephen Alter—a writer who grew up in India and has inside access to Bollywood—acts as translator and tour guide in this firsthand look into the world of Bombay films. Following the making of a Bollywood version of Othello, he explores the enormous popularity of Hindi movies and reveals the actors, directors, musicians, and feats of artifice that make them so compelling and unique. From the blessing ceremony performed each time a movie starts shooting to the secrets behind the song- and-dance extravaganzas, Fantasies of a Bollywood Love-Thief is a beguiling introduction to the rituals and culture of a moviemaking industry so similar to and yet utterly different from our own.

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Review: Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking

User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

Cheesy title aside, this is an interesting account of the making of Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara, a Hindi adaptation of Othello set in UP's badlands. Stephen Alter profiles a range of artists -- from ... Read full review

Review: Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking

User Review  - LCPL Lake County (IN) Public Library - Goodreads

To the Western world, Bollywood films are explosions of color, song, and dancing. To the people that create them, they are a labor of love, politics, and hard work. This is a great exploration of the glamorous world of Bollywood. --SS, St. John Branch Read full review

About the author (2007)

STEPHEN ALTER is the author of seven books of fiction and four books of nonfiction. As a writer-in-residence at MIT, he has received both a Guggenheim and a Fulbright fellowship. He lives and works in India.

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