Saturday, February 05, 2005

Bollywood

Today I have been listening to really groovy music from Bollywood numbers. Bollywood is a term coined for the Indian film industry centred around Mumbai (formerly called Bombay), hence the name.

I really like the song Rang Rang from the film 'Bollywood Hollywood' (2002) directed by Deepa Mehta. I have also been listening to songs from 'Haasil' (2003) by Tigmanshu Dhulia, 'Jodi Kya Banayi Wah Wah Ramji' (2003) by Raman Kumar, and 'Khel' (2003) by Yusuf Khan. Bollywood films are mostly musicals, and the song and dance numbers in them are really really cool.


Best of Bollywood CD cover

Bollywood films are now gaining in popularity outside of India, especially in the UK where many British people are of Indian, Tamil, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani background. Indeed the Indian contribution to British culture is significant, a legacy of British colonialism in India. Not just from words such as shampoo, bungalow and pyjamas, but also in the national cuisine. Chicken tikka masala is Britain's favourite dish. It was a curry created in Britain by Bangladeshi restaurants for the British palate, however, most pub drinkers nowadays follow up their drinking sessions with a hot vindaloo!

Bollywood is now global. The Guru (2002) was an American film (directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer) with Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei which paid homage to Bollywood traditions. Bollywood rocks!

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The rain stopped today, and I managed to go outside briefly to chew some grass. I also cuddled my human for a few hours while he watched movies and tv. I also had a nap on his tummy when he fell asleep! What a perfect day.

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