Brilliant Bollywood Brightens Brentford

By Sabira Moledina | 11 June 2002

Sabira Moledina recommends this really colourful show in Brentford - get there before it shuts!

'Bollywood in Love' is a poster exhibition exploring the concepts of love and romance at the Waterman's Centre in Brentford. The show closes on Sunday, June 16.

Bollywood is the world's most prominent film industry and produces 800 films a year - twice as many as Hollywood.

From courtship to romance, melodrama to fantasy, kitsch to song and dance, Bollywood is soaring to new heights and as well as remaining at the heart of Indian culture, it attracts a huge global audience reaching out as far as Australia and Canada.

The images date from the 1940s to modern times and belong to the British Film Institute's (bfi) vast collection of almost 1000 Indian film posters supported with loans from museums, the film industry and private collectors.

Bollywood in Love looks at India cinema's passion for romance through a wide collection of classic and contemporary posters spanning a period of over 50 years and feature Bollywood's all time favourites such as Mother India, Sholay, Pakeezah and Umrao Jaan.

Asoka, one of the most recent Bollywood films starring Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor is the first Indian film to get a West End premier in London's Leicester Square and gained profound recognition in the British press.

Bombay Dreams, Andrew Lloyd Webber's recent musical breakthrough tells the story of a man who dreams about having a Bollywood career and is already proving to be popular amongst the dedicated Bollywood followers.

Most Bollywood films traditionally detach themselves from sexual displays of affection as opposed to Hollywood films where sex is considered a glamorous characteristic and instead make do with a 'fantasy song and dance' sequence which enables actors/actresses to declare their love and provides a good opportunity to display the female body.

The first Bollywood screen kiss ever to take place was between Karisma Kapoor and Aamir Khan in the film Raja Hindustani - in 1996.

One of the most common and popular backdrops used for dance routines is monsoon rain where the woman's sari is drenched to accentuate her body in a beguiling but innocent manner!

Many Bollywood stars such as Amitabh Bachan, Akshay Kumar and Dharmendra have found their lifelong partners on-screen and their children appear in the current Bollywood smash hits.

'Bollywood in Love' encapsulates India's fantasy world of love and takes you on a surreal journey where you can lose yourself for a moment in a perfect world.

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