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Bollywood 2

a presentation on costumes throughout the history of bollywood

Ali buchwald

on 11 May 2010

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BOLLYWOOD! Origin and Name Bollywood is based in Mumbai, India Though it is believed to represent the whole of the Indian Cinema, it really is only spoken in the Hindi language, which is not the only language spoken or filmed in India. Bollywood, is a cute name, representing its origin- Mumbai, which was formerly called Bombay- mixed with the U.S name for their film industry, Hollywood. The History The very first silent feature film made in India was in 1913, by 1930 india was producing around 200 films per year. In 1931 the very first sound film became a huge success, and filmakers quickly switched to this method The Great Depression, World War II, the Partition and the Indian Independance movement throughout the 1930's and 40's were a tough time for Indian films, though in 1937 the first colour film was shot. Colour in Indian films did not become popular until the 1950's, which at the same time, melodrama's and romances were the shows to see, Influences In the mid 1970's Indian cinema began to see gangsters and bandits, along with violence which had been absent in traditional films. The ancient Sanskrit drama was an influence that highlighted on the dance and and gestures that were essential to the plot of the story Hollywood- the musicals became popular in the 1920's to the 1950's. Indian film makers made their own musicals fictional and mythological. American musicals were reality, Indian musicals were fantasy Bollywood began to do some influencing of their own, in the western world, Baz Luhrmann said that it was bollywood musicals that directly influenced Moulin Rouge. The success of Moulin Rouge sparked the revival of the American musical genre. This revival brought hollywood musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray and Mamma Mia. In 2008, Slumdog Millionair hit the bigscreen. This Bollywood-inspired film was considered a "homage to Hindi comercial cinema" aslo won 4 Golden Globes, and 8 Academy Awards. Bollywood Music and song Songs from Bollywood films are usually pre-recorded by professionals with the Actors lip synching. The opening credits often feature "playback singers" who are sometimes more famous than the actors themselves. Fans will go to a otherwise unappealing film just to hear their favourites. Music directors are extemely influencial on the successs of the film. They have the power to make or break a film with the songs they compose. A new modern influence is to remix the songs, adding beats and rhythms commonly heard today. Songs typically represent what is going on in the movie, sometimes to describe a characters thoughts or is integrated into the plot of the story. Dance Bollywood dance was generally modelled on the dances of historic northern Indian courtesans, and classical Indian Dance styles. Many song-dance numbers quickly (and unrealistically) change location and costumes between verses of the song If a pas de duex is sung between the hero and heroine, it is usually staged in architecturally grand or beautiful natural surroundings (and this is usually when they fall in love) In more modern films, Indian dance elements are infused or blended with Western dance styles. It is no longer uncommon to see traditional Indian dance in one scene and a jazz or jive in the next verse. The End
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