Bollywood: The Indian Cinema Story by Nasreen Munni Kabir [in AsianWeek]
Forget Hollywood, hello Bollywood: With 12 million people going to the movies every day from a potential audience of a billion, India is home to the largest film industry in the entire world. The international phenomenon of Hindi cinema – lovingly referred to as Bollywood – is so huge that even that scion of musical pop culture, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, is appropriating the medium. But before he ruins it for the rest of the world, first check out this book. Part history, part interview, part cultural commentary, part gossip, Bolllywood offers a comprehensive overview of who’s who and what’s what in Indian cinema. And for your answer to the origin of the “Bollywood” name, check out page 21 (!).
Published: 2002 (United States)