In celebration of the Library's Bollywood Film Series beginning June 5th, we have created this LibGuide to provide the public more more information on Bollywood films, give suggestions of top movies to watch, and provide more information about the Film Series Event here at the Library.
The films will be every Wednesday Evening June 5th through July 10th starting at 5:30 in the Second Floor Events Room at the Main Library.
June 5: Ek Tha Tiger (2012) 132 mins
June 12: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) 175 mins
June 19: Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012) 139 mins
June 26: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) 140 mins
July 3: Delhi Belly (2011) 90 mins *May contain content inappropriate for young viewers.
July 10: Ra.One (2011) 156 mins
Websites about Bollywood Films
What is a Bollywood Film?
Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Maharashtra, India. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world. Bollywood is formally referred to as Hindi cinema.
The name "Bollywood" is a portmanteau derived from Bombay (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry.
However, unlike Hollywood, Bollywood does not exist as a physical place.
The term "Bollywood" itself has origins in the 1970s, when India overtook America as the world's largest film producer. Credit for the term has been claimed by several different people, including the lyricist, filmmaker and scholar Amit Khanna, and the journalist Bevinda Collaco.
Songs from Bollywood movies are generally pre-recorded by professional playback singers, with the actors then lip syncing the words to the song on-screen, often while dancing. While most actors, especially today, are excellent dancers, few are also singers.
The dancing in Bollywood films, especially older ones, is primarily modelled on Indian dance: classical dance styles, dances of historic northern Indian courtesans or folk dances.
In modern films, Indian dance elements often blend with Western dance styles (as seen on MTV or in Broadway musicals), though it is usual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in the same film.
The hero or heroine will often perform with a troupe of supporting dancers. Many song-and-dance routines in Indian films feature unrealistically instantaneous shifts of location or changes of costume between verses of a song.
If the hero and heroine dance and sing a duet, it is often staged in beautiful natural surroundings or architecturally grand settings. This staging is referred to as a "picturisation".
Above Picture: Scene from the film, Devdas
Q: How can I understand the movie if it is in Hindi?
A: All Bollywood films feature English subtitles, as well as subtitles in other languages.
Q: How long do Bollywood films last?
A: Bollywood films tend to be longer than a typical Hollywood film, they can be anywhere from 2 and 1/2 hours to 3 and 1/2 hours long.
Q: How do I find Bollywood films to watch?
A: The Main branch of the Huntsville Public Library features a wide variety of Bollywood films available for check out.