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India: Major Producer and Exporter of Film (01:16)


India is the biggest film producing and exporting country in the world. Production takes place in most states in regional languages. Hindi films are watched in many parts of the world, despite the cultural and language differences.

Cinema in India (01:44)

Bombay, the world’s largest city, is also the economic power in India and the home of Indian cinema. Religion, cricket, and cinema influence all levels of society. Indian myths and traditions are sources for film stories.

Shahrukh Khan: Indian Film Star (02:31)

Shahrukh Khan, India’s biggest film star, does whatever it takes to fill a particular role. Indian films, like Western cabarets, have music and dance. Like a court jester, Khan’s role is to make the audience happy.

Production Sets and Film Actress Manisha Koirala (02:40)

India’s studio sets are the world’s largest and most glamorous. Manisha Koirala is India’s finest and best-paid actress. Producers decide on sets and locations, giving the stories a larger than life atmosphere.

India's Film Stars (02:47)

India’s film stars prefer studio life and avoid crowds. Film stars are also pop stars, and in their fans’ eyes, they become gods. The work is physical and sensual. Actors must be fast, flexible, and creative.

Mani Ratnam's "Bombay" (03:10)

India draws from a vast pool of acting talent. India’s films range in quality and genre. “Bombay,” directed by Mani Ratnam, is a genuine Indian epic that depicts a larger than life story that is based in reality.

Filming Santosh Sivan's "Asoka" (05:00)

In a northern Indian village, director Santosh Sivan hires locals as extras for “Asoka,” an epic of an Indian emperor starring Shahrukh Khan. Indian film stars do whatever is necessary to make the film, including learning to ride a horse.

Importance of Indian Cinema (02:26)

Indian films are character based and rely on emotion. Since film is so important to the Indian life, Khan feels a responsibility to cater to everyone in the audience. Indian cinema is colorful, beautiful, and raw, like the country itself.

Indian Cinema, Music, Film Stars, and the Media (05:47)

Film songs and music, like that from the film “Dil Se,” make up most of the music industry in India. Posters all over the city depict film stars and their films. Indian media coverage of film is greater than any other country in the world.

Indian Actress Manisha Koirala (06:17)

After ten years of playing the stranded heroine, Manisha Koirala expands her roles to other genres, starring in “Escape from Taliban” and playing former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Cinema fans expect Indian actresses to remain single.

Manisha Koirala: Actress and Film Producer (04:31)

Manisha Koirala likes the challenge of being her own producer for films like “Paisa Vasool.” Indian films open with a religious symbol, not the production house and distributor. On the set it is stress free with traditional chai tea breaks.

India's Entertainment: The Cinema (01:35)

Lacking other types of entertainment, cinema has become a major part of Indian life. Its songs monopolize the music industry. Each song is connected to images of the film. Song and dance can make or break a film.

Indian Film: Depiction of Real Life (04:18)

“Chalte Chalte,” starring Khan and directed by Aziz Mirza, represents the new social realism of India’s growing and educated middle class. Indian morals prohibit sex scenes; sensuality is depicted through music, color, and dance.

Indian Cinema Influence on Music and Culture (03:57)

Indian films are advertised on hand painted billboards. Even lesser quality films are well attended. Wedding receptions incorporate songs from popular films for entertainment.

India's Film Sets (03:09)

Bombay is home to 15 film studios. Film sets include grandiose palaces. India’s formula film is more realistic and culturally based than Western formula films. There is no such thing as minimalism in Indian culture.

Indian Cinema: A Way of Life (03:11)

The most prestigious award for commercial cinema, India’s Filmfare Award is the Oscar of Hindi film. Small budget films and international scenarios are becoming more popular in Indian cinema.

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This program travels extensively through the colorful landscape of Indian cinema, providing insightful contrasts and comparisons to the film industry most Westerners know. Interviews with Shah Rukh Khan, India’s rugged action hero, and Manisha Koirala, a top female star, examine the unusual pressures of Indian film acting. Sensuality without sex, the brevity of female stardom, and the premium placed on fantasy and escape are some of the issues discussed. For an exploration of “the other Hollywood”—vastly different from, yet surprisingly similar to, America’s—Larger Than Life promises an unequalled itinerary. (Portions in Hindi with English subtitles, 57 minutes)

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL33907

ISBN: 978-1-4213-0858-6

Copyright date: ©2004

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