Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking

Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking Bollywood movies are glorious colorful spectacles of romance action drama song and dance The biggest film industry in the world Bollywood puts out some nine hundred movies a year which are watc

  • Title: Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking
  • Author: Stephen Alter
  • ISBN: 9780156030847
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bollywood movies are glorious, colorful spectacles of romance, action, drama, song, and dance The biggest film industry in the world, Bollywood puts out some nine hundred movies a year, which are watched by passionate fans around the globe Stephen Alter a writer who grew up in India and has inside access to Bollywood acts as translator and tour guide in this firsthand loBollywood movies are glorious, colorful spectacles of romance, action, drama, song, and dance The biggest film industry in the world, Bollywood puts out some nine hundred movies a year, which are watched by passionate fans around the globe Stephen Alter a writer who grew up in India and has inside access to Bollywood acts as translator and tour guide in this firsthand look into the world of Bombay films Following the making of a Bollywood version of Othello, he explores the enormous popularity of Hindi movies and reveals the actors, directors, musicians, and feats of artifice that make them so compelling and unique From the blessing ceremony performed each time a movie starts shooting to the secrets behind the song and dance extravaganzas, Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief is a beguiling introduction to the rituals and culture of a moviemaking industry so similar to and yet utterly different from our own.

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    About "Stephen Alter"

    1. Stephen Alter

      STEPHEN ALTER is the son of American missionaries to the Himalayas, and was raised in India The author of seven books for adults, he is the former Writer in Residence at MIT, and a recipient of a Fulbright grant He currently lives in India with his wife, where he is researching his newest book for adults a behind the scenes look at the world of Bollywood.

    541 thoughts on “Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking”

    1. Man, I enjoyed this! Alter does not have an earthshakingly great prose style, and he doesn't have the most piercing insights or analysis into the world of Hindi cinema -- but what he does have is real affection for the film world, and ACCESS. His cousin is a longtime industry figure, and in the insular world of Bollywood, once you have a connection you are hooked up with everyone, apparently.Alter concentrates on the making of the film "Omkara" (very good; go see it), from the initial concept th [...]


    2. This book was ok. I enjoyed reading about artists whose work I have seen. It was hard to fully enjoy the book since I don't think the movie it profiles is as good as Alter thinks it is. I didn't feel I learned that much that was new or interesting but his point of view is a unique one as an Indian of American origin.



    3. I picked this book up (the picture of Bipasha Basu on the cover helped a little) so I can have something to kill time on a long flight. After looking at the cheesy title again, I just chose to sleep during the flight. This book sat on my bookshelf for a year but I am very glad That I finally decided to read it.I have very much enjoyed it. It's a contemporary look (of sorts) into making of a film in the Hindi Film Industry. The creation of Omkara, a Bollywood adaptation of Othello is used as the [...]


    4. This was very fun to read, and I found it fascinating. The author grew up in India and has a cousin who works in Bollywood as an actor. For the book he mainly follows the production of a single Bollywood film, Omkara, but also sprinkles in chapters based on interviews with famous or influential Bollywood insiders not involved with this film.I had actually happened to watch Omkara just a few weeks before starting this book, so I found it especially fun to get an inside look at how that film came [...]


    5. Cheesy title aside, this is an interesting account of the making of Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara, a Hindi adaptation of Othello set in UP's badlands. Stephen Alter profiles a range of artists -- from lyricists like Gulzar to actors like Kareena Kapoor to screenwriters like Robin Bhatt -- that contribute to a cinematic tradition and uniquely poetic approach to storytelling that has roots in Urdu language Parsi theatre and Indian epics. Although I wish Hindi cinema produced as many art films as Bengal [...]


    6. A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Indian film industry which is eye-opening when one considers how antithetical certain aspects are to conventional Hollywood practices. And yet the movies get made, by the dozen, by the hundreds There is extensive coverage of the making of the film Omkara which I have subsequently seen (and recommend;).


    7. i'm not really into this third culture stuff, but as for someone who's a filmmaker and wanted to know more about the indian film industry, this book is pretty interesting. learned lots of little nuances about how films are made in india that i wouldn't have learned unlessi went to india and was in the film industry.


    8. Definitely a special interest book and not for everyone. Alter once again uses his intimate knowledge of India to take the reader on a wonderful journey, this time examining the making of a major Bollywood film, sharing insights about Indian culture along the way. A fascinating read.


    9. I found this on the new bookshelf at the library. I figured I'd give it a chance, although I do have the feeling that it is one I might get bored by. We'll see.Surprisingly this is the book that I sped through while the other book I listed is one that I went through really slowly.


    10. To the Western world, Bollywood films are explosions of color, song, and dancing. To the people that create them, they are a labor of love, politics, and hard work. This is a great exploration of the glamorous world of Bollywood. --SS, St. John Branch



    11. Lightweight, easily digestible overview of Indian cinema. If I had known then what I know now, I would have run away to Bollywood.


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