I've caught the bug...the Bollywood bug! It's no surprise really; singing, dancing, incredible stories of love, romance, handsome heroes, beautiful heroines and a big pinch of colour and overacting...what's not to like!
In particular I've developed a bit of a crush on the Hindi film superstar Shar Rukh Khan and we went to see his new film 'Don 2' last night. Kahn is trying to get away from the stereotypical 'boy meets girl' formula and 'Don 2' is a glossy fast paced thriller which is crossed between James Bond, Oceans 11 and Mission Impossible - with no singing! It was visually impressive and action packed, which was lucky as there weren't any subtitles.
The other two films here are 'Kuch Kuch Hote Hai' and 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' or 'RNBDJ'. These are much more the usual Bollywood fare, especially 'Kuch Kuch...' Which is a tweeny girls dream film and the longest running film in India. 'RNBDJ', my personal favourite, is still an all singing all dancing love story but it has a lot of humour and charm and a distinstly European feel with 'Amelie' style accordian background music throughout.
Going to a Hindi film at an Indian cinema is an experience in itself - huge cheers go up when the hero comes on screen, more cheers and whistling when the heroine comes on, yells and clapping for any car chase and fight (particularly the fights) and big oooooohs for any touching or (say it in a whisper) kissing between the leads! I'm heading to Mumbai in a few weeks (very excited!) the home of Bollywood and although I'm not planning on doing any star spotting I'll definitly have a Bollywood tune in my head and spring in my step.