Hello and welcome! This blog is my humble tribute to the Hindi films, which I absolutely love.
Please note the definition of 'Bollywood' I choose to operate with: The Hindi motion-picture industry of India, based in Bombay. This means I do not exclude realist or arthouse cinema (and there's a case to be made for this either way, beyond the scope of this discussion). Diversity -- of narrative styles, for example -- in film consumption motivates me most. So as long as it is a film in Hindi, it is fair game for discussion here.
No matter how thoughtful or thought-provoking, a film review (by any fan or critic) conceived and written over a few hours at most, cannot do justice to the amount of effort required to make even the most ordinary of films. All art is subjective, and films are no different. The diversity of impact to diverse audiences makes film and film appreciation complex, fun, meaningful, and insightful. It is with this understanding that I hope to share my perspectives on movies. (Discussions on plots are done more extensively and much better elsewhere.)
'Meaningful' and 'insightful' are good words to describe my love of Hindi film. I was born in Bombay in the early 1980s, and raised in four countries across three continents before moving to the United States. (I'm now in Los Angeles, California.) Being away from India for most of my life, I appreciate how Hindi films have facilitated my staying in touch with Indian culture.
My favorite actor is Aamir Khan and my favorite film Lagaan (2001). My goal is to have discussed each of Aamir's films. A list of all films discussed is available on the Movie Reviews page. I also enjoy watching films starring Amitabh Bachchan, Guru Dutt, and Salman Khan.
I haven't decided who my absolute favorite actress is yet (and that may be because I am a guy ;), but have narrowed the list to Juhi Chawla, Madhubala, Nandita Das, and especially Vidya Balan and Tabu. I love music -- my favorite music directors are A. R. Rahman and O. P. Nayyar, and favorite vocalists Mohammad Rafi, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, and Alka Yagnik. Favorite lyricists include Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Sahir Ludhianvi, and Prasoon Joshi. For more on likes and dislikes, here's the soundtrack to my life, and a Q&A with the self.
I am hopelessly in love with South Asian culture (especially the cuisine, languages, dress, film, music, and dance, in that order), and sincerely wish the people of India and Pakistan get along better.
Thank you for your visit, enjoy your stay, and please comment when you have something to add. Discussions and exchanges of perspectives (and the corresponding learning) are truly what make blogging worthwhile. Alternatively, you can reach me at thebollywoodfan at gmail dot com.
Jai Hind. And God bless America.
PS: I do apologize for the comments being moderated, but I have learned that the option must be exercised to help maintain a family friendly blog.