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Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema (2017)

SHALOM BOLLYWOOD reveals the unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world's largest film industry.

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Danny Ben-Moshe

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Danny Ben-Moshe
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SHALOM BOLLYWOOD reveals the unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world's largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles, which they dominated for decades. The film focuses on the lives of five of the great Jewish actors. Infused with music and dancing, the cheekily told documentary unabashedly oozes Bollywood as it uses film motifs to drive the narrative. Written by Danny Ben-Moshe

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SHALOM BOLLYWOOD: THE UNTOLD STORY OF INDIAN CINEMA tells the unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world's largest film industry.

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Australia

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English

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12 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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AUD385,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Great story, great title, so-so film
2 August 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema(2017) was written and directed by Danny Ben-Moshe. It tells the fascinating story of Indian Jewish women, who acted in the early Bollywood films. Muslim and Hindu women weren't allowed to appear on screen. Jewish women, who could appear in movies, became nationally-known movie stars.

As an added insight, I was reminded that Jews in India have never known anti-Semitism. India is probably the only country that has not stigmatized or repressed the Jews. The Jewish Indian community has lasted for over two thousand years!

It's unfortunate that the movie is boring. We get very few clips of the Jewish women acting, singing, or dancing. We get many talking head interviews with their children or grandchildren. Mostly, they tell the same story: Mom was beautiful and rich, then not so beautiful, and poor.

We saw this movie at the JCC Hart Theatre, as part of Rochester's excellent Jewish Film Festival. It will work well on DVD. I wouldn't suggest seeking out this film in order to see it. However, if it's playing at a festival, you could do worse.


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