And now, let’s all move to Bollywood! No, wait, we’re actually going to Cannes, but we’re going to talk about a movie with quite exotic title, Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.
This one is Shekhar Kapoor’s exclusive made-for-Cannes project that “celebrates the dazzling world of Hindi cinema” and it will be screened out of competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Festival organizers said in a statement that this is a “swirling and poignant montage in which Shekhar Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist pay tribute to this cinema genre that has contributed to establishing India’s identity in the eyes of the world and to making Mumbai one of the world capitals of film history.”
The musical documentary started from a conversation when Kapoor was on last year’s Cannes Jury. He decided to go ahead and make a compilation of “the most beautiful moments in the history of Indian musical films, with all their moving pageantry and dance.”
Or, as Kapur explained: “We love it. We hate it. We see it as regressive. We see it as modern. We need to breathe it to feel alive. Some say it is the only culture that holds India together. Some say it gives identity and individuality to 25 million Indians that have left her shores and who’s third generations that are still addicted to it. That’s Bollywood!”
So, actually, in the film, Kapoor, together with directors Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist pay tribute to the Bollywood cinema genre that was spawned in India’s moviemaking capital, Mumbai.
At the end, let me remind you that The Festival de Cannes runs May 11-22. We wish a Bollywood team great time!
Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Trailer