Indian cinema goes EnglishBollywood's latest films are starting to speak to a new audience in their own language - English. Once used only by ruthless pith-helmeted colonials in films about the Raj, English-language Indian cinema has come of age when Bollywood has started to explore the contradictions between western lifestyles and traditional values Traditional values refer to those beliefs, moral codes, and mores that are passed down from generation to generation within a culture, subculture or community. Since the late 1970s in the U.S. .
The latest is The Last Lear, a film that pitches Bollywood's most recognisable face, Amitabh Bachchan “Bachchan” redirects here. For other uses, see Bachchan (disambiguation).
Amitabh Bachchan (born October 11, 1942) (/əmitaːbʱ bətʃtʃən/ , as a thespian who yearns to take to the stage for a final performance as King Lear King Lear
goes mad as all desert him. [Brit. Lit.: Shakespeare King Lear]
See : Madness . The film, which is entirely in English, contains no songs, no disco dances and no family reunions.
The Last Lear almost did not happen, ironically because of a fight over language. On Wednesday, the Mumbai premiere was stopped after a rightwing politician, Raj Thackeray Raj Thackeray (born June 14, 1968) is a young Indian politician of Maharashtra, India. He is the founder chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party
Raj started his political career with right wing Shiv Sena party of Maharashtra. , accused Bachchan's wife of insulting Marathi, a language widely spoken in and around Mumbai, by saying she preferred to speak Hindi. It went ahead only after Bachchan apologised.
Arindam Chaudhuri Arindam Chaudhuri is an Indian economist and management consultant, Honorary Dean at IIPM, founder of the charity The Great Indian Dream Foundation and the Planman group of companies. , the film's producer, said: "English is part of modern middle-class modern life in India. We talk, think and dream in English, that's why we wanted to do the film. What's changed in India is the audience."
He said five years ago moviegoers were mainly young men who saw about eight films a year. "Now going to the cinema is a family outing ... and they don't want to see singing and dancing every time they go.
Director Rahul Bose Rahul Bose (Bengali: রাহূল বোস; Hindi: रहुल बोस; Urdu: رہُل بوس), an Indian actor , a social activist and rugby player, was born on July 27 1967 to , who is making a film based on Moth Smoke, the first novel by British Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, said: "It's a risk doing an English movie. Producers take a leap of faith. We often wonder: can you get a big star? Can you sell it to Hindi-speaking audiences?"