Political Bollywood

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20050714

1/2. Indian movies are the most-seen movies in the world, beyond even the billion-strong audience in India itself. But forget the kitsch, gaudy stereotypes. Ever since the beginning, Hindi films have been about social and political engineering, about the placing and reinforcing of political resistance, social mores and moral principles.

This series talks to Bollywood directors, stars, writers and critics. It shows a different, far more serious Bollywood than is usually presented - unravelling a century long, and often deliciously mischievous tradition of Indian politics and counter-culture.

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1/2. Indian movies are the most-seen movies in the world, beyond even the billion-strong audience in India itself. But forget the kitsch, gaudy stereotypes. Ever since the beginning Hindi films have been about social and political engineering, about the placing and reinforcing of political resistance, social mores and moral principles.

This series talks to Bollywood directors, stars, writers and critics. It shows a different, far more serious Bollywood than is usually presented - unravelling a century-long, and often deliciously mischievous tradition of Indian politics and counter-culture.