“Shalom” is perhaps the last word that comes to mind when most people think of Bollywood but one man is out to change that. Danny Ben-Moshe, an award winning documentarian, is working to finish a film that explores the lives of the Jewish stars of the world’s largest film industry.
Sigal Samuel journeyed to India to find the source of her family’s mystical rituals. She wound up getting initiated into a Kabbalistic secret society — and scored a part in a Bollywood flick to boot.
The teeming Indian city was once home to a small but influential Jewish community — including a famed court jeweler and the first-ever Miss India.
Award-winning Indian director Mira Nair has turned down an invitation to be guest of honor at the Haifa Film Festival for political reasons, posting on her Twitter page that she would not visit Israel until “Apartheid is over.”
A new documentary tells the fascinating story of India’s ancient Jewish community and its role in the nation’s prolific Bollywood film industry.
Many little girls grow up on Disney princess cartoons. I grew up on Bollywood films, dancing to the Hindi music, the lyrics to which I had memorized by the time I was six. I was raised in the 1980s in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and Bollywood’s charming wholesomeness was imported in droves. I’d wager that it was Bollywood’s lack of anti-Communist messaging — rather than its family-friendly nature — that appealed most to the Soviet government.
Something tells me this will not end well.
The video that has Israel talking this week is, believe it or not, a Bollywood-style musical by the country’s leading weapon’s manufacturer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.