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Bollywood–Hollywood Collaborations The crossover Film comes of Age
Submitted by Reena Daruwalla on Wed, 02/12/2009 - 09:52
It would seem that crossover cinema is now here to stay. Earlier crossover used to mean Karan Johar films that were made for Indian cinema goers but with the NRI market in mind so that you had the settled-abroad characters who still retained their Indianness and more inexplicably their Indian virtue.

Then there were the Gurinder Chaddha genre of films where an attempt was made to apply a British sensibility to Indians in cinema. So you had the amusing and entertaining Bend it like Beckham and the rather less amusing Bride and Prejudice, which was basically an attempt make a Bollywood film in English.

Crossover cinema has also meant movies from a filmmaker of a very high calibre such as Deepa Mehta, with hard hitting, stunning films like her Elements Trilogy (Fire 1996, Earth 1998 and Water 2005) and many other internationally acclaimed films.

Mira Nair is another Indian born filmmaker who deals in subjects of an Indian provenance with a global sensibility and has over the years made hugely successful films like Salaam Bombay, the rather kitschy Kama Sutra A Tale of Love, slice of urban India films such as Monsoon Wedding and the beautifully sensitive Namesake based on the Jhumpa Lahiri book.

So crossover films is a term that has meant different things at different times, and now really that term is increasingly being disused in favor of international or global cinema that seamlessly integrates cinematic talents from India and the West to offer quality cinema that will appeal to a global audience. Many such projects are on the anvil:

Eighties heartthrob Madhuri Dixit is slated to be part of a film about Indira Gandhi, which is being made by Indian born filmmaker Krishna Shah. This is an ambitious project and is expected to also star Hollywood actors Tommy Lee Jones and Tom Hanks.

There is also a lot of buzz surrounding the proposed Taj Mahal proposed to be made by Sir Ben Kingsley, instantly recognizable to an Indian audience who has watched his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi on TV even 2nd of October. The British born actor who is of half Indian/Kenyan extraction is now set to play Emperor Shah Jahan in the film to be made by his own production company SBK pictures. The real coup here is that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is set to play Mumtaz Mahal opposite him in the film.

So clearly crossover cinema has now come of age and can no longer be pigeonholed as being merely that; it is fast acquiring the more credible appellation of global cinema. However though Indian filmmakers and actors are clearly going places, the day when they can clearly be said to have arrived is when we see Shah Rukh Khan as Spiderman!
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Guest wrote Bollywood Crossover Films at 09:46:38 PM on March 16, 2012

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The best definition of Bollywood Crossover [and its not a new genre] is...

"... crossover films is a term that has meant different things at different times, and now really that term is increasingly being disused in favor of international or global cinema that seamlessly integrates cinematic talents from India and the West to offer quality cinema that will appeal to a global audience."

Guest wrote Bollywood Crossover Films at 09:48:11 PM on March 16, 2012

Anant Goel's picture

The best definition of Bollywood Crossover [and its not a new genre] is...

"... crossover films is a term that has meant different things at different times, and now really that term is increasingly being disused in favor of international or global cinema that seamlessly integrates cinematic talents from India and the West to offer quality cinema that will appeal to a global audience."

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