It’s not just India that is under the Bollywood charm. The phenomenon, it seems, has caught worldwide fancy too. Websites, blogs and even college courses on Tinsel town have taken the West by storm.
A website called bolly-what.com describing itself as a ‘guide for clueless fans of Hindi films’ keeps the western world updated with all the filmy news — quotable quotes, song translations, film reviews, which films to watch and even answers questions like ‘Why don’t the characters just kiss already?’, ‘What does it mean when you touch someone’s feet?’ The site’s owner Meredith McGuire also explains meanings of popular words like dil, hamara, janejaan and deewanapan.
Back to school
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College conducts a course, ‘A taste of Bollywood’, where it imparts classes in yoga, acting techniques, dance movements and vocal skills for acting and a class on the business of Bollywood. There is a one-day course and a one-week course. The fees is between 79 - 349 pounds.
A Bollywood weekend
Danzamundo, an organisation in Barcelona, offers a Bollywood weekend replete with Indian food, dance and movies. As per the itenary, the group reaches Barcelona on Friday where they get a two-hour tuition on Bollywood, eat at an Indian restaurant and then watch a Hindi movie. The next day, after another round of lectures, they enjoy a tandoori dinner and a Bollywood act — all for 350 euros.
Bollywood dance has gained popularity all over the world. Marshie Perera of Jhoom Bollywood, a dance company in Australia that has been conducting dance classes for the last three years says, “ There has been a spurt since Slumdog Millionaire.”
International fans are far more persuasive than Indian fans. Actor Shahid Kapoor has a special set of fans who follow him around the world. It was these fans who leaked his Mausam look by coming to Edinburg from London, where he was shooting for the film. Actor Ranbir Kapoor also has two fans who trace him wherever he shoots and click pictures that are later uploaded on niche websites.