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Bollywood mystique dazzles US B-school students

Students and faculty of a swish US B-school listened and watched in awe as award-winning filmmaker Romesh Sharma led them on a magical tour of the mystique of Bollywood, leaving them dazzled and yearning for more on Thursday.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 15:12 IST

Students and faculty of a swish US B-school listened and watched in awe as award-winning filmmaker Romesh Sharma led them on a magical tour of the mystique of Bollywood, leaving them dazzled and yearning for more on Thursday.
The 40 MBA students of Darden, rated second in the 2005 Financial Times survey of US business schools, are on the India leg of a Global Business Exchange (GBE) educational tour during which they will interact with corporates and government officials for answers to the key question: Why is the world heading towards India?

Two other factors contributed to making it an enchanting evening. One was Sharma's crisp documentary on Bollywood, in which he packed in 30 minutes the romantic heroes of the 1970s, the larger than life Amitabh Bachachan, and the cinematic grandeur of blockbusters like Lagaan and Devdas. The other was the ambience.

The session was conducted in the very aptly named Filmi Masala eatery in Gurgaon where the graphic wall panels depicted the seven Bollywood formula: the mother-son angle, love triangle, villain, courtroom drama, fight scene, item numbers or songs and finally, the happy ending.

So what makes Bollywood tick? "It's a question of aesthetics. Western cinema has a beginning, middle and end. Then there is the Bollywood aesthetics where you deal with nine different emotions like anger, humour, fear and jealousy in one work," Sharma said.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 15:12 IST