India: We are talking Bollywood

If you can't beat them, join them appears to be the motto of Eros, which distributes Bollywood films outside India. Eros has decided to partner with YouTube and has created a Bollywood Channel. Eros will share its content and in the process make some money. Krishworld writes:

This is the first time Youtube has officially forayed into Indian cinema. The terms of the agreement is not known yet…However, with an abysmal broadband adoption rate in India, I am really not sure whether these companies can monetize successfully at present.

YouTube is not the only one that is interested in Bollywood. BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file sharing company is also interested in Bollywood. Recently, I caught up with Ashwin Navin, President and Co-founder of BitTorrent, who said that they are interested and are working with Bollywood. Here is the video clip of Ashwin on Bollywood.

If you are a movie buff then you might have your ears and eyes tuned to the Cannes film festival that is currently underway. Bollywood films and stars are in Cannes, but guess who appears to be making waves there? MadhavGopalKrish writes:

Cannes red carpet veteran, Aishwarya Rai appeared on the steps of the Theatre Grand Lumiere with her new husband Abhishek Bachchan by her side. The dazzling flashbulbs that greeted Aishwarya Rai’s arrival on the red carpet at Cannes this evening certainly gave the impression that this year Bollywood might trump Hollywood at the world’s biggest film festival . This year more Bollywood stars are expected on the French Riviera than ever before.

Bollywood makes it to American classrooms. Bollywood films have caught the eyes of American academia, and there is actually a course on Bollywood being offering by a community college in the US. has made it to American classrooms. Sharik Ahmed writes:

…the Lakeland Community College (is) announcing a study tour to India for its students to learn about the Hindi film industry.
Bollywood refers to the popular cinematic style in India, which produces over 800 films annually, the college said in a media release. Excursions are planned to Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.

7 comments

  • This is awesome. I was introduced to Bollywood for the first time when traveling in India for the Delhi Summit and loved all the movies I saw; some heartwarming and some absolutely kitschy, but all so fun.

  • Besides YouTube there are other sites like Indya.com, but you have to pay a couple of dollars to watch Bollywood-related shows.

    Bollywood is fun.

    Enjoy!

    kamla

  • suchita bhhatia

    great info thanx suchita

  • Nice to know that Bollywood movies are getting some international attention. There are some exciting directors to watch out for, like Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj and Nagesh Kukunoor to name a few.

  • Thanks for sharing those names Amit.

    Kamla

  • Virginia K

    Very nice, but somebody please tell Lakeland Community College that if they are giving a course on Bollywood, a good step would be to learn than Bollywood isn’t all the emovies of India, it is only Hindi language popular (i.e. non-arthouse)movies made in Bombay (hence the B).

  • Pasha

    Though India has achieved tremendously in science and technology,ecconomiclly,in education,civilisation and what not,just name,it is there on the top of the ist,the media has completely failed in proecting the country the way it deserve.Indian media is busy in proecting the country’s negative points forgetting totally,the achievments.
    I appreciate the ability of Bharka Dutt but it is unfortunate and regrettable that she is wasting all her ability on trivial subects like Urvashi killing,Modi of Gurat etc.
    I opine that she must focus on the international issues involving Indian citizens,developing new relatioship between India and oil rich countries,business bet ween India and GCC states(where there is a lot of money available).
    Indians are being looked as poor people and downtrodden people by the oil rich countries.But the phillippinos are respected and no harm is done to them,because their Government is successful in getting the manpower protection agreement with GCC states,whereas the Indian Government has failed to do so.If the Indian Government which elected by the people cannot protect the tights of the citizens then there is no insult and shame than this.
    Let me put a live example,The present Saudi Arabia is built by Indians mainly and several Indians have sacrificed their lives even,but not a dot size of credit has been given to them.
    Is it not the responsibility of Our Government to show the strength of our country?
    Thank you
    Pasha

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