The third edition of Poland’s biggest Bollywood festival, Bilet do Bollywood (Ticket to Bollywood), will take place in Krakow’s Pod Baranami cinema on October 11-14. Bollywood is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based, Hindi-language film industry in India. The name is a combination of Bombay (Mumbai’s former name) and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry. This year the audience will have a chance to see five Indian films. One of these will be the original “Don,” a well-known action movie of 1978 with Amitabh Bachchan playing the title role.
Polish fans of Bollywood have recently had a chance to see the film’s remake, with Shahrukh Khan in the main role. The film was shown at Pod Baranami a few weeks ago. The new version of “Don” will again be screened during the festival. Older Indian film fans will be happy to see another action movie “Sholay” (1975), also starring Bachchan and often called a “curry western.”
“Kabhialvida naa kehna” (“Never Say Goodbye”) of 2006 is what most viewers would probably call a typical romantic Bollywood” film. Starring two of India’s most famous actors, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan, the movie was a hit in India and very successful overseas. The last Indian film of the festival will be “Athadu,” a Telugu-language (Tollywood) criminal comedy. An increasing interest in Bollywood cinematography in Poland has been visible for the last few years.
Many people became fans after the Era Nowe Horyzonty film festival in 2004, during which “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam” (“Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness”) was screened. “When I saw that film, I felt like I wanted to learn more about this totally different cinema,” said Kamila Szandula, one of the organizers of the cyclical Bollywood Parties in Krakow. “I loved the audience’s reaction: people were laughing, clapping their hands and crying.” “Every month there are more and more people coming to our parties,” added Szandula.
“It means that Bollywood cinema has more and more fans in Poland,” Biletdo
Bollywood festival’s program: Thursday, October 11, 20:00. SHOLAY Directed by Ramesh Sippy, India 1975, 204 minutes; Friday, October 12 20:00. DON Directed by Nariman A. Irani, India 1978, 166 minutes; Saturday, October 13, 20:00. “Night with Shahrukh Khan” KABHI ALVIDA NAAKEHNADirected by Karan Johar, India 2006, 193 minutes; DON Directed by Farhan Akhtar, India 2006, 171; Sunday, October 14, 20:00. ATHADU Directed by Trivikram Srinivas, India 2005, 172 minutes.