Bollywood does Melbourne

SETH STUDIOS (designer) - Mother India 1957, (printed 1980s)TILAK, TIRATH & OBERAI (designers), Bobby 1973
Cinema India; the art of Bollywood opens tonight At NGV International.

Here’s the blurb from the gallery

Featuring works from pre-independent India to the present day, Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood charts the historical, political and cultural changes experienced by the country, as seen through the eyes of the Bollywood film industry.

Theexhibition brings together some of the most remarkable examples of Indian cinema art, from large-scale hoardings and posters to photo cards, booklets, costumes, original film trailers and excerpts from keyfilms.

The exhibition will display landmark images andexplore major themes which outline the stylistic and historic development of Bollywood cinema. Posters from many classic films are represented including the Oscar nominated epic Mother India; Sholay (with its distinctive and influential typography) and recent blockbusters such as Devdas, Lagaan and Main Hoon Na.

Sounds great maan! This coincides with a month of Indian features on SBS television. Salam Namaste was first up on the list filmed in Melbourne and shown last Sunday – a nice intro and segue into the exhibition launching tonight. Stay tuned for Mangal Pandey, staring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee, a historical film about the Sepoy Mutiny this coming Sunday.

Here’s a little preview

Don't fear dear Sydney siders - the exhibition is set to come to Sydney later this year and I certainly will be attending.

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