Bollywood is in my Blood

September 30th, 2011
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The truth is—is that I LOVE BOLLYWOOD. I have my favorite actors, songs, music! I love Indian food, music, and dancing! I just love Bollywood.  Actually, my main motivator for getting Netflix was so that I could watch Bollywood movies with subtitles regularly.

Bollywood is the Hindi version of Hollywood. Based in Mumbai, India, it is home to the second largest film industry in the world. In my opinion, its biggest accomplishment is that it is EXTREMELY GLOBAL. I’ve met people from all corners of the world-Middle East, West Africa, and all across Asia that are in LOVE with Bollywood!

Most people are EXTREMELY surprised when  I mention my LOVE for Bollywood.  Reactions from Indians include “Why do you know so much about Bollywood?” Followed expressions of awe and confusion. “How do you understand the movies?” Other s include: “Ahhhh Bollywood is a bunch of people singing and dancing and its just too much for me.”  Well, too much or not, it is what it is and I LOVE IT.

My love Bollywood all started in the desert. Literally. I grew up in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and there is a very strong Indian influence in for these countries.  Every Friday, there would a Bollywood movie on TV and I just grew up loving them.  So  even though it may not appear to be the case, Bollywood is in my blood.

I think that the messages and stories in Bollywood movies are so powerful, meaningful, and inspire me!  The best part of the  Bollywood,  is that the meaning  of the story and key lessons are the priority. The characters and plot are decided after the meaning of the story is created.  As a result, the key messages are EXTREMELY deep, empowering and just awesome. Very inspiring stuff.

As for the singing and dancing, its just incredible. After being in India, I felt that music and dance was really more than entertainment but interwoven into all aspects of life. Which is a reflection to what happens in Bollywood movies. 

My love for Bollywood has made me realize how powerful film can be in terms of connecting to another part of the world. Watching movies can transport you to another part of the world in the comfort of your own home. Even in your pajamas. It’s like a comfortable form of teleporting.

I highly recommend people to join the Bollywood madness. Every time I watch an awesome Bollywood movies, I feel inspired.  Bollywood, if I could tell you anything, I would say that, I love you because you are awesome.

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