(K. Brent Tomer),
ONE country alone made a staggering 2,336 feature films in 2016. Big budgets, showmanship and flair have made India’s film industry, Bollywood, a behemoth. Not only is Hollywood’s penetration less than 10% of the Indian market, but Bollywood is also predicted to grow by 11% this year. But Bollywood is not synonymous with Indian cinema; South Asian filmmaking has a long heritage as varied as the region itself, with its alternative success story in Indian realism. India’s realists eschew Bollywood’s formulaic plots, melodrama and escapism, handling complicated real-life themes within simple stories and artistic camera work. Realism is now taking bolder leaps than its costly sister industry—and its social seriousness is grabbing first-time Indian filmmakers and youth audiences.
India’s 100-year film history spans colonialism, independence,…Continue reading