Don’t Call It Bollywood

A great read for the brand new fan of Indian film and a more experienced fan like me - Moviemavengal's GoodReads review

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An introduction to the world of Hindi film

Do you think “Bollywood” is just flashy dance sequences and unbelievable plots? Think again! Explore the rich history and artistic traditions of Hindi film in this engaging book, which intersperses stories from the author’s path to dedicated fandom with analysis of the films and their context. If your only exposure to Hindi films is action sequences that defy the laws of physics and dance sequences full of colorful, swirling silk, this book will open your eyes to a rich and rewarding art form. If you’re already a fan, it will enrich your appreciation of your favorite film moments by placing them in their larger context.

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Don’t Call It Bollywood: An Introduction to the Hindi Film Universe

by Margaret E. Redlich

ebook: $2.99, 83 pages
paperback: $8.99, 122 pages

"I am a new fan of Hindi film and this lively, accessible introduction is exactly what I needed." - review on Amazon

Read an excerpt: Audience Experience: Becoming One Soul, a section from Chapter 3 of Don't Call It Bollywood

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About the Author

Margaret E. Redlich is a lifelong film watcher from Chicago, IL. She grew up in Springfield, IL, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 with a degree in History and a minor in Moving Image Arts. She received a Masters in Media and Cinemas Studies from DePaul University in 2015. Margaret regularly presents at various academic conferences on Indian popular culture topics and occasionally publishes in academic sources. She hosts an Indian movie night once a week, and through that has introduced dozens of friends, acquaintances, and near strangers to Indian film. You can find her online at her blog, also called Don't Call It Bollywood.