Showing that there is much more to indian cinema than lavish song and dance sequences bollywood gods glamour and gossip demonstrates the diverse ways in which popular cinema can represent a negotiation between the forces of tradition and modernity. A brief but surprisingly thorough overview of bollywood its history and themes the first part of the book is a rather dry but clearly outlined history of cinema in india including the political background shaping and limiting the indian film industry. Bollywood is one of the worlds leading film industries enjoyed by millions around the world fans flock to cinemas to witness its melodramatic narratives decorated with very particular pleasures including song and dance. Recent entrants in the category of introductory overviews include tejaswini gantis bollywood a guidebook to popular hindi cinema2nd ed routledge 2013 and kush varias book reviewed here written for the short cuts series that is meant especially for film studies courses. A tribute to the visuals of bollywood cinema as selected by kush varia author of bollywood gods glamour and gossip
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