Be Warned, This is Not Your Mama’s Bollywood

It’s cheesy. It’s campy. It’s kitsch. Love it or hate it, it’s Hindi cinema.

Or not.

Pour yourself a drink, set your preconceptions about Bollywood aside and take a look at Dev D by Anurag Kashyap, Kaminey by Vishal Bhardwaj, and Love Sex aur Dhoka (LSD) by Dibakar Bannerjee.

All three directors have pushed the boundaries of Bollywood film with a new kind of Hindi movie that serves up nonlinear narratives, racy contemporary dialog, pulsating music, and avant-garde cinematography (taken to a gutsy extreme by Bannerjee in LSD, India’s first digital film.)

But most of all, these films give us an honest representations of female sexuality. Not a coy cut to flowers when the hero leans forward to kiss the dusky damsel he’s surreptitiously courting. And not the to-be-expected liberated sex drives of urbane global Indians who are as comfortable in Paris as they are in Mumbai. Instead, there are scenes that convey the real life sexual behavior of… real life people. Like the scene in Dev D where a middle-class girl in traditional rural Punjab cycles into a field with a mattress on her head for a tryst with her lover.

Kudos to these male directors for their radical treatment of female sexuality – real, gritty, non-exotic, non-Kama sutra. Vishal Bhardwaj, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap are at the forefront of a new wave of filmmakers reshaping popular Hindi cinema. Trailblazing (Dev D), Tarantino-esque (Kaminey) and Bold (LSD) – be warned, this is not your Mama’s Bollywood.

Catch Dev D and Kaminey on Netflix and grab LSD at your local Indian movie store. (See trailers below)

If you’re in New York September 18- 22 you can get a real taste of the cinematic genius of these three directors at the I-VIEW 2010 FILM Festival where Vishal Bhardwaj (the Bard of India) will be present at the screening of his films, Maqbool and Ishquia, Love, Sex Aur Dhoka shows as a festival centerpiece and Anurag Kashyap plays a lead in the festival opening film, “I AM.”

About I-VIEW 2010 Film Festival:
I VIEW FILM 2010 is a cutting edge cinematic and entertainment extravaganza, which presents contemporary South Asia’s most vital voices in film. I-VIEW Film has in three short years firmly established itself as the “GO-TO destination” for thought provoking & groundbreaking South Asian cinema. I-VIEW Film believes in using popular culture to blow up marginal themes, issues and bodies.

Dev D


Love , Sex Aur Dhokha

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