The School of Thinking and Feeling

The Class of Love

2010-11

 
 

Love and the Cinema - Bollywood Style

Kate Hollett

Head of Class


Johanna Gunther

Resident of Love


Interns of Love


Simon

Feyzan

Linda

Egor

Theodora

Leonie

Judith

Matthias

Andrea

Erika

Michael

Corinna

Lisa-Christin

Madlen

Astrid

Severin

Ann-Kathrin

Jasmin

Janick

Sven

Pia

Jelena

Philipp

Lea

Torsten

Sonja


Sharing Love...

Love & Cinema – “Bollywood Love” - Jasmin


Introduction

It is always the same story: Girl meets boy. They fall for each other.There are a lot of difficulties. They fight, they cry, they win. Happy ending. In between, there are several dance and music scenes and and most likely someone died.


That is Bollywood.


But most important: everything in the storyline happens because of love. Love in Bollywood films is always the main topic and it is shown in a variety of colours, beautiful melodies, dances that make the whole body move and all kinds of emotions that a person can imagine. The “poor cousin” of Hollywood  is loud, intensive,dramatic, mostly a little bit over the top and presented in the frame of the Indian culture and traditions.


Questions

How is love expressed in Bollywood movies?

(How does this image relates to the real Indian love-culture?)

The plan

1)  Watch at least five Bollywood movies.


2)  Literature

  

    Booth, Gregory D.(2008)Behind the curtain. Making Music in

    Mumbais .Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2008


   Bose, Derek(2005): Bollywood unscensored. What you don’t

   see on the screen and why. New Delhi: Rupa & Co.


   Sutherland, Kathryn(2005): Jane Austen’s textual lives.

  From Aeschylus to Bollywood. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.


   Torgovnik, Jonathan(2004): Bollywood dreams.An exploration

   of the motion picture industry and its culture in India. Berlin:

    Phaidon


3)  Finally, interview with a girl who grew up in India (Prija Banu)


Visualisation

I would like to create a video that contains a mash up of different love scenes, songs, quotes and pictures of Bollywood movies. It is supposed to give an idea how love is presented in those films. As well I would like to mix up theses images with elements of the real-life Indian culture.The video is supposed to critically analyze the relation between reality and movie.