Funky Bollywood

Funky Bollywood Despite The Often Stereotypical Notions Of Bollywood, It S Not All Weddings, Wet Saris And Running Around Trees In The S, Indian Cinema Gave Birth To A New Breed Of Action Movie, One That Combined Its Own Exuberant Traditions With Foreign Influences Like The Gritty Urban Crime Thrillers Of The New Hollywood, Hong Kong Martial Arts Cinema, And Italian Exploitation Fare This Was The Domain Of Hard Fighting He Men Stars Like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra And Feroz Khan And Badass, Whip Wielding Heroines Played By The Likes Of The Gorgeous Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, And Rekha Let World Cult Cinema Fanatic Todd Stadtman Be Your Guide Through This World Of Karate Killers, Femme Fatales, Space Age Lairs, Bombshells And Booby Traps With Funky Bollywood, A Book With An Attitude As Freewheeling And Feisty As Its Subject Matter, Bursting With Colour And Imagination On Every Vibrant Page

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  • Paperback
  • 227 pages
  • Funky Bollywood
  • Todd Stadtman
  • 27 February 2018
  • 9781903254776

10 thoughts on “Funky Bollywood

  1. says:

    The Indian film industry has long been synonymous with all singing, all dancing, melodramatic and escapist movies it s a different matter that there are exceptions to the rule, and they are on the increase But the masala film, a spice mix of everything from action to romance, drama, comedy, and pathos thrown in, is invariably what it means to most people Over the century that Indian cinema has been in existence, one decade that has stood out for the total paisa vasool getting your money s worth quality of the masala entertainer has been the 1970s This was the decade of blockbusters like Sholay, Amar Akbar Anthony, Deewaar and Yaadon ki Baaraat It was a time of some of the most fantastic and I mean that in the sense of being hard to believe stories, over the top costumes not to mention set design, makeup, art direction, and , and a cinema that was, in every way, much larger than life This is the period, and these the films, which Todd Stadtman sets out to explore in Funky Bollywood The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema A Selective Guide The title of the book says it all the 70s action film, whether it was a relatively slick one like Gaddaar or a trashy one like the Gunmaster G 9 film Suraksha, was invariably pretty wild There was loads of action, lots of dhishoom dhishoom And this guide doesn t aim to be comprehensive that would be a tall order, indeed it is decidedly selective Stadtman s book begins with a brief introduction to the Indian action film of the 70s, followed by brief biographies of the leading lights of the period not just actors, but directors, singers, composers, and and a quick summary of the main tropes that characterised these films This is followed by what comprises the bulk of the book in depth reviews of nearly seventy films, most of them Hindi Each review begins with a list of the cast and the main crew, followed by a detailed synopsis watch out there are spoilers here , and finally, Stadtman s own take on what works in the film and what doesn t There are colourful reproductions of posters and lobby cards, stills, and occasional text boxes about certain actors, songs, and so forth At the end of the book are two separate, smaller sections that deal with particular sub genres of the Indian action film the spy film and the curry Western This isn t a book to read if you re looking for behind the scenes tidbits about these films It is also not as Stadtman points out in the introduction an academic book It is, as is evident from the glorious funkiness of the cover itself, a book to enjoy the action films of the 70s, to reminisce if you ve already seen these , or to find films to watch What adds to the enjoyment is Stadtman s excellent sense of humour and his obvious and intense affection for these films, warts and all Just reading his writing is a joy Indian readers might find certain errors in transcription irritating I couldn t help but wince at Shantinagar being repeatedly spelled Shantinagan, or Hotel Mansarovar as Mansaro, among others Also, I d have liked some additions to the book for instance, a detailed history of the action film in Indian cinema Stadtman does mention the Fearless Nadia films, but it might have been interesting to also look at how we got from Fearless Nadia to Humsaaya, Kismat, Yakeen and Aankhen Also, while the book does have reviews of a couple of Telugu action films, there is no mention of other Indian action films were there any, was the question left in my mind, or should this book have been titled Funky Bollywood The Wild World of 1970s Hindi Action Cinema Which is anyway probably apt, considering Bollywood is a term applied to Hindi cinema, not the many regional language cinema industries across the country If you ve ever attempted a Helen shimmy or muttered out of the side of your mouth, Kitne aadmi thhe or want to know what that means , this book is recommended.

  2. says:

    Because two page review of International Crook 1974 If you want to get Bollywood, this book is all you need Heart this book to have such with Intermission.

  3. says:

    4.5 stars An exuberantly written commentary on almost seventy films mostly Bollywood Hindi but a few Telugu, and at least one Tamil film Funky Bollywood is a joyous journey through the world of long lost siblings, doppelgangers, and criminal masterminds Stadtman s joy for these films is infectious I was thrilled to see a good mix of my favorites some that were already on my to see list and quite a few films I ve never heard of, but need to see now My only complaint some of the summaries are too detailed It doesn t destroy too much suspense to say most of these end with the ubiquitous all the characters at the villain s layer for a final showdown scene, but a classic drama like Deewaar shouldn t be spoiled with a play by play of the final half hour.Nevertheless, this a fun book for both fans and newcomers to 70s masala.

  4. says:

    An amazingly fun compilation of the curiosities that made 70s Hindi cinema so much fun Loaded with posters, screenshots and associated visual delights, the book brings alive the memories of long lost brothers, reincarnation, grand lairs of villains and other such joys Written by a fan as opposed to a scholar Funky Bollywood is a ton of fun.

  5. says:

    In my many years of voraciously consuming films from all over the world and in numerous time periods there is one big fat blind spot that I have Bollywood Sure, I ve seen a handful of films from India and have really enjoyed the films that I ve seen but it s such a huge world of film that it s always been daunting for me to dive into There s also the long run times, varying degrees of budget and quality, and the lack of access here in the states though in recent years that has changed in a big way thanks to streaming services In short I had no idea where to begin Thanks to Funky Bollywood, now I do.Funky Bollywood The Wild World of 1970 s Indian Action Cinema is a reference guide that doubles as a history lesson in Indian films The book is a true blue treasure for cinema fans Beautifully assembled with eye popping colors and slick layouts its a feast for the eyes which directly mirrors the vibrancy of Indian cinema The book treats the reader like a curious person with zero knowledge which lets face it, most of us are when it comes to Indian cinema He doesn t talk down to the reader though, he assumes that if you re interested in action films from India, you re probably a cinema buff I never once felt lost either Everything is so clearly laid out and he does a ton of work to help educate the reader on some of the historical cultural context of the films as well He tries to paint a full picture and does so quite well Each film is hand picked for a variety of reasons which he explains It isn t a comprehensive book but that would be overwhelming considering the tremendous volume of films produced in India each year Besides, we want to know what all the best flicks are, we don t need to be bogged down by a plethora of reviews for bad flicks We can get to those after we ve watched the good ones.Each review of the film includes an extensive synopsis and a lengthy review along with stills from the film and all the important info about who wrote, directed, starred etc The reviews also include little signs that denote common themes found in numerous Indian films.It s obvious that author Todd Stadtman knows his Indian films backwards and forwards and loves talking about them The enthusiasm found in the book is infectious The layout is top notch as is the print quality and binding But what else would you expect from FAB Press, the premiere funky book publishers

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