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Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED

Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED

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Aishwarya Rai is a familiar fixture on the Cannes Fest red carpet. And this year, she’s front and center in a new Bollywood film, Bollywood – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (pictured), produced expressly for Cannes.

Shekhar Kapoor produced Bollywood – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told for the 64th festival, where it will screen out of competition. The musical documentary started from a conversation when Kapoor was on last year’s Cannes Jury. He decided to go ahead and make a compilation of “the most beautiful moments in the history of Indian musical films, with all their moving pageantry and dance.” In the film, Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Jeff Zimbalist pay tribute to the Bollywood cinema genre that was spawned in India’s moviemaking capital, Mumbai.

I cannot wait. Two of my fave Bollywood numbers from Lagaan are below. What are yours? I’ll post them. UPDATED: More of your picks are below.

Main Vari Vari from Mangal Pandey starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee.

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I am looking forward to see the world’s most beautiful God gift of Goddess Aishwarya Rai.

Joan Cohen

Not to be missed by fans of Bollywood movies is DUM MAARO DUM, now playing at the Culver Plaza. Directed by Rohan Sippy, it stars the wonderful Abhishek Bachan as a police officer with secrets. In fact, everyone in this thriller/romance, action film has secrets and the film continually surprises. Shot very much like a US film with split screens, time shifts and (for India) appropriate violence and sex, the film takes place in beautiful Goa, which is almost totally Christian so there is not a sari in sight. The main plot is about drug running but there is so much more happening in the film. It doesn’t hurt that the main romantic couple are played by the hunky newcomer Rani Daggubati and the beautiful Bipasha Basu, both very easy on the eyes.Partly produced by Fox International, DUM MAARO DUM could have crossover potential. And – yes, there are many songs and dances in the film, enough for a CD.


There are so many! Some of my favorites in no particular order –

Maahi Ve from KAL HO NAA HO:

Choli Ke Peeche from KHALNAYAK:

Holi Khele Raghuvira from BAGHBAN:

Jalwa from WANTED:

Tumse Milke Dil Ka Jo Haal from MAIN HOON NA:

Title song from BLUFFMASTER:

Udd Udd Dabang from DABANG:

Yeh Dosti from SHOLAY:


Chaiyya Chaiyya from DIL SE (1998)


Kajra Re from ‘Bunty aur Bubli’

Main Vari Vari from ‘Mangal Pandey’

Joan Cohen

In the 1970s – 76 I think – there was a Bollywood compilation film called “Cinema Cinema” which was a “That’s Entertainment” for Bollywood musicals up to that time. Sadly, there is no video or DVD of the film but there is a CD with the songs. I was lucky enough to see the film during its little noticed L.A. run and have never forgotten it. I am so glad that there will now be an update.


I believe that picture you show is from DEVDAS (2002), which is one of my favorites and the one DVD I use to show people what Bollywood is like at its best. I’m also a big fan of MOHABBATEIN (2000), a teen musical with nods to WEST SIDE STORY, GREASE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, etc.

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