Bollywood comes to Bradford in stunning new exhibition

It produces hundreds of movies a year, has recently secured the services of Kylie Minogue, Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards – and now a new exhibition at Bradford’s National Media Museum is telling the story of Bollywood.

Indian cinema – which celebrates its centenary this year – is being explored at the museum with a display of iconic posters fittingly titled Icons: 100 Years of Indian Cinema.


Yorkshire Post arts writer Nick Ahad spoke to the event’s curator, anthropologist and Bollywood expert Irna Qureshi, who explained that the exhibition sheds light on an often-misunderstood industry.

“People think Bollywood is high melodrama, song and dance and not much more than that,” she said. “But it’s so much more. Bollywood stars are now crossing over into Hollywood movies and the crossover is happening the other way round. Bollywood is a massive industry with a huge worldwide appeal.

“Directors like Karan Johar are making films that he says appeal to ‘global Indians’, so he films in America, in the UK: Bollywood movies that speak to people from South East Asia who are living around the world.”

Icons: 100 Years of Indian Cinema is at the Bradford museum until June 16. More information on the event at WOW247

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