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Movies of song & dance
作者:21ST    来源:高中版第167期    日期: 2010-12-21

Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai is the beautiful heroine in Bollywood musical “Devads”.

外研版高一年级:Films and TV programs

关键词:Films and television; films and actors


HOLLYWOOD movies are regularly filled with sex and violence. They can be exciting films but sometimes all you want is a little light-hearted entertainment.

Have you heard of Bollywood? All singing, all dancing and unrealistic, it is the perfect alternative (另一选择) to normal Hollywood movies. Bollywood is the Indian film industry, based in the city of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay (孟买).

Most Chinese school kids have probably never seen an Indian film. Yet Bollywood is the largest producer of films in the world. This year the Indian Filmfare Awards, Bollywood's Oscars, turns 50 years old.

The typical Bollywood movie usually has the following ingredients (成分): a cup of romance, a teaspoon of comedy, a dash (一点) of international sight-seeing, served with a huge slice of singing and dancing. There will also be one brave hero, one beautiful heroine and one baddie (坏人). The result is a fun-filled musical.

There is seldom any mention of politics, poverty or war. The actors change clothes (from business suit to traditional Indian wear) and locations (from beaches in Hawaii to mountains in Switzerland) within a single song. But the audience don't mind.

To Indian movie lovers, especially the poor, such films are a gateway to heaven and the stars are their gods. The films take them to a magical world away from their everyday troubles. The films tell them the impossible is possible and that true love conquers (战胜) all.

But, behind the beautiful scenes, Bollywood still emphasizes (强调) traditional family values. In most films, if two lovers want to break an arranged marriage, they can't just run away. They must win over their parents.

Yash Chopra, 72, is a famous director. He thinks the secret to Bollywood's worldwide success is that the films are "wholesome (有益的)". He won't allow kissing in his movies. "In India if a couple are in love, they will feel shy about kissing in public," he says.

So if you're tired of all that Hollywood action, check out some Bollywood films. They will take you to a brighter, cheerier and more colourful world, where it's still cool to dance around a tree and sing a love song.


Five popular Bollywood films

"Mohabbatein" (2000)


"Monson Wedding" (2001)


"Asoka" (2001)《阿育王》

"Lagaan" (2002)


"Devdas" ( 2002)


关键词:外研版 高一 Films and TV programs 文娱Entertainment



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