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Bollywood’s Australian yarn

Sarwal, Amit 2014, Bollywood’s Australian yarn, in ASPERA 2014 : Screen explosions: Expanding practices, narratives and education for the creative screen industries : Proceedings of the Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association 2014 annual conference, ASPERA, Newcastle, N. S. W., pp. 54-54.

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Title Bollywood’s Australian yarn
Author(s) Sarwal, Amit
Conference name Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association. Annual Conference
Conference location Newcastle, N. S. W.
Conference dates 18 - 20 Jun. 2014
Title of proceedings ASPERA 2014 : Screen explosions: Expanding practices, narratives and education for the creative screen industries : Proceedings of the Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association 2014 annual conference
Editor(s) Kerrigan, Susan
Publication date 2014
Conference series Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association Annual Conference
Start page 54
End page 54
Total pages 1
Publisher ASPERA
Place of publication Newcastle, N. S. W.
Keyword(s) Bollywood
Australia
diaspora
Summary  It’s 101 years since the birth of Bollywood, the world’s largest and most vibrant movie industry and, of course, that’s more than enough time to mature and alter, to grow arms and legs. For some time, but since the 1990s particularly, the connections between Australia and Bollywood have really taken hold. So sit back and enjoy a cinematic journey that’s sure to entertain. As a genre Bollywood has grown and developed over a period of 100 years, coloured by India’s history, politics, socio-economic conditions, culture, sensibilities, dreams, fantasies, hopes and expectations. The ever-increasing presence of the Indian diaspora in different parts of the world has helped to realise what we might think of as Bollywood’s cultural diplomacy project. Various Australian state tourism bodies have since supported Indian productions and used Bollywood stars as ambassadors to promote Australia as a welcoming nation. The 1996 film Indian has been credited for featuring the first appearance of kangaroos in Indian cinema. But I have noticed that as early as 1974, a Hindi film Majboor made first reference to Australia and its iconic boxing kangaroo. It featured Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan with a poster captioned: ‘Just hop, skip and jump every Thursday to Perth Sydney’. Australia is now a hot destination for Bollywood as well as regional language film-makers, with a successful foray of films from Soldier (1998) to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013). Over the past two decades, Australian films such as Holy Smoke! (1999), The Waiting City (2009), Save Your Legs! (2012), feature India, not just as a background location but as an integral part of the plot. Bollywood’s influence on Australia can be gauged by the direction of Australian film careers. Be it the Indian-Australian actress Pallavi Sharda (Besharam) or Australia’s bowling sensation Brett Lee (Asha and Friends), Mary Ann Evans – AKA Fearless Nadia, Louise Lightfoot, Tom Cowan, Bob Christo, Tania Zaetta (Salaam Namaste), Nicholas Brown (Kites), Tabrett Bethell (Dhoom 3), Rebecca Breeds (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), Kristina Akheeva (Yamla Pagla Deewana 2), Emma Brown Garett (Yamala Pagla Deewana), Vimala Raman (Mumbai Mirror), Anusha Dandekar (Delhi Belly), and Maheep Sandhu (Shivam). In this paper I would focus on the journeys and stories of actors, chiefly Fearless Nadia, Bob Christo, and Pallavi Sharda; and also compare a few Bollywood films, particularly Kya Kehna (2000) and Salaam Namaste (2005) made on same theme but set in India and Australia respectively, to show how Australia as has been presented as sexually liberating, visually romantic, and fantastical land of beaches and beauties.
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 - Cinema Studies
200209 - Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
200211 - Postcolonial Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 - Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2014, ASPERA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065357

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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