Sunday 6 September BBC Four
Sanjeev Bhaskar presents a retrospective 90-minute documentary on the history of Indian cinema in Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema, made by Spring Films and Avatar Films.
More than any other art form, in any other country, Indian cinema speaks for the people. It is adored, its stars are idolised and it is watched by a daily audience of over 15 million, in 13,000 cinemas across the sub-continent.
Anchored by a live stand-up show, Sanjeev gets under the skin of Indian cinema and sees how it has grown from humble beginnings to become a truly global industry. This is a journey of discovery to find out what Bollywood means today and how it has changed since films like Mother India, Deewar and Sholay that he grew up watching during the so-called ‘Golden age’ of Bollywood.
Along the way he meets some of the greatest stars in Bollywood – including megastars Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, legendary script writers like Javed Akhtar, choreographers, playback singers, producers, critics and die-hard fans who reveal the rich tapestry of history woven by Indian cinema over the last 100 years. With remarkable access, this documentary celebrates India’s most important and iconic films and discovers how the story of cinema reflects the history of the nation