Other Bollywood http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22319/all en Tamil films give Bollywood a run for its money http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120619/tamil-cinema-south-indian-films-bollywood-part-1 <p>CHENNAI, India &mdash; Days before the May opening of the Cannes Film Festival, the director of the first Bollywood film invited for an official screening gave a shout-out to his colleagues in a long-overlooked arm of the Indian film industry. &ldquo;There&#39;s a whole new wave in Tamil cinema,&rdquo; said Anurag Kashyap, whose film &ldquo;Gangs of Wasseypur&rdquo; was screened as part of the Cannes&#39; Directors Fortnight. &ldquo;They&#39;ve made the most extraordinary films in the last two years, and at the national level people don&#39;t even know about it.&rdquo; At the international level, Tamil cinema gets even less recognition, as writers frequently confuse Mumbai&#39;s Hindi film business, locally known as Bollywood, for the entire Indian industry. But the increasing critical and financial success of &ldquo;the Other Bollywood&rdquo; could soon flip that perception upside down.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120619/tamil-cinema-south-indian-films-bollywood-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Other Bollywood Entertainment Emerging Markets India Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5708449 at http://www.globalpost.com How a Tamil star is born http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120628/tamil-cinema-south-indian-films-bollywood-part-2 <p>CHENNAI &mdash; When fans see Tamil movie star Rajnikanth on the street, they shout out, &ldquo;My God!&rdquo; But not because they&#39;re surprised. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not &#39;My God&#39; in exclamation; it&rsquo;s an address to his God,&rdquo; another Tamil movie star, Kamal Haasan, explained. The Tamil film industry has always been about myth making. Hitting their stride during the Tamil separatist movement of the 1950s, film studios tapped the political energy of India&#39;s struggle for independence from Britain. And to promote the cause of Tamil nationalism, filmmakers drew on Hindu epics to create an archetypal Tamil hero. Built on that model, even today the Tamil screen legends are arguably more powerful, and more beloved, than the stars of Hollywood, Bollywood, or any other film industry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120628/tamil-cinema-south-indian-films-bollywood-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Other Bollywood Entertainment Emerging Markets India Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5709826 at http://www.globalpost.com India: Tamil cinema gets reel http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120628/tamil-cinema-south-indian-films-bollywood-part-3 <p>CHENNAI, India &mdash; &ldquo;Aadukalam&rdquo; or &ldquo;Arena,&rdquo; the Tamil film that won India&#39;s 2011 best picture award, opens with arthouse slowness. But the gangster-bio voiceover lays out the stakes, lest there be any confusion. This isn&#39;t the ponderous, naval-gazing of the arthouse. It&#39;s Tamil cinema&#39;s new wave.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120628/tamil-cinema-south-indian-films-bollywood-part-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Other Bollywood Entertainment Emerging Markets India Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5709843 at http://www.globalpost.com Bollywood vs. Hollywood [INFOGRAPHIC] http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120628/bollywood-vs-hollywood-infographic <p>Ignored until recently, the South Indian film business is growing rapidly and setting artistic trends. At the international level, Tamil cinema gets even less recognition, as writers frequently confuse Mumbai&#39;s Hindi film business, locally known as Bollywood, for the entire Indian industry. But the increasing critical and financial success of &ldquo;the Other Bollywood&rdquo; could soon flip that perception upside down.</p> Other Bollywood Entertainment Emerging Markets India Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:23:00 +0000 Kyle Kim 5709894 at http://www.globalpost.com India: Welcome to Tamil cinema http://www.globalpost.com/series/depth-series-tollywood-south-india-bollywood At the international level, Tamil cinema is all but unknown. Writers frequently confuse Mumbai's Hindi film business, locally known as Bollywood, for the entire Indian industry. But the increasing critical and financial success of “the Other Bollywood” could soon flip that perception upside down. Led by Tamil cinema, the South Indian film industry produced more than half of all Indian movies over the past five years. Budgets for Tamil films now rival Bollywood's, and South India's film industry is emerging as a creative dynamo. Other Bollywood Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5709895 at http://www.globalpost.com The Other Bollywood: Tamil cinema makes a name for itself http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/18979/120629/the-other-bollywood-tamil-cinema-makes-name-itself <script type="text/javascript" src="http://video-svc.globalpost.com/api/script"></script><script type="text/javascript">viewNode("cb74f1e3e4005", {"server_detection": true, "width": 670, "height": 375, "player_profile": "_gp3_full"});</script> On Location Other Bollywood Emerging Markets India Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:23:00 +0000 Sonia Narang 5710037 at http://www.globalpost.com