Magazine article New Internationalist

The Rough Guide to Bollywood by Various

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Rough Guide to Bollywood by Various

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Brace yourselves. Yes, we know that Andrew Lloyd Webber has suddenly declared Bollywood - the lush, inventive and often outrageously camp music that drives India's film soundtracks - the next big thing, but he's right. And now, poised to capture the all-singing, all-dancing fallout from Monsoon Wedding, the Indian movie that scooped awards at Cannes, comes the Rough Guides' authoritative introduction to the subject.

Compiled by the British-based Bhagwant Sagoo and DJ Ritu, you know from the opening `Dum Maro Dum' (`singer Asha Bhonsle at her sleaziest') that you're in for a fabulous ride. Plaintive love songs with delicate flutes and percussion; mad, passionate ones whose strings affect the same glissandi as a rollercoaster and, when things get too exciting for anything else, some urgent twanging that's been lifted straight from a James Bond soundtrack. …

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