Bollywood & Libraries

Everyone wants to know “Why Bollywood?”

Reasons abound to collect Bollywood films for your library:

  • Bollywood is a fast-growing topic for many genres of scholarly study.
  • Major academic libraries have healthy collections of Bollywood resources.
  • Your library may have a patron base that already considers these films as part of their culturem and you can serve them more fully by providing more resources.
  • Even if you do not have a high Southeast-Asian ethnic population, you should consider that the Bollywood film industry is one of the largest in the world. It’s history stretches back as far as the film industry in the United States.

Collecting Bollywood resources is the smart, responsible collector’s choice.

What’s all this then? (the little girl’s face says it all)

Now that we’ve got that squared away, let’s discuss the elephant in the room: Bollywood movies operate on an aesthetic that is sometimes wildly–nay, even rambunctiously–different from the Western film aesthetic. And there are so many to choose from! Trying to decide what’s good and what your patron base will enjoy can make you feel utterly flabbergasted–like someone just doused you with a pile of colorful flowers that set your senses blazing on every level. What to do?

23 reviews and counting!

That’s where this website can help. In the reviews section, you’ll find a short synopsis of each film, a description of the music highlights, chutney (fun facts–renamed Tidbits), and how well the film would fit into a library collection based on your collection purpose. Each film is rated from 1-5 Tuffys ( ) according to how easily it will be digested by Western audiences. The ratings are never based solely on film quality.

Be sure to check out my other pages on Bollywood history and resources.

© 2010 Jill Wohlgemuth

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