(Farah Khan, India 2007, 162 min., 35mm, Hindi and Urdu w/subtitles)
Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned & Rescued. Music! Romance! Drama! Suspense! The greatest box office triumph in the history of Indian cinema at the time of its release is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Bollywood in its most popular and beloved form. Spanning three decades—from the 1970s to the new millennium—this cinematic extravaganza is about the magic of love, filmmaking, and reincarnation. Directed by the most acclaimed female director and choreographer of the Indian film industry of modern times, the film stars screen legend Shah Rukh Khan and features no less than 42 celebrities in the musical set piece of the film’s climactic sequence. Its sources of inspiration are two classics: Bimal Roy’s Madhumati (1958) and Rishi Kapoor’s Karz (1980); Kapoor himself is seen dancing in the opening sequence of this exhilarating tribute to cinematic illusion.