While Bollywood is an industry that has captivated the Indian imagination for over a century, those of us outside it’s pale have very little understanding of how it works, how it creates, what its heartbeat is like. This despite it having a character very different from Hollywood, the industry it began referencing through the quirk of a journalist’s pen in the 1970s. In the 60s and before, Bollywood was simply Bombay cinema, and Bombay cinema had been creating some utterly homegrown magic for some time.
Today, rumours, page 3, and marketing-driven 'news' of stars personal lives and fashions form the staple that we are fed. Writing on Bollywood tends to be star-struck; one of India’s most powerful home-grown industries has very little serious non-academic writing on it. Sathya Saran’s book Ten Years with Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi's Journey stands out as an invaluable contribution in this context, giving us insight into creative genius, long-term collaborations, and the inner workings of the industry itself.
We are delighted to invite Sathya Saran - compulsive writer, secret singer, indefatigable traveller - to Mumbai Local, to share with this marvellous book with us. How it came about, her experience working with Alvi, and her discovery of Guru Dutt and Bollywood along the way. Film clips, readings from the book, and delightful conversation with Sathya will take us on a fascinating journey into a world of creativity and collaboration marking some of the most magical endeavours of the Bombay film industry.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for an evening that is a must for Guru Dutt fans, and for those keen to understand our film legacy. Do share this email with everyone who has seen Pyaasa or Kaagaz Ke Phool or Mr & Mrs 55 or Chaudhvin Ka Chand or Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam or ... And also with those who haven’t, because we all know they really should see these films, right?
Curated by Paromita Vohra
RSVP for this session begins on Monday 9th September 2019.