Folks, if we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a gazillion times – Bollywood for the most part is comprised of a bunch of self-congratulating jokers clueless about the art of making films.
A new documentary titled Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told shown at the current Cannes film festival is drawing scorn from the international media.
Directed by Shekhar Kapur, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and American documentary-maker Jeff Zimbalist, the documentary debuted in an Out of Competition screening at the festival.
Here’s what the Hollywood Reporter had to say on the documentary:
[T]he film, produced by festival favorite Shekhar Kapur, provides little context for this 81-minute wallow in Bollywood dance numbers. A tiny bit of commentary from such Bollywood stalwarts as superstar-of-superstars Amitabh Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, choreographer Saroj Khan and long-ago heartthrob Dev Anand doesn’t even kick in until about an hour into the film. A non-Indian seeking to get acquainted with Bollywood cinema would be utterly lost.
More a mashup of production numbers than a docu, “Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” shows little direction from co-helmers Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist but lots of editing (Zimbalist’s other hat). Playing like a promo reel for a docu yet to be made, the pic offers superficial thematic presentation and only minimal talking heads, with no identification, making it neither a primer for Bollywood first-timers nor a substantive trip down memory lane for aficionados.