Comments on: Can festivals escape popular cinema? Bollywood and culture in an emerging India Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:39:46 +0000 hourly 1 By: rituparna Wed, 25 Nov 2009 13:05:13 +0000 I think not. Unlike European cine fans who converge on popular festivals to solely sample cinema that are made for an exclusive and premium audience, Bollywood and its influence on Indian fans is a different ball game alltogether.Bollywood reflects the multi-cultural, multi-lingual complexities of the people it portrays and I sincerely hope I don’t see a day when it is divorced from parallel cinema.”Popular Cinema” is really a paradox as I am sure art/non-commercial filmmakers do not make cinema for the sole purpose of rendering them extremely “unpopular” among the masses. So they will co-exist. Some will weep at poverty and child abuse, while some laugh at improbably cohesive families living in palacial houses.