India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Getting real in Bollywood


I am a bit wary when filmmakers announce Bollywood projects based on real life people. After all, the word Bollywood evokes images of glitzy song-and-dance routines in exotic locales. And that’s largely true even though the Mumbai film industry is showing signs of opening up to bolder, more realistic themes.

Bollywood postersTake “Rave Party” for example. The story of Scarlett Keeling, the British teenager murdered at a Goan beach, is being made into a film.

But it remains to be seen if director Prabhakar Shukla’s project can stick to the truth. A lawyer for Keeling’s family has said they might object if it didn’t.

Actor Sanjay Dutt is to portray Charles Sobhraj in a new film about the infamous killer and master of disguise. And “Jannat,” releasing in cinemas this month, depicts a cricket coach found dead under mysterious circumstances during a tournament — mirroring the death of Bob Woolmer at the cricket World Cup in 2007.