Auteur: Jonathan Torgovnik
Traducteur: Julie Sibony
In Once Upon a Time in Bollywood, photographer Jonathan Torgovnik explores India's favourite form of entertainment, Bollywood cinema. With over eight hundred films made every year, India, with a population of over one billion, is the world's largest film-producing country. Its film industry, Bollywood, has become a social phenomenon. Once Upon a Time in Bollywood puts the spotlight on all those involved in these marvellous blockbusters, which attract more than 14 million people to cinemas in India every day. Jonathan Torgovnik's report is both a travel diary behind the scenes of Indian cinema, where a magical and contagious frenzy reigns, and a clear-sighted look at the profound influence of Bollywood cinema on Indian society. Original in its conception, this book is a unique document on India's extraordinary cinematic culture placed in the context of everyday reality. The book is introduced by a text by Nasreen Munni Kabir, an internationally renowned specialist in Indian cinema. Each photograph is accompanied by detailed captions written by Jonathan Torgovnik. Once Upon a Time in Bollywood is a testament to the power of cinema as entertainment and social phenomenon.