Bollywood Superstars traces the development of Indian cinema from its precedents in the late 19th century to its establishment as a massive industry a century later. Several chapters are dedicated to key figures within this remarkable history, including cinematographer Ravi Varma, producer Dadasaheb Phalke, director Satyajit Ray and the actor Rajinikanth.
The volume emphasizes the particular flavor of films produced in different regions: “Kollywood” cinema from Tamil (a mix of comedy, action and emotion), “Bollywood” cinema from Mumbai (musical “masala films”) and “Tollywood” cinema from Bengali (critically acclaimed art films). Punctuating this wealth of information are film stills, movie posters, photographs and various artworks that have inspired the country’s filmmakers.
Edited by Julien Rosseau and Hélène Kessous. Published by Kaph Books in 2023. Paperback, measures 9.5 x 7.5 inches, 176 pages. ISBN 9786148035524