Netflix to release a star-studded doc series on the history of romance in Bollywood


As romantics round the world gear up to rejoice Valentine’s Day, the creator of “Indian Matchmaking” is getting ready to release a love letter to Bollywood. 

A brand new documentary series coming to Netflix on Feb. 14 will discover the history of Bollywood romance motion pictures and their influence on Indian id, with interviews from 35 Hindi movie icons of the final 50 years. “The Romantics” picks the brains of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Kajol, Madhuri Dixit and Ranbir Kapoor (amongst many, many others), who all sit down to focus on Hindi cinema and the roles they’ve performed in shaping it. 

Colourful settings, love songs and delightful dance numbers have come to outline Hindi cinema globally, the actors stated, and so they’ve molded how the world sees Indian tradition.

“Movies that come out of India are fully distinctive to our tradition,” actor Abhishek Bachchan stated in the series’ trailer. “They don’t attempt to be like anyone else.” 

The opening query posed to the actors in the trailer — “What do you concentrate on the time period ‘Bollywood’?” — is already a deep lower. It’s a label fraught with conversations about exclusivity, colorism, nepotism and South Indian erasure in a Hindi-only medium. 

“Our cinema is an inherent half of Indians,” Khan stated. 

The series is helmed by “Indian Matchmaking” creator Smriti Mundhra, who additionally directed a few episodes of Mindy Kaling’s “By no means Have I Ever.” Mundhra’s new series will hint the profession of Yash Chopra, the director many credit score with pioneering the Hindi romance style and launching some of the world’s most well-known actors.

“The Romantics” additionally options interviews with Indian stars from the diaspora like Lilly Singh, who in the trailer described Bollywood’s influence on her personal life.

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