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Hooray for Bollywood!

Bollywood is a beacon of hope for many young people in India.

On 26 January 2006 (Independence Day) it released its most popular film yet, Rang de Basanti.

Read this review:

Oscar nominated Rang de Basanti opens with Sue, a young London based film-maker, going to India to shoot a film about the Indian revolutionaries her grandfather wrote about in his diary fifty years before.

She flies to Delhi and tries to find five young people to star in her film. But no-one is interested. To them the idea of being a revolutionary, and giving up your life for your beliefs, is the stuff text-books are made of. They would rather shop, socialise and party. Then, something happens, and the five embark on a journey that will change their lives…

This is not a run-of-the-mill type of film. It tells us so much about the ups and downs of being a young Indian today. Thrilling, and not to be missed
Watch the Hello World film and see what you think.

What parts of the clip did you recognise from the review?

What did you like about it?

Can you see any evidence of globalisation in it?

What do you think ‘A generation awakens’ means


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Activity 2 Read  2 of the interviews with four Bangalore citizens.

  • Chappa picker
  • Adventure travel consultant
  • IT consultant
  • Student

They all answered two questions:

  • What do you think about the new wealth in India?
  • What can the world learn from India?

Who is most excited about the new wealth in India? Who is the least excited?

Draw out the continuum line. (see continuum examples below) Plot each person onto the Continuum and give reasons. There are no right answers – you just need to justify your choices.

Is it really possible to measure people’s excitement?

What else could we measure from these interviews?

Do you think there is a link between wealth and excitement – are the richer people more excited about India’s future?

Are there any other links?