Sulochana. Pramila. Nadira. These are the names of the most celebrated movie stars of Bollywood’s silent era and Golden Age. Few know, however, that these names belonged to three Jewish women – denizens of India’s 2,000-year-old Jewish community. With a willingness to play more provocative roles than their Hindu and Muslim counterparts, these stunning and talented performers shattered barriers and achieved international fame in their own right.
With spry animation and a bright, energetic Bollywood soundtrack, director Danny Ben-Moshe traces the untold history of Bollywood cinema and the Jewish actors that helped transform it into the celebrated art form we know today. Whether you’re a fan of Bollywood cinema, or you’ve always been curious about the history behind India’s booming film industry, SHALOM BOLLYWOOD will surely widen your arsenal of film knowledge or serve as the perfect primer to India’s most successful cultural export.