Why is A R Rahman Mozart called

Culture : Sound cinema

Going to the cinema is the most popular leisure activity in India. Almost a thousand films are produced annually in the film metropolis of Bombay, four billion cinema tickets are sold throughout the country in the same period and film music composers such as A. R. Rahman, the “Mozart from Madras”, achieve hero status. Since 1992 this Rahman has sold 100 million CDs; more than Madonna and Britney Spears put together worldwide. Because music and dance are indispensable ingredients of the colorful and eagerly awaited epics of at least three hours in Indian cinema films.

"Music is spirit and dance is the manifestation of spirit", said the dancer and choreographer Shiamak Davar, in the arte documentary "Bollywood - India's sounding cinema" by Nele Münchmeyer, which was shown on Friday evening at the opening of the Indian Film Night in the film museum . And which offered a fact-rich and at the same time very sensual insight into the superlatives of the dream world of Bollywood and gave someone who had previously dismissed such films as “kitschy emotional cinema” a sensitive look behind the scenes.

The astonishingly large number of young cinema-goers who appeared in large numbers certainly did not need such information, as Indian cinema has long been preparing to win the hearts of film buffs around the world. Prizes at European film festivals are evidence of this triumph, as is the nomination of the successful director Yash Chopra as a member of the jury at the Berlinale, which is currently taking place.

Yash Chopra's melodramatic epic “Veer & Zaara - The Legend of a Love” from 2004 was the highlight of the film night. The material of this beautiful, heartbreaking love drama had all the ingredients that make great dramas: the different religious affiliations and the barely reconcilable social status of the protagonists. She's from Pakistan, he's Indian. He is unbound and she is firmly promised. She must follow her father and his political interests; he can follow his heart. And to top it all off, the politically influential fiancé retaliated cruelly for the gross violation of the honor of his promised: the lovers were separated for twenty-two years. Veer sits innocent and speechless in prison in Pakistan, Zaara mourns the supposed dead in his hometown in India. But what can hardly be described here with dry words and hardly allows a happy ending, is then resolved in a grand finale, after which you cannot simply go back to the agenda. Not even politically, because the reconciliation between the Indian prisoner and his Pakistani judges was a very strong picture. This complexity of the plot, in addition to the wonderful actors like the superstar Shahrukh Khan, was probably also what cast a spell over the Potsdam audience for over three hours. There was almost an outcry when the film was stopped abruptly after the first film lesson and two attractive young dancers appeared on stage almost out of nowhere. “Triveni” is the name of the Berlin dance group, whose graceful actors quickly won the hearts of the audience. And so that the sensual pleasure was completed, there was a tasty buffet with Mix Pakora, Mutton Curry, Chicken Mushroom and Alu-Chaap, lovingly prepared by the Babelsberg “Kashmir Haus” during the breaks. This is also one of the extremely pleasant and indispensable sides of globalization.

The film museum was supported by the Indian embassy for the hopefully not singular event; The Counselor, Mr. Sudhanshu Pandey, revealed himself to be an enthusiastic moviegoer.

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