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Bollywood recipe
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Bollywood recipe

The Big 3 : Bollywood, Nollywood, and Hollywood

Bollywood is the name given to the Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. When combined with other Indian film industries (Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada), it is considered to be the largest in the world in terms of number of films produced, and maybe also the number of tickets sold. The term Bollywood was created by conflating
1 Bombay (the city now called Mumbai) and Hollywood (the famous center of the United States film industry). Bollywood films are usually musicals. Few movies are made without at least one song-and-dance number. Indian audiences expect
2 full value for their money; they want songs and dances, love interest, comedy and dare-devil thrills, all mixed up in a three hour long extravaganza with intermission
3 . Such movies are called masala movies, after the spice mixture masala. Like masala, these movies have everything. The plots are often melodramatic. They frequently quently employ formulaic
4 ingredients such as star-crossed lovers, corrupt politicians, twins separated at birth, conniving
5 villains, angry parents, courtesans with hearts of gold, dramatic reversals of fortune, and convenient
6 coincidences.
But currently
7 [...] less than 4 percent of Indians go to the movies regularly. Moreover, India does not really have that many cinemas for people to go to – less than 13,000, versus almost 40,000 in the U.S. (a country which has only one-fourth of India’s population). The average Bollywood film costs only about $1.5 million to make, versus $47.7 million for Hollywood. The Indian film industry produces over 2,000 films per year and is worth around $5 billion.
mixing 2.
want 3.
pause, break 4.
parts of a formula 5.
plotting 6.
practical 7.
at the moment

Grammar in progress

Les adjectifs composés

Observez les adjectifs soulignés dans le texte. Classez-les selon leur formation.

Exercices p. 40
Précis grammatical p. 268


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Workbook p. 10
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Find a portmanteau word (composed of two other words) and explain it.

List the strong points of Bollywood.

Useful vocabulary: Not only, … but also…
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Spot 3 ingredients of Bollywood fi lms.

List the weak points of Bollywood.

Useful vocabulary: The weak points are... It is characterized by...

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates.

Compare Hollywood and Bollywood fi lm industries.

Do you like Bollywood films?

Let's learn!

Pronunciation challenge

Each group prepares a list of words that include the letter “i”. You can pick them up from the text or use your imagination. Then, give the list to the other group for them to pronounce the words.

Over to you!

Create the perfect Bollywood movie poster

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

Imagine a brief plot for your own Bollywood movie, choose the title, your hero or heroine, his or her posture and action.

Be ready to present your poster to your classmates and answer their questions.
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