Bollywood... The Worst Movie Ever Made
Film-goers celebrated the Hindu Festival of Light, Diwali,
with a day dedicated to Bollywood at the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival yesterday
Legendary Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra was
among the crowds who turned up to the stunning open-air Katara Opera House in DTFF’s
purpose-built Culture Village to watch the Middle Eastern premiere of Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.
Disappointingly, however, ‘The Worst Movie Ever Made’ would have been a more
Co-director Jeff Zimbalist and glamorous DTFF executive
Amanda Palmer, dressed in a decadent
Manish Malhotra gown, presented the evening’s entertainment. India’s Got Talent
winners Suresh and Vernon Group were
the supporting act for the film, performing seven minutes of impressive dance
A short film
followed, honouring the 1100 volunteers who made this year’s Doha Tribeca Film
Festival possible. Created by and cast with these innovative young volunteers, the
vignette dramatised preparations for the festival and was shot in the style of hit
US TV series 24 with split-screen
action, a rising sense of denouement and even a golf buggy chase! An inspired piece of work, it deserved the
round of applause it received and turned out to be the best film of the night.
Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told didn’t live up to its name. There was no
story in this 81-minutte montage of random Bollywood clips, interspersed with archive
footage of India’s past and the
briefest of sound bites from Bollywood stars such as Anil Kapoor,
Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Watching this Bollywood mash-up without a message was
like being trapped in room with the most irritable of channel-surfers endlessly
flicking though stations without ever settling on one show long enough to discover
what it’s about.
Indeed, anyone hoping to know more about Bollywood after
watching this film will be sadly let down.