Back in 2005, the trip from Mumbai airport to Colaba, in the Southern Mumbai, took some one hour, when you had to drive through the whole city of Mumbai. Although the trip through the city was a very thrilling experience for a first timer, it was still nice to experience this Bandra Worli Sea Link -bridge which they had built on the sea, to make the travelling in Mumbai a lot easier and much faster, ten years later – In 2015 a taxi from Mumbai airport to Colaba took more than half an hour less of your time. Less than thirty minutes outside rush hour.
During night time this Bandra Worli Sea Link -bridge is lit nicely and you can enjoy the night time view along with the traffic lights and skyscraper lights from hotels like Taj Lands End in Bandra. This is a very much recommendable sight during night, I must say. Unfortunately this hotel did not have a roof top terrace with a restaurant – That would have really crown it all.
Day time you can visit the near by Bandra Fort and park and then watch the sun set in the horizon, behind the Arabian Sea. Sunset on the rocks in Bandra Bandstand will look something like in the video you will find in the link.
Travel Opus to Bollywood and Hindi cinema is one of INDIVUE’s web publications. Online since 2005, both in Finnish and in English languages. All the articles are related to Bollywood, Hindi cinema and Indian movies.
In 2018 INDIVUE’s Travel Opus to Bollywood renews itself –
Now it will also guide you to listen to the excellent music from these movies!
In addition you will find plenty of good Bollywood movies to watch. With English subtitles. All this with the guidance of INDIVUE’s Travel Opus to Bollywood (Fin. Matkaopus Bollywoodiin).
So let us start with the introduction to the Travel Opus to Bollywood, which is a video called a Successful landing in Mumbai (the home of Bollywood). Video, images and music by Indivue.
History of Indian cinema in short
Hindi cinema is known by the name of Bollywood, because they combined the names of Hollywood and Bombay. Other theories have also been made about the birth of this concept. (Nowadays Bombay is known as Mumbai, and the commercial capital of India.)
India itself is a huge country where they speak several languages. India has over 20 official languages and Indian movies are produced with over 30 different languages. The biggest and most important languages are Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Malayalam and Bhojpuri.
Movie itself came to India in 7th of July 1896.
The first Indian document was a wrestling match in Mumbai, Hanging Garden, in 1897.
Bollywood itself is over one hundred years old concept. The first Indian silent film Raja Harishchandra was published in 1913, like it was mentioned in 21st of June 2012.
Alam Ara in 1931 was the first Indian movie with a sound, and a year later came the first movie with a background music. The movie was called Chandidas.
The first Indian movie in the Venice Film Festival was seen in 1934. It was called Seeta and it got also the first international reward.
Famous Indian movie awards are National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, Stardust Awards, Star screen Awards, Bollywood Movie Awards and Zee Cine Awards.
The first Indian movie with singing was Bhagya Shakra in 1935.
The first commercially successful movie in India was Chandra Lekha in 1948.
The Indivue Travel Opus to Bollywood in Finnish tells you about the Bollywood movie premieres also. The previous link will tell you what was happening last year, in 2017. Most of those movies have come for sale by now!
The music samples attached here tell you some essential names behind the music in Hindi movies, like Lata Mangehskar, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Lucky Ali, Shreya Goshal and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
It is worth mentioning that all the Indian movies reviewed in INDIVUE have been seen through Western eyeglasses. That way much of the movie experience is based on translation and English subtitles made by somebody else. This might also explain why some masterpiece in Hindi cinema does not ring the bell of the Finnish viewer. And it goes vice versa as well, of course.
It might interesting for an Indian to see, what do Western people like in Bollywood. So here you go –
The first Bollywood movie I saw in an Indian movie theatre was called Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and that was in Mumbai back in 2006, in Regal Cinema. Find the article about that movie and Regal Cinema here.Those were the poor days for bloggers, when computers were withering slow and internet connections between Europe and India even more slower.
Some ten years later I got to see another movie in an Indian movie theatre, and that was Shamitabh, a movie partially shot in Finland.
But dvds and blurays have always been my favourites because those movies had English subtitles in them. Very essential. Luckily nowadays it is easy to see Bollywood movies with English subtitles also through Apple and iTunes.
About the actresses in Hindi cinema:
The best and most well known female actresses in Bollywood nowadays are:
Back in 2012 Indivue wrote an article Celebrating the 100 years of Bollywood movies. In that article there’s over 70 movies with English subtitles from one decade reviewed by Indivue. Nowadays this article is updated and comes with music, so do check it out and feel the rhythm!
Indivue has been making this Travel Opus to Bollywood for over ten years. The latest updates into it are the safe affiliate links to Apple Music and iTunes -services. Through them you can easily find Bollywood movies and music. (Apple and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)
I mentioned about the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, India, back in 2006, when I was visiting there, and shooting the video attached below. The blog article from that period of time, 2006, with the tiny images, is what was possible to post from India back then. Reason being the laptop with its extremely slow speed for any kind of function, from shifting the photos from my camera to the computer and then cropping them and shifting to a memory stick and taking to an Internet cafe. And then on top of all that we had the very slow internet connection in a Mumbai Net Cafe back then, which took several minutes for a few kilobytes.
So much trouble in 2006, only to tell you about the great sight of Elephanta Caves, which is one them World Heritage Sites located in India. Inside the caves there are many stone carvings made of Hindu Gods. Protected from the monsoon weather. Reachable only by boat.
Today, in 2018, internet enables you to see many other videos about the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai after watching this short video of mine. So do take a look and enjoy you visual adventure!
Mainitsin Elephanta Cavesista jo vuonna 2006 käydessäni Mumbaissa. Valitettavasti nettiyhteydet, kamerat ja tietokoneet olivat tuolloin niin kehnoa laatua, ettei Elephanta Caves -videon bloggaaminen ollut mahdollista ennen kuin vasta nyt.
Bonuksena kuitenkin tämä: katsottuasi tämän lyhytvideon Elephanta Cavesista, saat nyt kaupan päälle monta muuta videonäkökulmaa samasta aiheesta!
Elephanta Caves is located in the Elephanta Island in front of the Mumbai city, approximately 10 kilometres away from the land. In this green island, among the beautiful nature, are situated some stunning stone carvings, for example of the Hindu God Shiva.
Gateway of India in Mumbai is a characteristic port monument on the seafront. Its construction began in 1911 and the Gateway of India was ready in 1924. The last British troops left India through this port in 1948.