Al Otro Lado de Bollywood

Pedro Ortuño

In his work Ortuño usually portrays realities that are nearby but that nevertheless remain little or not visible at all. On this occasion however, the reality that he offers us is that of the other side of the biggest film industry in the world, namely, Bollywood.

The format chosen by Ortuño for this video is the documentary, which he has previously used on several occasions. There isn’t a narrator, and no questions are asked. The camera focuses on each of the people being filmed, usually in rather short takes.

The film begins in a populated street of one of India’s cities. The camera records the buzz of the place as well as the omnipresence of film advertisements, whose aesthetic seems no doubt somewhat anachronistic when compared to ours. A man carrying a pile of metal boxes on his head crosses the shot framed by the camera. We follow him into the interior of a building. From this moment onwards, the film will show us the degree to which the film industry is of a vital importance in India, that is, the ways in which the films, the population watching them, their links to politics, are important in perpetuating values that are, even to Indian society, out of date. Or so it is affirmed at one point in the video.

With this piece Orduño shows us, in several episodes, the other side of Bollywood. For this he uses the testimonies of producers, actors, directors, film experts, and others, who slowly go through every aspect of the biggest film industry in the world; the reason why every film has some musical scenes, the socioeconomic reasons behind their weight in society, the co-existence of this type of films with those coming from Hollywood, and the links between both, etc. But the video also shows us the other kinds of film possible, the other films coming out of India, those with much tighter links with society and with everyday reality.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Al Otro Lado de Bollywood
  • Direction: Pedro Ortuño
  • Production: Pedro Ortuño. 2007.
  • Duration: 01:16:01
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright