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The Indian film industry produces more films and grosses more in ticket
sales per year than any other film industry in the world. While films
of all genres are produced in India , the focus of this pathfinder is
the lavish romantic musicals rooted in the industry of Mumbai, or
This pathfinder is intended for any film enthusiast interested in learning about Bollywood films.
ML2075.A – Indian film music.
PN1993.5 I – Indian film and industry history and criticism.
PN2887.M-Z – Biographies of Indian actors, directors etc.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Motion pictures – India
Motion picture industry – India
Motion picture industry -- India -- History.
Motion pictures -- India -- History and criticism.
Motion pictures -- India – Catalogs
Motion pictures -- India -- Biography
Motion picture producers and directors – India
Motion picture actors and actresses – India
Motion picture music – India
General Reference Sources
Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema. Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen, eds. London: British Film Institute, 1999. PN1993.5.I8 R277 1999
Despite its age, this is an excellent quick-reference source. The
encyclopedia is divided into two sections: a dictionary of actors and
directors, and a dictionary of films.
Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. New Delhi: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2003. PN1993.5.I8 E539 2003
Presents a detailed history of Hindi cinema. The format resembles a
textbook more than it does a traditional encyclopedia, but this
resource is well-indexed and easy to navigate.
Film Index International. British Film Institute, 2003-2005. Via Proquest
This database is extremely searchable, and provides hundreds of articles on actors, directors, and films of Bollywood.
About the Films
Ganti, Tejaswini. Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema. London: Routledge, 2004. PN1993.5.I8 G28 2004
This is an excellent guide to Bollywood films, and a great place for the true beginner to start.
Bollywood: Popular Indian Cinema. Lalit Mohan Joshi, ed. London: Dakini, 2001. PN1993.5.I4 B65 2001
Covers one hundred years of Bollywood cinema. Many important films, directors, and actors are discussed briefly.
Somaaya, Bhawana. Cinema: Images and Issues. New Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2004. PN1993.5.I4 S66 2004
This is a collection of ninety-six brief critical articles on important Bollywood films.
Raheja, Dinesh. Indian Cinema: the Bollywood Saga. London: Aurum Press, 2004. PN1993.5.I8 R32 2004
An excellent overview of Indian film movements. Includes plot summaries of major films.
About the People
Kazmi, Nikhat. The Dream Merchants of Bollywood. New Delhi: UBS Publishers’ Distributors, 1998. PN1993.5.I8 K384 1998
Highlights character archetypes of Bollywood films and the actors who
play them. Also includes profiles and criticism of major directors and
Kabir, Nasreen. Bollywood: The Indian Cinema Story. London: Channel 4 Books, 2001. PN1993.5.I8 K335 2001
This source focuses primarily on characters, actors, directors, musicians, and dancers and choreographers in Indian films.
About the Industry
Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema: A Visual Journey Through the Heart of Bollywood. John Manschot and Marijke de Vos, eds. Amsterdam: KIT, 2005. PN1993.5.I5 B44 2005
The articles in this book cover the inner-workings of Bollywood filmmaking and broad cultural issues related to the industry.
Gokulsing, K. Indian Popular Cinema: A Narrative of Cultural Change. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books, 1998. PN1993.5.I8 G65 1998
Covers the impact of the industry on society, as well as industry history and technical developments.
Thoraval, Yves. The Cinemas of India. New Delhi: Macmillan India, 2000. PN1993.5.I8 T4913 2000
This provides a detailed history of Bollywood between 1896 and 2000.
Also includes information, past and current, on Indian film industries
outside of Mumbai.
This website is essential for Bollywood fans who aren’t familiar with
Indian culture. Includes recommended film lists, biographies, music
This site, by an Asian languages and literature professor at the
University of Iowa, provides summaries and criticism for a number of
important Bollywood films.
Apun Ka Choice
Movie news, celebrity gossip, music and more! Unfortunately, sites like
these tend to be overrun with pop-ups, and this is no exception.
Frequently mentioned Films
Mother India (1957)
Umrao Jaan (1981)
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Dil Se (1998)
Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam (1999)
Compiled by Emily Riley, UNC Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science
Last updated 12.08.05