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Check Out Bollywood Ten Best Lists and VIDEOS

Thompson on Hollywood By David Chute | Thompson on Hollywood July 27, 2013 at 11:34AM

The Guardian (UK) does a good job covering Indian and Bollywood movies, which have a much higher mainstream profile in Britain than they do stateside. This week the paper published a juicy package around the on-going Centenary of Indian Cinema. Taken together, the pieces offer a solid overview of must-sees and good Internet-friendly lists of Ten, for any Bollywoodphile.
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"Andaz" (Mehboob Khan, 1949) Dilip Kumar sings to Nargis as Cuckoo dances. Music: Naushad. "Pyaasa" (Guru Dutt, 1957) Guru Dutt, as an idealistic poet, presumed dead, turns up at his own memorial celebration to mourn the vanity of the world. Music: S.D. Burman. "Sholay" (Ramesh Sippy, 1975) Co-stars Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan are both making time with their future real-life wives in this classic Holi Festival celebration number. Music: R.D. Burman. "Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge" (Aditya Chopra, 1995) Shah Rukh Khan romances Kajol (in green) and in the process wins over his future in-laws. Music: Jatin-Lalit. "Gangs of Wasseypur I and II" (Anurag Kashyap, 2012) Even gangsters dance. Music: Sneha Khanwalkar.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.