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Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 22, 2011 at 4:56AM

Aishwarya Rai is a familiar fixture on the Cannes Fest red carpet. And this year, she's front and center in a new Bollywood film, Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (pictured), produced expressly for Cannes.
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Aishwarya Rai is a familiar fixture on the Cannes Fest red carpet. And this year, she's front and center in a new Bollywood film, Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (pictured), produced expressly for Cannes.

Shekhar Kapoor produced Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told for the 64th festival, where it will screen out of competition. The musical documentary started from a conversation when Kapoor was on last year's Cannes Jury. He decided to go ahead and make a compilation of "the most beautiful moments in the history of Indian musical films, with all their moving pageantry and dance." In the film, Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
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Jeff Zimbalist pay tribute to the Bollywood cinema genre that was spawned in India's moviemaking capital, Mumbai.

I cannot wait. Two of my fave Bollywood numbers from Lagaan are below. What are yours? I'll post them. UPDATED: More of your picks are below.

Main Vari Vari from Mangal Pandey starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee.


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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.