It’s moving, musical, flashy and beautiful — and America can’t get enough of Bollywood. A troupe of college students has earned a spot on “America’s Got Talent” with their energetic bhangra dancing. Every Sunday morning this summer, IFC is playing “Wake Up to Bollywood: The Best of Bollywood Cinema,” the first time a significant U.S. network has dedicated airtime to the genre. And aspiring Bollywood stars are getting the chance, through Aug. 27, to enter Bollystar, a competition for singers to upload videos of themselves belting out a Bollywood tune. The winner (at bollystar2009.com) gets a singing role in a Bollywood movie. The Huffington Post has even reported a huge rise in India’s pop culture superstars detailing the minutiae of their lives via Twitter. But as savviness about Hindi cinema grows stateside, it might be bad news for its stars. That’s because some smart Bollywood icons have holed up right here in New York to enjoy some paparazzi-free privacy. While they are megastars on the Indian subcontinent, they’re anonymous to most New Yorkers — imagine Tom Cruise hitting a corner deli for a pint of milk without photographers or autograph hunters poring over his groceries. Take Abhay Deol. Deol is… Read full this story
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