This delightful documentary reveals the role of India’s Jewish community in establishing the world’s largest film industry. In the early 20th century it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen: female roles were portrayed by Jewish women. 

Richly illustrated with lively excerpts tracing the development of Indian cinema, the film profiles silent-era star Sulochana (Ruby Myers), 1930s party queen Miss Rose (Rose Ezra), Pramila (Esther Abraham), and saucy vamp Nadira (Farhat Ezekiel). The film also features current Bollywood stars commenting on the legacy of these mega-stars on their industry.

Be sure to also visit the MFAH exhibition Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India, on view March 4–August 19!

Read an interview with the filmmaker.

Tickets for Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema
Sunday, March 11, 2018 5 p.m.

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Danny Ben-Moshe
English, Hebrew, German, and Yiddish with English subtitles
Running Time
76 minutes
Digital, Color