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寶萊塢(Bollywood)這個詞是由Bombay(孟買的舊稱)及Hollywood(好萊塢)所組成。在眾多寶萊塢電影中，1943年所發行的電影 “Kismet”為寶萊塢首部大片，其原因在於電影中呈現了當時二次世界大戰、英國殖民時人們的生活經歷，希望藉由此電影為人民發聲。想知道更多嗎？讓我們用3分鐘的時間一起來聽聽記者Max McGrath怎麼說吧！
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Nora: The biggest news …the best guests …the boldest events This is ‘The World in Brief’ with Max McGrath.
Nora: Celebrating annual World Bollywood Day, roving reporter Max McGrath joins us live from Mumbai, India, where he’s busy basking in Bollywood bliss! Max?
Max: Thanks Nora. I’m at Film City, Mumbai’s famous one-stop shop for all things Bollywood. This cutting-edge film complex comes complete with over 520 acres of land, a host of high-end studios, and over 100 diverse filming locations. Local choreographer Kaajal Dhawan joins me now. Kaajal, welcome to the show.
Kaajal: Thanks Max! What do you think of Film City?
Max: I love it here! Thanks for the tour. It was cool getting to see all those famous film sets! Like the prison from ‘Sholay’ …
Kaajal: ‘Sholay’ is one of my favorite movies! You’re a Bollywood fan?
Max: Of course! Isn’t everyone?
Kaajal: Not yet, but our fan base is growing, thanks to online streaming sites.
Max: How did people find it before the internet?
Kaajal: Well, it’s been popular here for generations. As Asian people moved to other continents, we shared our culture with the world. It’s the reason why Bollywood has its own holiday now too, to promote it globally.
Max: Bollywood isn’t the only film industry in Asia though, is it?
Kaajal: Not at all. Look at all the projects coming out of Taiwan right now! Big international successes! Movies like ‘A Sun’, or ‘The Falls’. There were 92 Taiwanese titles at Berlin’s annual European Film Market this year! That’s huge.
Max: True. But it’s a drop in the ocean, compared to the number of Bollywood movies made every year! India produces so much great content.
Kaajal: You know, Bollywood is just one of India’s film industries. We have many more!
Max: Oh right. I thought Bollywood was the name for all Indian cinema …
Kaajal: Don’t worry, most people make the same mistake. The word ‘Bollywood’ comes from two words mashed together: ‘Bombay’, and ‘Hollywood’. Bombay is the old name for this city.
Max: How do people celebrate World Bollywood Day here, in Mumbai?
Kaajal: How do you think? By watching movies, of course!
Max: I read that ‘Kismet’ was the first major Bollywood blockbuster, in 1943. What’s made Hindi cinema so successful for so long?
Kaajal: Bollywood’s always tried to be representative. India was struggling in the 40’s. People here were dealing with some really serious issues, like World War Two, and British colonialism. ‘Kismet’ put everyone’s lived experiences up on screen, which gave a voice to the people.
Max: What about all the famous musical numbers?
Kaajal: Well, not all Bollywood movies have singing and dancing.
Max: Could you teach me any classic moves, for World Bollywood Day?
Kaajal: OK, this one’s called the ‘Thumka’. It’s easy. Hands on hips! We step forward 4 times. On the fourth step, we push out our hips.
Max: How far?
Kaajal: As far as they’ll go. Ready?
Max: I think so …Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! Let me sign off! This is Max McGrath reporting live from Film City, Mumbai …
Kaajal: Here we go. Big smiles! And … one, two, three, push!
Max: … Nora! Look at me! I’m dancing!
Nora: You’re doing it, Max! Don’t forget guys, World Bollywood Day is on September 24th. Have a great day! I’m Nora Yu.
bliss 幸福 (n.)
Their idea of bliss is binge-watching Bollywood movies on their big-screen TV with the volume turned up high, that’s how they’re going to celebrate World Bollywood Day.
acres 英畝 (n.)
The Film City complex is on over 520 acres of land, which didn’t mean much to me until I realized that’s more than 210 hectares filled with studios, outdoor filming locations, and more.
choreographer 編舞家 (n.)
Choreographers for Bollywood movies not only design the sequence of movements in dances but also use symbolism in hand gestures from various dance traditions in India to convey a story or theme.
blockbuster 因為內容精彩而非常成功的影片 (n.);
stream 在線收聽或收看 (v.), streaming串流 (n.)
They finally joined a video streaming service, so they can stream new Bollywood blockbusters as soon as the movies are available online.