About This Site

In addition to watching movies and imitating dance routines very poorly, I work in the world cultures museum of a big university in Illinois, have a dog, and like to read and knit, both of which are hard to do while watching subtitled movies. You can reach me by email at bethlovesbollywood at gmail or on twitter at twitter.com/bethlovesbolly.

I have two film-related tumblrs: Paagal Subtitle for amusing English subtitles on Indian films and Fully Phoney (co-run with The Cult of Kumar) for telephones in Indian films. Both take submissions!

I often get asked how I started watching Bollywood movies. The short answer is that when Bride and Prejudice came out, I was so excited to see it (being a lover of almost all Jane Austen adaptations) that I went to the film's website and started poking around. The director had put up a list of Indian film conventions that she was playing with or winking at in the film, and as I read about them I thought "These sound amazing! Why have I never seen any of these movies?" I ran to my local independent video store, That's Rentertainment, which has a truly wonderful international film collection, and grabbed things almost at random. Because it had such happy-looking people on the cover, my first Indian film was Mujhse Dosti Karoge. And I was hooked.

In addition to this site, I have written about and discussed Indian cinema in the following publications/media:
I'm very lucky to have been interviewed, profiled, and mentioned in several publications. Here are some of those stories:

Below: a slideshow of the recently retired rotating banner images from this blog.