LBI Film Club

Shalom Bollywood



Shalom Bollywood – The Untold Story of Indian Cinema    (Identity Films and Productions, AU 2017)


‘Shalom Bollywood – The Untold Story of Indian Cinema’ (2017)

Director: Danny Ben-Moshe

Shalom Bollywood reveals the unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian-Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world’s largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles, which they dominated for decades. The film focuses on the lives of five of the great Jewish actors. Infused with music and dancing, the vibrant and spirited documentary unabashedly oozes Bollywood as it uses film motifs to drive the narrative.

Written, directed and produced by Danny Ben-Moshe, one of Australia’s leading documentary filmmakers, Shalom Bollywood had its world premiere at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in 2017. A major success at the Jewish, Indian and South East Asian film festival circuit in 2018, and reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter as ‘lively, upbeat and entertaining’, the film has stirred discussion from the BBC to Voice of America, and has been effusively reviewed across Indian media from India Today, the Times of India, The Hindu, Scroll and many more.


Written and directed by: Danny Ben-Moshe
Produced by: 
Identity Films and Productions
Distributed by: Identity Films and Productions

Cast: Sulochana, Pramila, Miss Rose, Nadira, Haidar Ali, Rachel Reuben


Documentary, 76 min, 2017
Language: English

The link below will be active for 150 free viewings for a limited amount of days – from 29/04/21 to 05/05/21.


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We wish to thank Danny Ben-Moshe at Identity Films and Productions for supporting us and organizing access to this film for our viewers.


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