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Bombay After viewing Deppta Mehta’s film Earth in class, I was automatically struck by how Western it was. Visually, it didn’t look like a traditional “Bollywood” film, and I could see why debate would be made as to whether the country of origin was Canada or India. The film seemed especially Western after viewing Bombay , which takes a similar plot (inter-religious love that reads like a modern day Romeo & Juliet ) and sets it against a backdrop of a country that is at war with itself. Unlike Earth , Bombay followed the traditional conventions set forth by films of Bollywood. This makes it harder for them to tell a serious story, as musicals are by nature happy films. Indeed, the film starts off happy, with protagonists Shekhar and Shaila falling in love with each other, but I felt the most remarkable part of the movie was the number during the riots towards the end of the film. They sing about the horrors of war in a desperate plea to stop the violence that is ravaging India. The raw emotion of the scene
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