Hindu-organized protest in Kolkata commemorates the Great Calcutta Killings in 1946, where thousands died.
Nearly 20,000 people rallied in support of Israel in India on Saturday in the largest demonstration of its kind, The Times of Israel reported.
Protesters carrying banners with pro-Israel messages gathered in the streets of Kolkata as community leaders made speeches declaring Israel’s right to defend itself against the Islamist group Hamas.
Holding signs reading “Save Israel from jihadi aggression” and “Stop Hamas, Gaza will be peaceful,” the crowd marched and cheered as one of the rally’s organizers delivered a speech.
Quick, what country produces the highest volume of movies in the world?
America, good ol’ Hollywood, right?
The correct answer is India, affectionately known as Bollywood.
In fact, Bollywood produces some of the most dazzling movies we have ever seen. Whereas Hollywood long ago abandoned musicals—the quintessential American art form—Bollywood cranks out one amazing musical after another.
And the star system, dead in America—replaced by a debased celebrity culture—is thriving in India, where stars, male and female, need 24/7 security guards to protect them from adoring mobs—and kidnappers.
Aishwarya Rai is the biggest female Bollywood star. She is regularly billed above the title as The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.
Funny, when I was in China, the great Gong-Li had the exact same billing.
Here’s a clip of the stunning and incredibly accomplished Aishwarya Rai doing a song and dance in Umrao Jaan. Highly recommended.
And yes, in the future we will be writing about Jews in Bollywood. For it was a handful of Jews who helped pioneer the fledgling Indian film industry, from the silent era into sound. Not surprisingly, some of Bollywood’s first and greatest stars were Jews.
Yes, it’s about time you heard about: Sulochana, born: Ruby Meyers, Firoza Begum, alias: Susan Solomon, Ramala Devi, born: Rachel Cohen, Pramila, born: Esther Abraham, David Abraham Cheulkar, better known as David, and Nadira, born Florence Ezekiel.
All were great stars in early Indian movies, now sadly forgotten.
Indian actress Nadira, born:
Seraphic Secret thanks faithful reader E.V. for educating us regarding the history of Jews in the Indian film industry and for linking us to the You Tube clip. Seraphic Secret says it repeatedly: we are nothing without our hugely dedicated and literate readers.
Yours truly with Gong-Li, billed in China as “The Most Beautiful Woman
in the World.” Who am I to argue?