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June 14, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#140: Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema with Todd Stadtman

You are in luck, especially if you were not able to make our Funky Bollywood discussion at San Diego's own Digital Gym Cinema last night, because I decided to make a podcast of the episode. And what a great idea, too, because it turned out to be one of the best and most enthusiastic Q&A's I ever moderated, and now we can bring it to YOU! Die Danger Die Die Kill Blogger and fellow "Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit (MOSS)" Agent Todd Stadtman joined us all the way from San Francisco to discuss and sign copies of his new book "Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema."

Funky Bollywood screenshot

Films from India, and films from the filmmaking machine that has come to be known as Bollywood, are still largely unknown or misunderstood by many of the cineastes I tend to meet on a regular basis. As with most film industries, Bollywood churned out films of a wide variety of genres from action to fantasy to horror. I couldn't wait to have this conversation with Todd about this particular subset of films because I think a lot of people would be fascinated to learn about they have to offer, how they can be found and kept alive, and how they can be introduced to new and varied audiences.

At the book signing!

At the book signing!

As far as finding Bollywood films, you should get Todd's book as a guide in your search. I sincerely recommend it! You can order it now from FAB Press by clicking on the picture:


We also mention YouTube and Netflix as ways to find some of these films, but Todd points out as a place to purchase DVDs, as well as Indian grocery stores and other Indian stores (including India Sweets and Spices in Mira Mesa for you San Diego folks) in cities with Indian communities. Remember to follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD and Todd @FOURDK. Todd also writes for the venerable cult film site Teleport City and acts as co-host of the Podcast on Fire: Taiwan Noir and Infernal Brains podcasts, as well as the musical radio program Pop Offensive on 9th Floor Radio.

Our Funky Bollywood Discussion Topics:

1. Why populist international cinema is important.

2. The response from the Indian community to the book

3. Why choose Bollywood films, and specifically why choose the action genre to write a book about?

4. Where do you find these films?

5. Watching films without subtitles.

6. Bollywood and Hollywood and international inspirations.

7. Defining “Bollywood” and different regions of Indian films.

8. The international allure of the action genre.

9. Where to find theatrical screenings of Bollywood films.

10. More ideas of where to find Bollywood films.

11. Differences in films from different parts of India.

12. Different character archetypes in 1970s Indian action cinema.

13. Explaining the title “Funky Bollywood,” and the music of Bollywood cinema.

14. Modern Bollywood

15. The influence on the partition of Indian and Pakistan had on the “Lost and Found” films.

16. The beauty of artifice in cinema.

Listen to the episode here:

May 11, 2015 Posted by admin in General

Uncovering Bollywood Action Cinema--An Author Signing!

Coming to San Diego's Digital Gym Cinema on Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 pm, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival will present to you a Delirio San Diego SPECIAL EVENT! Free to the public! Film clips! Discussion! Book Signing! Unique FUN! FUNKY_BWOOD_COVER

How much do you know about one of the world's hugest film industries? Get ready for a night of surprise, excitement, and the introduction to a wonderful new world! Bollywood films had so much more to offer than many people realize, and Todd Stadtman, author of the brand new book Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema, has made it part of his mission to not only keep these films alive, but also to introduce them to a new and diverse audience.

This event will include a WONDERFUL collection of clips from various films highlighted in Stadtman's book. It will be a delightful sample tray of cinematic Bollywood glory, followed by an introduction and discussion with Stadtman himself. The event is FREE OF CHARGE, but remember to bring money for your own book signed by the author!

In a review of the book, Sidharth Bhatia of India's newpaper The Hindu called Stadtman's book "a must-have for not just the casual browser but also the more serious student of Hindi films who is interested not just in individual movies but also, so to speak, the big picture."

Todd Stadtman: Author’s statement

Todd Stadtman - author photo

I began blogging about cult cinema in 2007. My choice of cult cinema as a subject can be explained as arising from a combination of my love of film in general and a longtime fascination with the obscure, the neglected, and the under-appreciated. This perhaps because I had long ago resigned myself to being a talented and special person who was destined for obscurity and thus felt a deep kinship with such things.

It also has to be said that, when I started, there was a lot of writing about fringe cinema on the internet that was clever and delightful, but there was a also a lot that was ignorant, chauvinistic and snarky. It seems that people found “B” movies and genre pictures—especially foreign ones--to be something they could easily condescend to, and condescension being to the internet as coal was to the boilers on the Titanic, thus a desirable topic.

I decided to do something different, instead turning my sights on far flung national cinemas that were either dismissed or ignored by other writers and engaging with their output in the thoughtful manner that they deserved… even when it could be soundly argued that they did not deserve it at all. There were also jokes.

The films of Bollywood quickly became a favorite topic of mine, due in no small part to an enthusiastic response from the robust community of English speaking Indian cinema fans and bloggers here and abroad. Thus, when it came time for me to turn my back on the vast potential audience offered me by the internet to seek immortality in the exciting world of print, I chose Bollywood as my subject—the action films of the 1970s in particular. The result was my book Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema, which was published by England’s FAB Press in the Spring of 2015.

When I am not tirelessly promoting myself and Funky Bollywood, I continue to write for my blog Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! and occasionally for the venerable cult film site Teleport City. I also act as co-host of the Podcast on Fire: Taiwan Noir and Infernal Brains podcasts, as well as the musical radio program Pop Offensive on 9th Floor Radio. Somehow, among all this, I also find time to live a life of comparable domestic bliss with my wife in the lovely city of San Francisco.

Book Trailer: