Big in Bollywood

Big in Bollywood

Sep 30, 2012
3:30 pm

Camera 12

Director: Bill Bowles, Kenny Meehan
Country/Year: USA, 2011
Running Time: 70mins
Language: English and Hindi with English subtitles
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Omi Vaidya in Person

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Funny and irreverent, Big in Bollywood documents Omi Vaidya’s ascendency from an aspiring Indian American actor in Hollywood to a megastar in far away Bollywood. When 27-year-old American-born Omi, a struggling actor in L.A. miraculously lands a dream role in the Bollywood film 3 Idiots (2010), his curious friends, armed with cameras, fly to Mumbai to film and document his big premiere and better understand the world of Bollywood. Within a week of release, 3 Idiots skyrockets to the top of the box office, becoming the most successful Indian film of all time. From relative obscurity to the heights of Bollywood stardom, Omi finds himself in the company of Bollywood stalwarts like Aamir Khan. While Omi deals with the challenges of new found fame and struggles with cultural competency in the strange, new world that is Bollywood — between language classes, calls to his wife back in the United States, a press tour that routinely gathers tens of thousands of people — he cheerfully greets strangers on the street who know him only as the “fourth idiot.”

Co Presenters Center for Asian American Media, India Community Center
Category: (ies)