Featuring archival jewels from cinematic history, Shalom Bollywood reveals the forgotten history of early Indian cinema, when Jewish stars reigned supreme on the desi screen. Acting was a taboo profession for Hindu and Muslim women in those days, and so the Jewish women of Bombay’s Bene Israel and Bagdadi communities took to the movies, and catapulted into superstardom! What began with Ruby Myers — aka Sulochana, the first lady of Indian cinema in the 1920s — was cemented with Nadira, the quintessential vamp in the 1960s. Following the stories of nice Jewish girls who ruled the Indian screen for over four decades, Ben-Moshe’s entertaining and eye-opening doc includes interviews with Bollywood icons and kitschy animation, and shows us how cinema has always been a medium for bridging cultures.
“Danny Ben-Moshe tells the story of four extraordinary female superstars — Sulochana, Pramila, Miss Rose and Nadira — as well as popular character actor David Abraham, in a lively, audience-friendly documentary that…is full of surprises.”
– Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter