More a mashup of production numbers than a docu, pic shows little direction from co-helmers Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist but lots of editing (Zimbalist's other hat).

More a mashup of production numbers than a docu, “Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” shows little direction from co-helmers Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist but lots of editing (Zimbalist’s other hat). Playing like a promo reel for a docu yet to be made, the pic offers superficial thematic presentation and only minimal talking heads, with no identification, making it neither a primer for Bollywood first-timers nor a substantive trip down memory lane for aficionados. However, mega-producer Ronnie Screwvala could attach this as a DVD extra to any number of his titles.

Within the first five minutes, most auds will realize this isn’t a Bollywood version of “That’s Entertainment”: The few people interviewed get about two sentences each, and nothing said amounts to more than platitudes. Occasional crosscutting of newsreel footage gives the mistaken impression that Indian cinema began with the country’s independence in 1947; otherwise, musical numbers are spliced together from a variety of pics, with a heavy reliance on current stars. Zimbalist’s editing instincts are well-tuned to the music, though frustratingly, fave sequences from “Dil Se,” “3 Idiots,” and the like aren’t complete. Sound is tops.

Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

India

Production

A UTV Motion Pictures production. (International sales: Wild Bunch, Paris.) Produced by Shekhar Kapur, Ronnie Screwvala, Trishya Screwvala. Co-producers, Zarina Mehta, Deven Khote, Siddharth Roy Kapur. Executive producer, Neha Kaul. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Jeff Zimbalist.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Tapan Basu; editor, Zimbalist; art director, Mayur Sharma. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (noncompeting), May 14, 2011. Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Shammi Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur, Dev Anand, Aishwarya Rai, Katrina Kaif, Saroj Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchan. (Hindi, English dialogue)

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