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.