The 12th annual Bollywood Film Festival


It’s the largest film industry in the world and it’s coming to Hawaii.

The 12th annual Bollywood Film Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre from January 5th till February 1st. 

While Bollywood considered an art form to the theatre, its true purpose is to entertain.

In India, whole families go to the theatres together and film studios would release the soundtrack beforehand so that everyone can sing and dance along.

The films are made to appeal to all levels of the audience, from the kids, teenagers, to parents and grandparents.

While the sign and dance extravaganzas are still a mainstay of the genre, the industry is more in tune with what’s happening today, so more modern themes are making their way into the films. 

The opening night is Saturday, January 2nd at 6 pm and they’ll have a reception with catering by Himalayan Kitchen along with complimentary mendhi and henna.

They’ll also be Bollywood dance workshop by Aaja Nachle Hawaii for song from the opening night film, Badhaai Ho.

The film was a huge hit in India and its about an adult man whose parents are expecting another child. 

Besides the festival in January, they’ll also be having two performances of A Night of Sovereign Strings, a concert celebrating musical legacy of legendary Royal Hawaiian Band leader, Mekia Kealaka’i and revealing the Hawaiian origins in a many modern instruments with a slew of well-known local musicians.

In February, they’ll be bringing back our African American Film festival for the 8th year to celebrate black history month.

Starting in March, the museum is also excited to present work by Aotearoa/New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana in an exhibition called Lisa Reihana: Emissaries.

Bollywood Film Festival 2019
Honolulu Museum of Art
Doris Duke Theatre
January 5 – February 1

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