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March 09, 2012

Bollywood Craze in Mauritius

Collectible posters, newspaper clippings, autographs, have a profile on Facebook or Twitter ... All means are good to be closer to his idol. There are even those who do not hesitate to make a trip to go and meet the stars.

Films, interviews, gossip and Bollywood stars. The fans many want to know everything about their favourite’s actors and actresses. The Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), through its new digital channels, broadcasts daily series and many Indian films. 

Bollywood fans do not miss anything to satisfy their need to know everything about their favorite stars. Everything is on the digital channels: new movie releases, movies in expectations or plans of actors and actresses. No need to buy a parable to know any gossip. 

The Bollywood Craze has gained momentum with the new channels of the MBC. Local fans now have no new ways to approach the Bollywood stars they worship. Follow the more traditional methods of yesteryear: collect photos, newspaper clippings or autographs. Others prefer to connect on Facebook or Twitter to be the first to know about everything and nothing. Finally, there are those who can afford to make the trip to go and meet their favourite star. We have the example of the Prime Minister who, on his last trip to India, took the opportunity to meet Imran Khan. 

The fascination of Mauritians for Bollywood is visible, palpable, at concerts held in Mauritius, including that of Adnan Sami . The crowd that went there demonstrates the impact of Bollywood on the spirits. The death of stars Bollywood evokes sympathy Mauritians. Can be cited the example of the death of Shammi Kapoor or Devanand. The national television channel fit to broadcast the film of the dead in their honour.

Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, among others, often come to shoot in Mauritius or vacation. Sly Bhunjun is one of those who worked with Bollywood stars. He has arranged for the filming of movies.

"I work with many Indian artists. Mauritians love to watch their films. When actors and actresses arrive, there is always a large number of fans who welcome them at the airport during filming. They take pictures with them not to mention autographs, "says Sly Bhunjun.   

Passion for the stars

"The Mauritians will not cease to love Bollywood movies and television. The arrival of Hrithik Roshan had attracted a large number of fans while shooting. I was surprised to see so many women present during filming, "admits Sly Bhunjun. "I have witnessed many moments between fans and their idol. 

Mauritians have a passion for movies of the Great Peninsula who are dreaming. The films in Hindi will not lose their charm with Mauritians who appreciate both the actors and actresses, singers as well. The last concert of Adnan Sami in Mauritius is proof of this craze for singers. There was a big crowd in the auditorium J & J in Phoenix the night of the concert. 

Rajen Sobrun, contributor to Challenge Media Group for the Bollywood category, known trends Mauritians compared to actors. He says: "The world of Bollywood has become an integral part of our daily lives. It influences, to a large extent, several generations of Mauritians - including Asian. Imagine, then, briefly, a Hindu or Muslim wedding without music and songs of Bollywood!

Cinema influences us so much that it affects the way we dress, where we live and eat with.I know many people who speak Hindi or Hindustani without attending school. They simply learned the language through the cinema. In addition to its primary mission of entertaining, the Bollywood film is a vehicle to propagate Hindu culture. Several religious festivals, formerly unknown, are now celebrated with pomp. " 

Loss of values 

"However, over the years, the same film gradually destroys values. Producers of the Great Peninsula turning more oriented films to the international market. Result: these films lose their "Indianness," says our interlocutor. 

This explains why big-budget movies are shunned."Dabanng" smashed records at the box office because of his "Indianness". Moviegoers identify with the characters in the film. But with the arrival of Sunny Leone, International Queen of porn starlets of sulfur, Veena Malik, Poonam Pandey and others, I am worried about the future. Already, the songs become increasingly commonplace and are without melody and poetry. Talking about his favorite actors, Rajen Sobrun confesses his admiration for Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Amir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. 

"Each of them has stood out from others. A good film is one that contains fine words, beautiful songs while entertaining the audience. No fear for the future of Bollywood cinema in Mauritius: Mauritians will always appreciate the films. However, the price of movie tickets are hardly prohibitive for affordable Mauritian families ... " 

Rajen Suntoo argues that "the Bollywood film is a vector of Indian culture. We can see, appreciate the culture of India through these films. Bollywood has a definite effect on the Mauritians who tend to imitate the artists films. The influence of films on Mauritians can especially be seen in the dress code. Once a mode is displayed in a movie, young people adopt it. Whether it's the kind of pants, hair cut or style of a sari. 

Television series are the same effect on members of the public who tend to imitate the protagonists of the series. Not always for the good cause, alas. "The Bollywood craze is far from ended. Instead, it will grow over time. Bollywood drives people to change their social habits. It is the favourite leisure of Mauritians, "says our interlocutor. The films make us dream and make us travel in the country. We know that movies are fiction. Despite this, we want to believe they are true because they help us relax and forget our lives plagued by everyday stress.

Bollywood is an integral part of life of Mauritians. Over time, these films have become indispensable in their habits, even if viewers do not always understand the language.  

Feroz Sumtallee, program host on Radio CINÉPLUS More: "Bollywood is always present in the life of Mauritians" 

> What is the real impact of Bollywood on Mauritians? 

Mauritians enjoy Bollywood songs, as the Indian film songs or albums of singers. Mauritians have a certain admiration for the actors and actresses. Stars favourite this year Shah Rukh Khan and Amir Khan. They also like Hrithik Roshan. Indian films are the pastime of many Mauritians, whether young or old. The latter like the films because they give the assurance that, in life, the good always triumphs evil. Films to dream. Young girls often dream of their prince charming as their idol. The films have a moral that helps people cope with the harshness of life. 

 What can you tell us about the audience participation for games on Bollywood during radio broadcasts? 

The audience participation in programs to Radio is a tradition. People who call the correct answer. They do so mainly in order to win a gift. The number of listeners increases over time. It is an encouragement for us columnists. 

> What do you think of Bollywood Craze in Mauritius? 

I think the real "craze" Bollywood has a little faded since the 1970s. People are becoming more educated. They have evolved and there is a less marked preference for Bollywood. This is mainly because people are working and have more time to watch movies. However, if there is a good movie, they will certainly go to the movies because they love Bollywood movies. 

> You who are in contact with the fans, have you met someone you impressed by the reverence she devotes in her idol?

I do not meet people personally. I do know that some are big fans of Bollywood stars. They collect photos, interviews, and posters of the stars they admire. There are even those who express their disagreement with the news they hear on the radio on the actors. This shows us that there are people who feel very concerned by Bollywood. 

> Do you think that over time people grow weary of Bollywood movies, and actors of Indian cinema? Why? 

I do not think people will stop watching Indian films. It may be that the "craze" decreases with time. There may be other entertainment, but the deep attachment that people have for Indian cinema will not be lost. Despite the Internet and a multitude of leisure, people retain a love for Indian films. When there is a good movie on the screen, they rush to the cinema and spend quality time with family. Indian cinema is always present in the life of Mauritians. 

Bollywood is beautiful 

Nandini Luchmanen, 24, talks about her passion for Indian films and actors and actresses. 

"I try to stay close to the facts about Bollywood. I have a Facebook profile and Twitter. Occasionally, I look at the pages of my players and my favorite actresses. I also read newspapers to know everything about movies, actors and everything to do Bollywood. I love listening to Indian music, but I'm not an addict Bollywood. This is just a hobby, "she advance. 

Lucien Pierre, 20, is a fan of Bollywood. 

It is a very big fan of Indian films. From an early age, he is a fan of Shah Rukh Khan. "There is no better actor than Shah Rukh Khan. His films are incomparable. " He says that during his vacation, he went to his grandmother, who loves Indian films. It is from there that he began to appreciate these films. It is a great collector of posters of Shah Rukh Khan. 

He buys newspapers and magazines and carefully cut the articles about his favourite actor. Then he sticks the posters on the pages they fall into a workbook. "My passion for movies helps me in life. Indian films are helping to promote values that are lost today. Values such as love that children bring to their parents. Respect for grown-ups, among others, "said Lucien. 

Wendy Li, 29, is a fan of Indian films. 

She has no favourite actors or actresses, but she just likes to watch these movies. "I think the Indians make interesting films. Whether they love films or those related to the theme of the family. I like the Indian tradition and that is why I watch these movies, "says our interlocutor. 

These films, she said, show us the reality hidden in our daily lives. Watching movies is his hobby. She concluded that she will continue to see Indian films soon. The films that marked are: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which treats the theme of friendship, Kabhi Gham Kabhi Khushi speaking family. She especially likes the movies that help to promote values. 

Chummun n Reena, 40, is a fan of old Indian films.

For her, nothing can replace the films of yesteryear. As she puts it: "Old is gold." She does not like remakes of movies like the new film "Karz" among others. "We can in no way compare the films of yesteryear with their new version. Even the songs are not as beautiful as the old, "she said. She spends her time listening to the songs of Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan ...

 

 

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