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In June 2007, Yorkshire hosted the International Indian Film Awards. In response, the museum staged an exhibition that brought to life the drama, scale and flavour of Indian cinema.

Co-curated by Dr Rajinder Dudrah, Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at Manchester University, Celebrating Indian Cinema brought together objects from the museum’s own collection with material from collections in India and from local communities to celebrate the distinctive style and content of all that is Bollywood.

The world’s most prolific film industry, Indian cinema has become a global phenomenon; this exhibition gave an insight into its success through key films, themes, actors and characters. The exhibition featured Bollywood photographs, posters and promotional material from the late 1940s onwards, alongside objects from the museum’s cinematography collection, Bollywood clips and a locally produced community film.

This exhibition was organised in association with the International Indian Film Academy and supported by Bradford District Council.