The BBC is heading to Bollywood with a two-part documentary exploring the world’s largest film industry. Strictly Come Dancing star Anita Rani is to present Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film Industry for the British public broadcaster.
The film will at the world of Indian cinema, which is the world’s largest film industry in terms of film production with an annual output of around 2,000 films per year. She will meet a number of big-screen idols and discovers how an industry based on centuries old traditions is racing to keep up with the changing tastes of one of the youngest countries on earth.
It will discover how Bollywood sells an estimated 3.6B tickets annually across the globe and Rani will meet a new generation of westerners drawn to India by the sheer volume of films made there each year. She’ll discover the rich history and traditions behind the dance numbers, reveal the secrets behind creating the biggest action scenes and see how modern Bollywood is using its power to challenge and change Indian society.
The film is produced by Raw Television, the All3Media-backed production company behind series including Discovery’s Gold Rush and drama Harley and the Davidsons, as well as recent Sundance hits such as American Animals and Three Identical Strangers.
Airing on BBC Two in August, the doc was ordered by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual Tom McDonald. It is exec produced by Raw’s Dominique Walker and series produced by Chris Parkin. The film is one of a number of Asian-themed series launching as part of the BBC’s The Big British Asian Summer strand.
Fozia Khan, Channel Commissioner, BBC Two, says: “We are delighted that BBC Two will be at the heart of the Big British Asian Summer. The season is a brilliant way for BBC Two to champion the unique creativity that emerges from the coming together of cultures, as well as showcasing new talent and tackling big important questions about identity and belonging from different perspectives.”