#32 - Bollywood Fans

Episode 8 June 09, 2017 00:51:13
#32 - Bollywood Fans
Fanthropological
#32 - Bollywood Fans
/

Show Notes

## Episode outline ### [Last Time's](http://fanthropological.com/e/31-lord-of-the-rings-fans/) Famous Last Words **Z**: In *The Simpsons*, when Apu lives with the Simpsons temporarily, they watch a Bollywood movie together. That movie now exists. **G**: Are western fans of Bollywood also interested in Indian culture in general? **T**: What is the most ridiculous Bollywood film that exists? ### Fandom Facts **Origins:** "Bollywood" movies, more formally referred to as "Hindi cinema", are films produced as part of the larger Indian film industry. It is one of the largest film producers in India representing 43% of net box office revenue (Tamil and Teluga cinema represent 36%). It is one of the largest centres of film production in the world, and one of the biggest film industries in the world in terms of films produced and people employed. The first silent films made in India started around the beginning of the 20th century, and by the 1930s the industry was producing about 200 films per year. **Names:** Hindi cinema fans, Bollywood fans, **Most Active:** Probably the present day; [Google trends](https://trends.google.ca/trends/explore?date=all&q=bollywood) data shows a slow but gradual increase from 2005 to now with the most interest being in spikes from last year and early this year. **Size of Fandom:** In 2012, over [2.6 billion tickets were sold to Bollywood films](https://blogs-images.forbes.com/niallmccarthy/files/2014/09/Bollywood_2.jpg), compared to 1.3 billion in the United States and almost 0.5 billion in China during the same period. [Another source](https://www.quora.com/How-big-is-the-Bollywood-movie-market) cites 4 billion tickets (Bollywood) vs 3 billion tickets (United States), but still, that's a huge upper bound. **Around the world:** There are definitely fans of Bollywood films outside of India, and outside of just Indian ex-patriots. Bollywood films are known from Egypt to Pakistan, Russia (In Soviet Russia, Indian movies were fairly common due to an Indo-Russian deal and also the fact that Hollywood was quite restricted back then), Ukraine, Poland, China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, USA, Canada. They are *less* known in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Oceania. > “About 95 per cent of these are women,” Wessel says. “They’re drawn to the movies because German culture can be quite cold, especially for men. In actors like Shah Rukh, they see a guy who is soft, romantic, not afraid to cry or show his emotional side.” > > — [Hindustan Times - Take a tour to see how Indian cinema has found foreign fans](http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/take-a-tour-to-see-how-our-cinema-has-found-foreign-fans/story-jfw58eD577xfA3Z8Tm2azJ.html) **Fast facts:** > In the 1970s, India cinema overtook America as the world's largest film producer and the term 'Bollywood' was coined. > > — [Leicester Mercury - Bollywood: 17 interesting facts about Indian cinema](http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/bollywood-17-interesting-facts-indian-cinema/story-26360213-detail/story.html#OHWXA1KGM801ItMY.99) > A vast majority of Hindi films are still dubbed using synch-sound equipment. The reason for this is, most people have not invested in sound-proofing their studios. Given the camera noise, it is much more effective to have the actors dub in their voices later. Of course, this often ends up compromising on the quality of the films. > > — [MensXP - 10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT: BOLLYWOOD](http://www.mensxp.com/entertainment/top-10s/10932-10-things-you-never-knew-about-bollywood.html) ### Are you in, or out? **T is in.** - T will watch a Bollywood movie at some point **Z is in.** **G is in.** - Looking forward to some Shah Rukh Khan ### This week's spotlight **[Arts for India](artsforindia.org)** A charity organization looking to support underprivileged youth artists in India! > While several philanthropic organizations are working towards education for poor Indian children, most of them are focused on providing basic school level education. Arts for India takes these initiatives further in supporting needy Indian students at the next level life-changing higher education at the college level. > > — [Arts for India](http://www.artsforindia.org/) **[The Race Against Time](http://raceagainsttime.io)** Now in its third year of running, the Race Against Time is the Nickscast's annual charity livestream where we work our way though Chrono Trigger, obtaining all its endings, and also raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Last year we raised over $1200 CAD, and have plans to surpass that! This year, the event will be held August 12 through to August 13, starting at 10am ET. You can also subscribe on [Twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime](https://www.twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime) in anticipation of the event! ### Famous Last Words This week's famous last words around *next week's* fandom, Cinephiles! Because of a hiccup in the recording schedule, these famous last words are unchanged from our [Cyberpunks episode](http://fanthropological.com/e/30-cyberpunks/): **Z** Is there a movie marathon, cited as a cinephile’s paradise, where people are encouraged to bring in multiple-course meals? **G** Is it important for cinephiles to see movies in the theatre? **T** Are cinephiles really a fandom? Isn’t that just a pretentious title for people who watch movies? Where is the culture? The shared experience and unique terminology? > I am already eating my words; I’ve already preheated them in the oven. > > — T ## Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: - If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on [Patreon](http://patreon.com/thenickscast); even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! - For all the latest updates, check us out on [Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast) or [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thenickscast) - To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thenickscast) - For our latest convention updates, *Let's Plays*, and other in-real-life video, [check out our YouTube channel](http://youtube.com/thenickscast) - We're also on [iTunes](https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/fanthropological/id1163621210), and [Google Play](https://play.google.com/music/m/Icmngxz7yhaoivdvivvf6q6c2pu?t=Fanthropological), and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! - if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) - You can check out [our website](http://thenickscast.com); that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. - Everything is `thenickscast`, so if you can't find us, go on your social network and search for that! - ... You're still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag `#fanthro` on Twitter! ## What is "Fanthropological"? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan's-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. ## Who is "The Nickscast"? *We* are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek ... who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. *Ahem* We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It's what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren't "those Weird-o's", but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. *Because everyone's a fan.* ## Credits ### Sources - [Wikipedia - Bollywood](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood) - [Quora - What is the reputation of Bollywood outside India?](https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-reputation-of-Bollywood-outside-India) - [Quora - Which countries watch bollywood movies besides India?](https://www.quora.com/Which-countries-watch-bollywood-movies-besides-India) - [Forbes - Indian Film Industry](https://blogs-images.forbes.com/niallmccarthy/files/2014/09/Bollywood_2.jpg) - [Quora - How big is the Bollywood movie market?](https://www.quora.com/How-big-is-the-Bollywood-movie-market) - [YouTube - Simpsons Indian Movie Scene](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcPrNC4AivE) - [YouTube - Why Do Russians Like Bollywood](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG3dSFnjKBk) - [YouTube - What Foreigners Think of Bollywood Films and Indian Actresses](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RowOmufQ54Q) - [YouTube - What Americans Think of Bollywood](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nMuGtNlDTs) - [SAMAR - Bollywood Comes to Nigeria](https://web.archive.org/web/20100731164710/http://www.samarmagazine.org/archive/article.php?id=21) - [Reddit - Bollywood Realism](https://www.reddit.com/r/BollywoodRealism/) - [Reddit - Bollywood](https://www.reddit.com/r/bollywood/) - [India Forums - Does IF Appeal More to Females, Males, or Both?](http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=3960063) - [Buzzfeed - Why Bollywood Songs Mean So Much To Indians Outside Of India](https://www.buzzfeed.com/rumniquenannar/jaise-shayar-ka-khwab?utm_term=.wodzWKXnW#.mtdvkLEXk) - [MensXP - 10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT: BOLLYWOOD](http://www.mensxp.com/entertainment/top-10s/10932-10-things-you-never-knew-about-bollywood.html) - [Hindustan Times - Take a tour to see how Indian cinema has found foreign fans](http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/take-a-tour-to-see-how-our-cinema-has-found-foreign-fans/story-jfw58eD577xfA3Z8Tm2azJ.html) - [Leicester Mercury - Bollywood: 17 interesting facts about Indian cinema](http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/bollywood-17-interesting-facts-indian-cinema/story-26360213-detail/story.html#OHWXA1KGM801ItMY.99) ### Music / Sound - All music and sound for this week's episode were provided by Nick Green! ### Artwork - [Glasses](https://thenounproject.com/term/glasses/132894) by [Anton Anuchin](https://thenounproject.com/antonwebium) used under [CC BY 3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/) - [India](https://thenounproject.com/term/india/302731) by [anbileru adaleru](https://thenounproject.com/pronoun) used under [CC BY 3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/) - [Projector](https://thenounproject.com/term/projector/919393) by [Federico Panzano](https://thenounproject.com/panzano) used under [CC BY 3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/)

Other Episodes

Episode 1

July 13, 2018 01:57:27
Episode Cover

Light Novels - Reborn as Podcasters, Now We Interview Really Cool Guests!

Oh no! We've been transported to another world where podcasters fight in some sort of Battle Royale (and also Z has been turned into a washing machine)?! This week, we're talking about the fascinating fandom that is Light Novel fans, with special guest, [Justus R. Stone](justusrstone.com)! Next week, we'll be going to another other world... in ... space? Talking about... Galaga?! ## Where can I learn more about Justus R. Stone? [Justus R. Stone](justusrstone.com) is the author of the apocalyptic fiction series, The Bleeding Worlds, and has a podcast ([Light Novel Podcast](lightnovelpodcast.com)) and [YouTube channel](http://youtube.com/justusrstone) dedicated to light novels. You can also find him on Twitter ([@justusrstone](http://twitter.com/justusrstone)), Instagram ([@justusrstone](http://instagram.com/justusrstone)) and Facebook (... [@justusrstone](http://facebook.com/justusrstone)). ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** Light Novels are short (approximately 50 000 words), Japanese novels primarily targeted at high- and middle-school students which are often accompanied by manga- or anime-style illustrations. The "light" in the name actually comes from the lack of hard-to-read kanji (ideographic characters in Japanese). Light novels are sort of the evolution of pulp novels and magazines in Japan: Somewhere in the 1970s, many pulp magazines had started to move away from classic-style covers towards more anime and manga style covers and including illustrations at the beginning of stories. In the 1980s, novels like _The Heroic Legend of Arslan_ and _Record of Lodoss War_ took a hold of audience, as did _Slayers_ and the _Boogiepop_ series in the 1990s (note that many of these were turned into anime). Interest in light novels really took off in the mid-2000s with the success of the _Haruhi Suzumiya_ series. **Search Data:** By Google Trends search volume, [Light Novels have become much, much more popular since 2004](https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=%2Fm%2F06b_0_) and are arguably the most popular ...

Listen

Episode 9

December 29, 2017 01:14:05
Episode Cover

#57 - Legend of Zelda Fans

*\*various grunting / shouting sounds\** That's right, this week, we're talking about fans of that long-running much beloved Nintendo series: *The Legend of Zelda*! Why are fans so fixated on the timeline, and what is it exactly that reels in fans both new and old? All that and more with this week's special guest, Andy Spiteri of [Zelda Informer](http://www.zeldainformer.com) / [Zelda Dungeon](https://www.zeldadungeon.net)! ...And that's it for this season! We'll be taking a brief holiday break and come back in the new year with all new, exciting episodes about fans and fandoms you've probably never even heard of! Thanks for listening and stay tuned! ## Where can I learn more about Andy? You can learn more about Andy Spiteri through his work at [Zelda Informer](http://www.zeldainformer.com) / [Zelda Dungeon](https://www.zeldadungeon.net)! ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **Origins:** > The Legend of Zelda is a high-fantasy action-adventure video game series created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. It is primarily developed and published by Nintendo, although some portable installments have been outsourced to Capcom, Vanpool and Grezzo. The series' gameplay incorporates elements of action, adventure and puzzle-solving games. > The series centers on Link, the playable character and chief protagonist. Link is often given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and the kingdom of Hyrule from Ganon, who is the principal antagonist of the series; however, other settings and antagonists have appeared in several titles. The games' plots commonly involve a relic known as the Triforce, a set of three omnipotent golden triangles. The protagonist in each game is usually not the same incarnation of Link, but a few exceptions exist. > Since the original The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986, the series has expanded to include ...

Listen

Episode 9

June 15, 2018 00:58:10
Episode Cover

Disney Theme Parks - Wonderland Wonderpanned

[// Pregenerate link to episode ahead of time: - clicktotweet.com- sharelinkgenerator.com]: # This week, special guest Tyler "Spooky" Mann joins us a special guest friend to dig into the surprisingly large and _obviously_ magical world of Disney... theme parks! How many hidden Mickeys can you find? Plus, this episode was so long that we broke it into two parts! Be prepared for the second half! ## Where can I learn more about Tyler? Tyler happens to run his own podcast, [Ride Rehab](http://riderehab.com), where he and his co-hosts put themselves in the role of Disney imagineers (i.e. the folks that make rides) and figure out how they would update different attractions at Disney! You can find lots of details about that via [Twitter](http://twitter.com/riderehab) or [Instagram](http://instagram.com/riderehab) both @RideRehab. And, if you haven't got enough of Tyler, you can check out his personal art (as he _is_ a comic artist and illustrator): [tylermannart.com](http://tylermannart.com) or [@TylerMannArt](https://twitter.com/TylerMannArt) on Twitter. ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** > Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, officially Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and informally known as Disney Parks, was one of The Walt Disney Company's four major business segments and a subsidiary. The company was responsible for the conception, building, and managing of Disney theme parks and vacation resorts, as well as a variety of family-oriented leisure enterprises. It was founded in 1971, following the opening of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. > > — [Wikipedia - Walt Disney Parks and Resorts](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_Parks_and_Resorts) [// 11 theme parks]: # **Search Data:** Interest in Walt Disney theme parks [hasn't changed much since 2004](https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=%2Fm%2F09b1k,%2Fm%2F02fzs,%2Fm%2F04tkqm); though interest in Walt Disney World is about half the interest as in 2004, Disneyland is about the same as it was. Search data ...

Listen