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THE INDIAN EXPRESS – July 14th, 2014

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An interview by Pallavi Pundir for THE INDIAN EXPRESS
published on July 14th, 2014.

http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/in-the-muddy-pits/

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The Huffington Post – July 3rd, 2014

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“The Accidental Sensuality Of Ancient Indian Wrestling”, an article by Mallika Rao
published in The Huffington Post on July 3rd, 2014.

http://huff.to/1vy8Hi7

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QUEERTY – Ocotber 13th, 2014

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An interview by Graham Gremore for QUEERTY
published on Ocotber 13th, 2014.

http://www.queerty.com/photos-take-a-dip-in-the-ganges-with-these-sensual-half-naked-indian-men-20141012

(Queerty is the #1 gay news and entertainment site in the world with an online magazine and newspaper which has more than 1 million monthly unique visitors.)

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An Interview for TIME OUT DELHI

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Passing through Laurent Goldstein

by Karanjeet Kaur

TIME OUT DELHI

February 17-March 1 2012

Laurent Goldstein trained in arch­i­tecture, and he’s since held down every kind of design job but designing buildings. He started working as a set designer in Paris, but took to designing clothes in the mid-’80s for brands such as Madame Carven, Burberry and Hermès. He took up photography and came to Varanasi in 2005, where he started a household linen line with designer Manish Gupta. Now, Goldstein is in Delhi, bringing together a team of French TV producers for a documentary on Zangoora – The Gypsy Prince at the Kingdom of Dreams. Karanjeet Kaur chatted with him about the influence of Bollywood on French cultural life.

Tell us about your first experience of Zangoora.

It was amazing! I have been to the theatre in America and Lon­don, but I was not prepared for the qua­lity I saw here. I also took away a message from it: that with a will and some hard work, you can achieve anything you like. As soon as I got out, I called my friend [TV producer] Dominique [Cantien] and told her we had to do something with this group. We then decided to produce a documentary to introduce King­dom of Dreams to the French and European market.

But what does a Bollywood musical have to do with France?

The French love Indian masala. We dream about India, and Bollywood is our starting point. Earlier, we only got to watch classical art films from India. All that changed with the Cannes premiere of Devdas in 2002. The film even appealed to the intellectuals – I know people who have watched it 20 times. Two years later,Veer-Zaara premiered in Paris on the same night as a Tom Cruise film: everyone turned up for the Veer-Zaara show. Since then, you hear Bollywood music everywhere – in home insurance and automobile commercials and in our clubs where Bally Sagoo performs so often. We love his songs even if we don’t understand the language; but then, we don’t understand English songs either. I think Bollywood is doing for us what it does for Indians. It is an escape from reality, a dream. And God knows that ever since the recession, we all need to dream.

What shape is the documentary finally taking?

We selected a few characters from the show, including actors Gauhar [Khan] and Husain [Kuwajerwala] and technicians, and we followed them around for two weeks to get a taste of their life. It was a revelation because we were not expecting them to be so humble. In France, the same people would be very difficult to handle. And we learned such interesting facts about people – one of the backup dancers is also a doctor. It is so heartening to see everyone come together from different backgrounds, and they all are like a big family.

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http://www.timeoutdelhi.net/dilligate/Delhilocal_details.asp?code=291&source=2

“BONJOUR BOLLYWOOD” in The Indian Express

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“BONJOUR BOLLYWOOD” – The Indian Express – February 4th 2012

 

by Somya Lakhani

In France, I feel a growing fondness for things Indian. Did you know that the kurta-churidar is the latest trend in Paris? Rudraksha and bangles are popular too. Even designer Karl Lagerfeld presented an India-inspired collection. For the shows I produce, we often use Indian-sounding music and dancers as well. India is the next big country for us, fashion-wise and idea-wise,” says Dominique Cantien, a television producer from Paris.

Cantien and a team of five have dropped anchor in Delhi, to make a film on the musical, Zangoora, which is performed daily at entertainment park, Kingdom of Dreams (KoD), in Gurgaon. Through this film, the team hopes to tell a story of India.

In KoD, where old Bollywood movie posters flutter on a wall, a group of Rajasthani singers play the morchang and khartal and a train coach-turned-eatery sells pao bhaji, the three Parisians sit around a table, fascinated.Cantien, Laurent Goldstein, David Pierre-Bloch along with French actor Stephane Ferrara, who is touring with the group, are here to shoot an 80-minute-long documentary and a show series on Zangoora and the making of KoD for French channel NRJ 12.

Cantien, Pierre-Bloch and Goldstein are producers of this seven episode-show and the documentary.

While theatre purists have often scoffed at Zangoora’s over-the-top depictions, the musical attracts a sizeable audience at every show. Its fans describe the play as “Bollywood Live”, especially since some actors are from the film fraternity — Hussain Kuwajerwala and Gauhar Khan among them. Kuwajerwala plays Zangoora, a gypsy prince, in this fantasy set in the fictional kingdom of Shaktishila. A love triangle between Zangoora, princess Sonali and a gypsy girl Laachi spices up the storyline.

“I watched Zangoora last year and informed David about it. In France, Bollywood is very popular, we watch the movies and know the songs, though we don’t remember names. Making a documentary on a Bollywood musical sums up this fascination,” says Goldstein, who divides his time between Delhi and Paris. The documentary has tentatively been titled In the heart of Kingdom of Dreams and is expected to release in France next month. There are no plans to release it in India at present.

The film will comprise not only scenes from the play but also the off-stage lives of dancers, stars, producers and backstage help. “We have picked up 10 people involved in Zangoora such as Gauhar Khan and Hussain as well as dancers and backstage technicians. We follow them as they create this musical and highlight who they are when they are not performing in this fantasy tale,” said Pierre-Bloch. What do they find special about Bollywood? Pat comes the reply “dance, drama, music and costumes”.

For their show of Zangoora, Cantien flaunted a neon green bag with a Meena Kumari image, and Goldstein wore a green stole with a madhubani imprint. Cantien adds that she hopes a show on a Bollywood musical will “revive the dull French television industry and tell people to dream”.

A scene from Zangoora; (above, from left) Stephane Ferrara, Manish Gupta (the team’s Indian contact), David Pierre-Bloch, Laurent Goldstein and Dominique Cantien

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http://www.screenindia.com/news/bonjour-bollywood/913005/

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bonjour-bollywood/907763/2