Mumbai -- a city that stirs the senses with its riot of sound and colour. It's home to 20 million people and also the world's largest film industry -- Bollywood. Every day, 10 million Indians escape the routine of their daily lives to spend three hours immersed in the world of song, dance and romance. So what is the formula and why does it work? What gives a Mumbai movie its magic? Icon goes to meet the King of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and legendary choreographer, Farah Khan, to find out.
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has told CNN that Indian cinema needs to move beyond traditional song-and-dance musicals amid increasing international competition in the Mumbai studios' domestic market.
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In the U.S., the film "Slumdog Millionaire" barely escaped going straight to video before it caught the eye of moviegoers and critics alike, becoming a sleeper hit and best picture nominee. It's viewed by many observers as the film to beat at the 81st annual Academy Awards.
Hailed as India's greatest actor, he's the legendary star of Sholay and leader of the mighty Bachchan clan. CNN talked to Amitabh Bachchan, the De Niro of Bollywood, at an International Indian Film Academy event in London...