I recently saw the 1944 Hollywood musical film Cover Girl staring Rita Hayworth. I was shocked by how similar it was to a typical Bollywood movie;
The plot was very simple; it went like this:
- The lead actress has a good but ambiguous relationship with the lead actor.
- Circumstances lead to their separation
- Their love, and well placed priorities, allow their reunification
- Happily ever after
And every few minutes, there was stunning dancing and singing. When the movie was done, I really felt like I had just watch a fantastic Bollywood movie. The question:
Did Cover Girl, or similar American films influence Indian Cinema, or were American films like this one influenced from elsewhere? When and how did this happen? Is there an old movie that was more influential than the rest in this regard?