The Rough Guide to Bollywood

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: World Music Network
WORKS: The Rough Guide to Bollywood
PERFORMER: Various artists
CATALOGUE NO: RGNET 1074CD

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The ultimate haven of musical impurity, Mumbai’s film industry, has spawned a ROUGH GUIDE with a difference: the selection is heavily skewed to the Seventies and to the tastes of the gay crowd that goes to the compiler’s London clubs. No harm in that, even if it’s like making a ‘Rough Guide to European Pop’ that centred on Abba.

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While Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar dominate, there are other classic tracks and a handful of well-picked contemporary tunes, notably the melting title song from one of Bollywood’s biggest international screen successes, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.