Bold, animated and kitsch, the Bollywood Cinema Showcards exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum is worth a visit.

It feels like Bollywood month in Toronto, and the ROM has two beautiful exhibitions and a special Bollywood themed lecture on the menu this June.


Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s

For the art and film lover alike, this collection of vintage cinema showcards and other ads feature dramatic black and white photography, set against painted backdrops, as well as creative collage posters that emote yearning, anger, passion and pain. 

On at the Royal Ontario Museum until October 2, 2011, there are 125 Bollywood film pieces on display for the first time ever in Canada. Try to spot your favourite 50s/60s/70s/80s era actor (we have our eyes out for Dharmendra, who's also in town for IIFA).

Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs

While at the ROM, be sure to check out the stunning exhibition on Indian photography, Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs. Featured in the Herman Herzog Levy Gallery until March 2012, this collection features painted photography from the 1860s to 2000s. 





Event at the ROM: Bollywood, Hollywood and Beyond

Wednesday, June 22 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Royal Ontario Museum

See the global world of cinema through the eyes of filmmakers, actors and industry execs at this special Bollywood/Hollywood themed event at the ROM. Featured panelists include:

Shabana Azmi, celebrated actress (Amar, Akbar, AnthonyMasoomFire) and social activist.

Javed Akhtar, member of mastermind screenplay and scriptwriting duo, Salim Javed, who created epic Bollywood flick, Sholay, and an award-winning poet and scriptwriter.

Kabir Bedi, Indian and Hollywood actor, known for his villainous turn in James Bond movie, Octopussy, and roles on Dynasty (1982-86), One Life To Live (1986), The Bold and the Beautiful (1994-2005), and General Hospital (1983).

Lisa Ray, model and actress (Bollywood/HollywoodWaterCooking with Stella).

Ajay Virmani, producer of WaterBollywood/Hollywood and other films.

For tickets and information, visit the Royal Ontario Museum.