Bollywood 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'

Trishna stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Riz Ahmed (Centurion) and is based on Thomas Hardy's novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." The film is set in contemporary India and tells the tragic love story between the son of a wealthy property developer and the daughter of a rickshaw driver.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom who has previously taken on other adaptations of Thomas Hardy - Jude and The Claim (based on Mayor of Casterbridge).

The film will debut at tiff in Toronto this fall.


  1. This looks interesting. I wonder if they're going for a more tragic twist on Slumdog Millionaire. I would actually be more excited about it if it were an actual Bollywood film and not a UK produced movie set in India. Bollywood tragedies are much more fun to watch than western ones, IMO!

  2. I don't mean to be nitpicky, but as Janeheiress mentioned, this is not a Bollywood film. "Bollywood" is a term that refers to movies made in India (in fact, a lot of Indian actors and filmmakers would tell you that they see the term "Bollywood" as derogatory and would prefer their films are simply labeled "Indian films" or "Hindi films").

    Despite the song-and-dance number at the end, Slumdog Millionaire was not a "Bollywood" movie. Frieda Pinto may be Indian but she's never done a "Bollywood" film. Riz Ahmed is British and also has never done a "Bollywood" film.

  3. I stand corrected! I actually read that term used on a movie blog and didn't read all the details of the film to determine that it wasn't being produced by Bollywood folks. I would have preferred to see a Bollywood "musical" but then again, I have no idea how Tess would be turned into a musical anyway.

  4. And just to make it more delineated, Bollywood only refers to Hindi movies based out of Bombay/Mumbai, it does not refer to all Indian made films. Films made in other Indian languages have other nicknames. There's Lollywood-Punjabi films based out of Lahore, Tollywood-Bengali films based out of Kolkata (the language is Tollygunge, hence the name), Ollywood--Odia language films, and so on. There are about 11 different film industries in India.

  5. @de Pizan
    I never knew there were so many! I had only heard of a couple of those dialects!

  6. Charleybrown, if you want a taste of how tragedy translates into an Indian musical, just watch Devdas (classic Indian tragedy), or Dil Se (a modern "terroromance"), for instance. It's phenomenal how much richer good music makes even a tragic story! In the west we have a tendency to forget the Westside Storys and Fiddler on the Roofs, and think musicals are all roses and butterflies.

  7. @Charleybrown
    It's pretty mind-boggling, but India has at least 415 languages at the lowest count, well over 1500 at the highest (depending on which authorities are talking).



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