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Bollywood, Sangola, India, 2004

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"Under a tattered tent in Sangola, an all-male audience—common in rural areas—watches intently. Big-city viewers are livelier, says film scholar Manjunath Pendakur. "They cheer, boo, get into fights, even get on stage and dance." Part of the appeal: Devoid of overt sex, Bollywood films exude a subtle eroticism, especially in 'wet sari' scenes."

—Text and photograph from "Welcome to Bollywood," February 2005, National Geographic magazine

Photograph by William Albert Allard

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