M8 FOR THE LOVE OF CINEMA
discusses his love for
Indian masala films
and his book
with fellow film lover
odd Stadtman is a San Francisco-based
writer who loves popular genre films from different countries and different decades. He chanced upon one
Bollywood film and that led him to a search, making him a
huge fan of the 1970s Bollywood action films.
In his recently published book Funky Bollywood: The
Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema: A Selective
Guide, Stadtman takes his readers on a crazy journey of
masala film of the 1970s — works like Don, Deewar, Chor
Machaye Shor, Sholay, Dharmatma, Hera Pheri and many
The book is a carefully researched guide with production
details, synopsis and review of each of the films, along with
many colorful images that bring the films alive.
While his original intent may have been to write a book as
an introduction to Bollywood genre films for the western
readers, the book will definitely resonate with Indians who
were kids or teenagers when these films were released.
Stadtman spoke to India Abroad about his delightful book
and why he has such a strong passion for these actions films
from the 1970s.
TBombay to Goa
Amar Akbar Anthony