First published on Ampersand on October 2, 2018.

If you live in urban America, you’ve probably heard of Bollywood. You’ve either seen a poster for the latest Bollywood blockbuster at your local multiplex theatre, or watched Bollywood week on So You Think You Can Dance, or heard a co-worker rave about their new Bollywood workout class.

But what exactly is Bollywood?

In this audio story, Devika Girish demystifies everything you need to know about India’s most popular film industry: its name, its history, and the “secret sauce” that makes it special. Featuring Dr. Priya Jaikumar, Associate Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Image CourtesyYash Raj Films Entertainment.