Cast member David Arquette poses at a screening of "Sold" on the opening night of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Bollywood films often capture the color and beauty of Indian culture through high-profile stars and big-budget blockbusters, but a group of filmmakers is attempting to show a different side of India's people through smaller, independent fare.The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, commencing on Tuesday, is bringing the movies made outside of the Bollywood studio system to Hollywood. The six-day event will showcase 33 feature films, documentaries and short films from filmmakers across nine countries, all exploring Indian stories.The new wave of Indian cinema could be pinpointed to the success of British director Danny Boyle's 2008 film "Slumdog Millionaire," Brown said. The film won eight Oscars including best picture, and made $377 million at the worldwide box office.The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles aims to be "the Sundance of Indian cinema" according to festival director Jasmine Jaisinghani, with films that contrast Bollywood's often glamorized escapism with vivid realism.
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