It’s Friday night, and on the bustling streets of Mumbai, a girl heads out with her family to the cinema. As she rides through the winding blocks with her maa, baba, and bhai, old melodies fill the car. And as she captures the sights and sounds of the city with her camera, she imagines a movie unfolding before her eyes. A choreographed dance sequence atop a long line of cars! When they arrive at the screening, the room is abuzz with people from all walks of life, waiting to lose themselves in the show. And finally comes the best part: time for everyone to jump up and dance! First-time author-illustrator Avani Dwivedi offers a buoyant, whimsically illustrated love letter to Mumbai and Bollywood—and to children everywhere eager to take mastery of their dreams.
My Bollywood Dream
A Bollywood film brings people together—and inspires a little girl’s budding ambition—in a heartfelt and joyful picture book debut from a new talent.
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On the way to the theater in Mumbai to watch a Bollywood film with her family, one little girl imagines different scenes that one day she hopes to make as a filmmaker. The illustrations are whimsical as different scenes from Mumbai are portrayed. The text has many cultural references weaved organically throughout to expose others to the culture. The overall feeling of the book is joyful as the little girl shares her positive encounters within her community as her family goes together to enjoy a movie. This book is a positive representation of the culture and makes me want to share a Bollywood film with my family.