It was a "Slumdog Millionaire" kind of year -- we suppose that might be a bit of an understatement, seeing as how the fanciful Danny Boyle film took home the top Oscar for 2008 -- which has had a huge impact on the movie business in India. Much has been written about India's enormous, always robust entertainment industry, and how the number of films being produced, the well-known actors, and the audience can all easily rival or surpass what's done in the United States.
And so that there's the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, a nearly weeklong festival celebrating the industry right here in Tinseltown -- Bollywood in Hollywood, in essence -- makes perfect sense. The festive to-dos are centered around ArcLight Hollywood and the choices are plentiful: take in the marvelous work of Anil Kapoor, who broke big over here as the game show host in "Slumdog"; attend a seminar on the industry (these take place at CAA in Century City); listen to tunes at the Rhythm Village; and grab a seat for a shorts program, a documentary or a more traditional fictional film. The closing night gala on Sunday, April 26 includes dance and food. April 21-26, ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.