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Expanding Bollywood in Korea like never before
Expanding Bollywood in Korea like never before
  • By Ms. Swarnim (수아)|WalkintoKorea
  • 승인 2023.01.09 19:28
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A celebration of Indian film and entertainment culture held in Seoul was of great success and helped enrich the diversity of cultures in South Korea


On the 7th January, Seoul Events, headed by Swarnim Singh, put Bollywood & Indian cinema back in the spotlight with a "Bollywood Theme Party" in Seoul. As much as Indian food is famous all over the world, the Indian film industry is gaining equal attention abroad.

Bollywood, which is the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, India, has a large global following and is popular in many countries around the world. A Bollywood theme party is a party that is inspired by the culture, music, and films of India's Bollywood film industry. During the event, famous Bollywood and other regional songs were played and people were served delicious Indian food and tea. Meanwhile, Chaitra, a volunteer at Seoul Events explained to the foreigners how to eat “Pani Puri” the famous Indian street food. There were mixed reactions, some found the spicy sauce delicious while others found the sweet sauce delicious.


Most of the guests turned out in traditional Indian attire or in costumes inspired by their favorite Bollywood movie or character. It was fun to see people dressed up as John Abraham, Katrina Kaif from Sheila ki Jawani, Rani Mukherjee (Tina) from Kuch Kuch Hota hai, Deepika Padukone from Tamasha, Shanaya from Student of the Year, Salman Khan from Dabang, etc.


“Since my early childhood, I have been watching Bollywood movies. I am a big fan. I am very interested in Indian culture because of Bollywood movies. My dream is to visit India someday. I heard about the Indian Film Theme Party from my friend. Since attending a Bollywood party has always been one of the dreams of my life, I signed up for the event and looked forward to it. I was very excited! I loved the food that was served at the party. The pani puri and biryani reminded me of the movie “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”, where the main characters, Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, ate together. I got a chance to sing Arijit Singh’s “Channa Mereya” in front of Bollywood fans, which was totally another level. Everyone there knew the song and sang along with me. From my friends and acquaintances, I have only a few people who watch Bollywood movies. So they can’t share my emotions. But at the party, I was sharing the Bollywood vibe with many other people. I felt understood. Dancing and singing our hearts out - what an awesome experience! All of us were following the songs’ lyrics and dance steps. I enjoyed it so much! Thanks to the organizers of the event. I am looking forward to many more Bollywood parties in the future ” said Guliza from Kyrgyzstan.


The event was a grand success with around 65 people attending it. “It was a hell of a night. Thanks to @Swarnim (Organizer) for organizing this beautiful event where I felt at home” said Zahid from Pakistan who is a famous TV Personality in Korea and who also sang Kailash Kher’s “Teri Deewani” making the entire area enchanted by his captivating voice. The best part about the event was that there were more performances by foreigners who are huge Bollywood fans and support Indian culture equally.


“I don’t know any Bollywood music but Bollywood is really popular in our country. We have a special channel on our TV called MBC Bollywood” said Eslam Abdo from Egypt.

“Such a great event and we spent such a wonderful time with you guys” mentioned Dipu from Bangladesh who wowed the crowd with his dancing moves to Ghungroo from War.

Chewy Thomson, from Canada, seized the chance to capture the beautiful moments while DJ Sanish had the crowd dancing till the end of the event.

At last, Seoul Events appreciates GME for sponsoring the event and helping in lowering per-head expenses, and also thanks Hello India restaurant for offering them the chance to host a meaningful event in Seoul for the Indian diaspora and other foreigners. 

See a video of the event here: (Instagram: @lucknowi_nawab_in_korea)

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