chapter  9
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The Beauty Myth and Beyond: Looking at the Bollywood ‘Item Number’: Priyanka Basu

What a skilfully summed up symbolic representation of the ‘Illyria’ of the Indian subcontinent — ‘Bombay’ or Mumbai or, to make it more explicit, ‘Bollywood’. A place where dreams are made and sold, where images are distorted by mirrors

with distortions and a place where dreamers are gulled to confusion. Bollywood becomes the Shakespearean Illyria — an appropriate Twelfth Night setting that allows one to aspire towards what one is not and reminds the audience of ‘what you will’ and ‘what you will not’.