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Q&A with Matt Houlihan: A Brit Reacts To Bollywood

Wednesday 7 April 2021, by Abla Kandalaft

We caught up with actor Matt Houlihan to discuss his lockdown venture: the very successful YouTube "reaction" series A Brit Reacts To Bollywood. Matt, who was still working right up until last year’s first lockdown - playing Uncle Vanya on stage - talks about his discovery and growing love of Bollywood and Indian cinema, his foray into reaction videos and the impact on the pandemic on his work.

Matt’s top film pick for the week is White Tiger, on Netflix, about modern India and particularly the class stricken system there. "An excellently written and performed film!"

And here are a few Bollywood recommendations for those of you keen to find out mre:

"This is a killer performance by Madhuri Dixit in Devdas. There’s the stunningly catchy and visually striking 90’s banger -‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’. Camp and crazy, I love this one with Helen. There’s also this great upbeat tune and 80’s vibe, regressive gender stereotypes: ‘Jumma Chumma De De’ and a classic: Disco Futurist Hindu Cosmology ‘Om Shanti Om’ "

One for the road, here’s Matt’s reaction to Devdas!

You can subscribe to Matt’s YouTube channel and follow him on Twitter.

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