Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music composed for the Indian popular film industry, using traditional and modern instruments, with melodies and vocal styles derived from Indian folk and classical music.

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  • n. Music written especially for Bollywood films.

Etymologies

From Hindi filmī, cinematographic, from film, film, from English film.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • With respect to film, I mentioned that Surender Mohan Pathak's "The Sixty-Five Lakh Heist"has a character use "filmi" as an unflattering term for "garish, artificial."

    Indian crime and proto-crime

  • [I can tell is was Indian because a bunch of "filmi" actors and actresses were there, and plus, they were wearing turbans, not the other hats.]

    writerchic88 Diary Entry

  • In keeping with the "filmi" twist to classroom teaching, the Modern Academy of Continuing Education (MACE), under the aegis of Modern High School, organised a seminar on acting, psychology and education conducted by veteran actor Mohan Agashe in the city recently.

    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Frontpage

  • The Ealing Institute of Media set up by veteran Indian actor Anupam Kher welcomed its first batch of proteges, most of whom are giving up lucrative careers in law and finance to pursue their 'filmi' dreams.

    Screen News

  • The turnaround may sound "filmi" as it was the same outfit which had launched an agitation against Bachchan, targeting him for "being more loyal to Uttar Pradesh than Maharashtra."

    Top Headlines

  • The video is of the song "Mast Kalander" from the movie "Heyy Baby" which seems to be the filmi version of "Three Men and a Baby".

    Michal Shapiro: Dance Like an Indian: Red Baraat Live (VIDEO)

  • Throughout the night many other players in Bollywood's filmi firmament took to the stage to receive their awards, while many in the audience struggled to sit through the incredibly long show.

    Marissa Bronfman: IIFA Awards 2011: A Memorable Affair

  • There is a strong distinction between devotional qawwali, and the mainstream-oriented filmi version, which you can hear on the dramatic but amazing contribution by Lata Mangeshkar on 1960's "Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Azmakar" which you can watch below.

    Derek Beres: Global Beat Fusion: Philip Glass to Cinematic Sufis

  • SeosedDavid Morley (kes andmebaasides miskipärast David Morlet) on teinud ka täispika filmi «Mutants» (2009), mis põhineb samal ulmelisel eeldusel.

    Morsure (2007)

  • Osa rahvast meie seast läks ühte filmi vaatama ning mingil hetkel hakkasid nad fuajeesse tagasi imbuma.

    Esimene päev HÕFF-il

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  • having to do with Bollywood films (e.g. filmi songs, filmi fashion, "that's so filmi"). It's quaint to me!

    April 28, 2009