KOLKATA, India — It was the word “shooting” that drew my eye to a handmade wooden sign posted in the Victoria Maidan.
The white-on-black sign appeared to be written in Hindi and English, and the half I could read said, “Shooting (movie) not allowed.”
Traveling from the United States, a society riddled with guns and the interconnected violence, I was glad for the distinction.
What few instances of elaborate Bollywood costuming and choreography I’ve encountered, I have thought to be absolutely delightful, which is why I could not imagine why its production would not be welcome here. But I took note, obliged and moved along.