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Bollywood In India

Mumbai, the City of Dreams, houses the prime centre of Hindi Film Industry, better known as Bollywood. Acclaimed as one of the biggest film industries of the world, Bollywood produces over 1000 films every year. Since 1913, Indian Cinema has made a long journey from simple silent movies to sound films, then colored films to technically advanced movies of the present day. Bollywood imbibed its name from the merger of the term Bombay (now Mumbai) and Hollywood, the American Film Industry.

Another point worth-mentioning is that Bollywood is just the part of Indian Film Industry, which also encompasses other language film industries. The movies churned out here are the major source of entertainment, with an audience of 3.6 billion people, which is more than half of the world’s population. Bypassing the reality, Hindi films are usually ‘masala’ (spicy) movies that comprise all the ingredients like music, dance, violence and melodrama of a good entertainer. The languages of Hindi, Urdu and English are extremely common in Bollywood.

  • This topic is very broad. Is there a particular aspect of Bollywood cinema that you are interested in? One could focus on the "history" of the genre or "What makes a Bollywood film". I personally hope to write a piece on the use of flashbacks in Bollywood film some day. I did a fair amount of Bollywood cinema research in undergrad and would consider rummaging through it for a more focused topic. – derBruderspielt 5 years ago