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The film largest film industry for commercial and art movies in Hindi language of India is known as Bollywood. The name is derived partially from “Bombay” (now Mumbai) where the film industry is based and the American Film Industry, “Hollywood”. The name Bollywood is widely accepted and has found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary.


General theme

Bollywood movies are generally referred to Hindi language by large, but Urdu has also been used quite liberally and nowadays even English is also being used in parts. The movies are of long durations about three hours or so having an interval. The movies mostly are a mix of action, romance, drama, comedy, song and dance, thus referring it to a perfect “masala” movie. The other more serious films known as Art movies are also produced here but most of the films do not make a big appeal to the masses


The films mostly have songs and dance sequences in them making a “musical” movie and the songs picturised in the films are referred to as “filmy music”. The songs of films are lip-synched, meaning that the actors sing and dance to tunes but is later dubbed in the studios. Most of the actors presently do know dancing, but previously only the female artists were put to dance.


“Raja HarishChandra” was the first silent Indian movie to be produced and screened in the year 1913 which was directed by “Dadasaheb Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, who is also known as the Father of Indian Cinema. “Alam Ara” was the first Indian film with sound was released in 1931 which was an instant super hit. The Indian film industry has made many glorious and successful super-hit films from time-to-time like Pakiza, Guide, Daag, Roti Kapda Aur Makan, Anand, Shole, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Hum Kissi Se Kum Nahi, Don, , Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Agnipath, Bazigar, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, and Lagan are just to name a few.

Global appeal

The films produced in Bollywood have a wide appeal not just in India, but also in other countries like the UK, USA, Middle East, parts of Africa and the erstwhile Soviet Union, Canada to name a few.