36 Facts About Bollywood


The popular term Bollywood, is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood".

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Name "Bollywood" was coined during the 1970s, when the conventions of commercial Hindi films were defined.

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Bollywood has long influenced Indian society and culture as the biggest entertainment industry; many of the country's musical, dancing, wedding and fashion trends are Bollywood-inspired.

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Kronos Quartet re-recorded several R D Burman compositions sung by Asha Bhosle for their 2005 album, You've Stolen My Heart: Songs from R D Burman's Bollywood, which was nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

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Bollywood plots have tended to be melodramatic, frequently using formulaic ingredients such as star-crossed lovers, angry parents, love triangles, family ties, sacrifice, political corruption, kidnapping, villains, kind-hearted courtesans, long-lost relatives and siblings, reversals of fortune and serendipity.

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Studies have indicated that some people, unaware that changing fashion in Bollywood films is often influenced by globalisation, consider the clothes worn by Bollywood actors as authentically Indian.

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Since many Bollywood films are shot abroad, many foreign extras are employed.

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Bollywood songs were introduced with Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara song, "De De Khuda Ke Naam pay pyaare".

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Bollywood songs are generally pre-recorded by professional playback singers, with the actors then lip syncing the words to the song on-screen.

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Bollywood films are multi-million dollar productions, with the most expensive productions costing up to 1 billion.

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The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry estimates that the Bollywood industry loses $100 million annually from unlicensed home videos and DVDs.

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Bollywood's increasing use of international settings such as Switzerland, London, Paris, New York, Mexico, Brazil and Singapore does not necessarily represent the people and cultures of those locales.

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Bollywood entered the consciousness of Western audiences and producers during the late 20th century, and Western actors now seek roles in Bollywood films.

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Bollywood films are popular in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal, where Hindustani is widely understood.

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Bollywood films are popular in Southeast Asia, particularly in maritime Southeast Asia.

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India has cultural ties with Indonesia, and Bollywood films were introduced to the country at the end of World War II in 1945.

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The "angry young man" films of Amitabh Bachchan and Salim–Javed were popular during the 1970s and 1980s before Bollywood's popularity began gradually declining in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Bollywood has had a strong presence in Indonesia since then, particularly Shah Rukh Khan films such as Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

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Some Bollywood films have been widely appreciated in China, Japan, and South Korea.

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Australia has a large South Asian diaspora, and Bollywood is popular amongst non-Asians in the country as well.

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Bollywood films are popular in the former Soviet Union, and have been dubbed into Russian.

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The films from Bollywood strengthened family values, which was a big factor for their popularity with the government authorities in the Soviet Union.

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Bollywood was introduced to Polish audiences with the 2005 release of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

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Bollywood films are often covered in Gazeta Wyborcza, formerly Poland's largest newspaper.

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Bollywood has progressed in Israel since the early 2000s, with channels dedicated to Indian films on cable television; MBC Bollywood and Zee Aflam show Hindi movies and serials.

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Bollywood films are not influential in most of South America, although its culture and dance is recognised.

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Unlike Europe and North America, where Indian films cater to the expatriate marke, Bollywood films became popular in West Africa despite the lack of a significant Indian audience.

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Several Bollywood figures have travelled to Africa for films and off-camera projects.

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Bollywood, however, seems to be diminishing in popularity in Africa.

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In Ethiopia, Bollywood movies are shown with Hollywood productions in town square theatres such as the Cinema Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.

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Many Bollywood films have been commercially successful in the United Kingdom.

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Bollywood is appreciated in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia.

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Bollywood films are dubbed in German and shown regularly on the German television channel RTL II.

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Bollywood has a large German fan base, particularly in Berlin.

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Bollywood has experienced revenue growth in Canada and the United States, particularly in the South Asian communities of large cities such as Toronto, Chicago, and New York City.

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Commonly-reported justification for plagiarism in Bollywood is that cautious producers want to remake popular Hollywood films in an Indian context.

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