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Why Is Bollywood So Popular ? Because
So Many Want “Masala” in their Movies

Coastweek -- Why is Bollywood so popular? Bollywood is popular for several reasons.

The movie and music industries in India are inextricably interlinked.

Bollywood is colorful, packed with singers, dancing, and loads of costume changes.

Bollywood is mainly popular because of its “masala” in the movies.

The concept of masala is key to understanding Bollywood films.

The movies are popular because of their comedy, emotions, singing,
dancing, feelings, etc.

Bollywood movies are fundamentally known for their musicals, which incorporate almost unrehearsed performances of singing and dancing.

The songs are often recorded by professional singers before the shooting of the dance sequence. The actors then lip-sync the words of the song during shooting.

Most of the Bollywood films that are commercially popular are referred to as ‘mirch masala (spices).’

This is mainly because they incorporate a variety of themes, so that the movie may have something for everyone.

 
Coastweek -- Bollywood is are fundamentally known for their musicals, which incorporate almost unrehearsed performances of singing and dancing.  IMAGE COURTESY:      THEWOMENFASHION.YOLASITE.COM

These movies usually are a mixture of singing, dancing, romance, comedy and action.

Some movies may even contain a political or social message.

One of the reasons why Bollywood is so big in the rest of the world today, lies partly in the fact that there are many Indian immigrants and their families living all over the world.

However, it is obvious that Bollywood movies also attract audiences that are not connected with India through family or other ties.

Bollywood movies are mainly known for the inclusion of singing and dancing numbers, unlike the western musicals.

People get attracted towards Bollywood movies because of their “Indian and emotional touch”.

Instead of producing animated movies or perceptual movies, Bollywood producers like to focus on the “originality”.

They allow people to feel and enjoy each and every part of their surroundings.

Bollywood also has a more serious artistic side, where filmmakers focus on the art of telling a story visually.

The festival songs, disco theque dance numbers, and many more excite people to look forward to Bollywood movies.

However, Bollywood is more popular for romantic, action and/or comedic musicals.

For that reason, Bollywood movies always appeal to audiences all over the world.

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BOLLYWOOD - MEANS A MIXTURE OF BOMBAY CITY ‘B’ AND HOLLYWOOD !

Coastweek -- How old is Bollywood? Bollywood turned 100 years old in 2013.

Bollywood, the word is the mixture of Bombay’s ‘B’ + Hollywood.

It is not a physical place, but rather a representative term for popular Hindi films.

The Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, released the first full-length film in 1913, which was a silent film, called Raja Harishchandra.

Bollywood’s first talkie movie, Alam Ara, was released in 1931.

The film industry is most popularly known for its dance, music and love stories.

According to the first hindi movie release, Bollywood is 100 years old. In 1899, H. S. Bhatavdekar shot India’s first short documentary.

‘The Wrestlers’ was screened at the Hanging Gardens in Mumbai and showcased a wrestling match. India’s struggle for independence in the 1950s finally parted the curtain on the Golden Age of Indian cinema.

This historic period provided a strong impetus to the industry, with the focus changing to social issues that were relevant at the time.

The movies were previously entertaining but now they could also be used as a potent medium to educate the masses.

The Golden Age, i.e. 1950s and 1960s was the time when acclaimed films and the actors’ memorable acting made a place in everyone’s heart.

The most popular and well-known actors from this time period in Bollywood were Raj Kapoor, Mehboob Khan, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Guru Dutt and many more.

The era also started the trend of romantic films which showcased love and romance, something that Bollywood is known for to this day

 
Coastweek -- Bollywood through the ages: The Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, released the first full-length film in 1913, which was a silent film, called Raja Harishchandra. IMAGE COURTESY: DNAINDIA.COM

The ultimate ‘masala movie’ erupted onto the screens in the 1970s. ‘Sholay’ first hit the screens in 1975, and was pegged as the greatest story ever told and the greatest star cast ever assembled. Thirty-nine years later (as per the year 2014), nothing has changed.

In 1980s, several woman directors such as Aparna Sen, Meera and many more rose and showed their talent in movie-making.

It was also the decade when sultry siren Rekha wooed audiences with her stunning performance in Umrao Jaan (1981).

In the late 1980s and 1990s, the romantic musicals, comedy films and action movies gave a new twist to the industry.

Movies like Qayamat se Qayamat tak, Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Apke Hai Kaun, and many more increased popularity for romance.

On the other hand, Khiladio ke Khiladi showed the popularity of action.

For so many years after that, and even now, ‘love is the air’.

Though the trend changes with different genres like action, comedy, dance, drama and many other things, love will be the first priority in the Bollywood movies.

Finally in the 21st century, Indian cinema became very popular all over the world.

It reached out further to the international spectators.

The film industry is most popularly known for its dance, music and love stories.

The audience usually expects catchy music in the form of song and dance woven into the script.

A film’s success often depends on the quality of such musical numbers.

It is also no longer restricted to making movies in just Hindi, and has included the English language as well as famous English phrases in the movies.

Dadasaheb Phalke released India’s first unabridged Bollywood film in 1913; hence it is proved that Bollywood is 100 years old.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s most prestigious cinema award for lifetime contribution to the Indian Cinema.

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