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
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.
is more popular for romantic, action and/or comedic musicals.
For that reason,
Bollywood movies always appeal to audiences all over the world.
BOLLYWOOD - MEANS A MIXTURE OF
BOMBAY CITY ‘B’ AND HOLLYWOOD !
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
first talkie movie, Alam Ara, was released in 1931.
industry is most popularly known for its dance, music and
the first hindi movie release, Bollywood is 100 years old.
In 1899, H. S. Bhatavdekar shot India’s first short
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.
period provided a strong impetus to the industry, with the
focus changing to social issues that were relevant at the
were previously entertaining but now they could also be
used as a potent medium to educate the masses.
Age, i.e. 1950s and 1960s was the time when acclaimed
films and the actors’ memorable acting made a place in
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
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.
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
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
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
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.