This usually happens
as production of a film is often rushed and budgets are often
restricted, with majority of funding being reserved for actors.
Due of this, script
writers and music composers often borrow ideas from various
They often get away
with it too, as most Indian audiences are not familiar with the
source material, and as Bollywood was not as popular before,
most sources did not find out about the plagiarism.
However, now the
scene is changing, as due to globali-zation, many Indian
audiences are now being exposed to international films, while
Bollywood has been getting unprecedented recognition on a
Indian Cinema Has Many Faces
people believe that Bollywood is the center of all Indian
Cinema; however, ‘Bollywood’ actually refers to only the Hindi
There are various
other Cinemas differentiated by language. Just in India, there
is Tollywood, Bengali and/or Telugu based Cinema; Kollywood,
Tamil based film industry; Ollywood, Oriya Cinema; Punjwood,
Punjabi Cinema; Jollywood, Assamese Cinema; Sandalwood, Kannada
film industry; Sollywood, Sindhi film industry; and probably
Bollywood films are
primarily known for the inclusion of singing and dancing
numbers, not unlike the western musicals.
Bollywood also has a
more serious artistic side, where filmmakers focus more on the
art of telling a story visually.
is more popular for (at times over the top) romantic, action
and/or comedic musicals.
When Was Bollywood Created ?
1896, while the country was still a colony under British rule, a
showing of the Lumière films introduced films in India.
The screening took
place in Bombay, now known as Mumbai.
In 1897, Professor
Stevenson featured a stage show at Calcutta’s Star Theatre.
Hiralal Sen, an
Indian photographer, with the help of Stevenson made a film of
scenes from that show.
It was titled, The
Flower of Persia (1898).
In 1899, H. S.
Bhatavdekar shot India’s first short documentary.
‘The Wrestlers’ was
screened at the Hanging Gardens in Mumbai and showcased a
It was the first
film ever to be shot by an Indian.
The first Indian
film released in India was Shree pundalik a silent film in
Marathi by Dadasaheb Torne.
The film was a
photographic recording of a popular Marathi play.
Also, due to the
fact that the cameraman was British, and that the film was
processed in London; the film is usually not credited as the
first Indian film.
That title goes to
‘Raja Harishchandra,’ a film by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke,
popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke.
It was a full-length
silent motion picture in Marathi and was released in 1913.
This was considered
as the birth of Indian Cinema.
By the 1930’s the
Indian cinema industry was booming and was producing over 200
films per annum.
Also, the 1930’s saw
the rise of the talking pictures in the industry. Films, ‘Indra
Sabha’ and ‘Devi Devyani’ are considered as the first popular
musicals that gave rise to the song-and-dance sequences in
NOLLYWOOD ACTOR, AJIBOLA AS “MR
LECTURER” IN DAILY ISSUES
Nollywood actor, Samuel Ajibola, has released another episode of
his comedy series; Dele Issues (Daily Issues) titled “Mr
In this episode 8,
Dele plays the role of a university lecturer and is seen
expressing his dissatisfaction with the recent happenings as
published in an unidentified newspaper, when a female student
who apparently failed his course walks in to sort things out
The plot twist of
this episode comes in when Dele gives the lady a response that
made her believe he had fallen for her tricks, only to be
Dele Issues (Daily
Issues), revolves around the main character of the series; Dele,
who encounters the constant dilemma that comes with everyday
The skits are
popular for having elements of comedy-drama and satire –
ultimately making the series a must-watch.