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Sunday, 20 January 2013


The Indian movie industry, Bollywood, is the largest film industry in the world. It produces over 800 movies a year, almost twice as many as Hollywood.

Bollywood only refers to Indian films made in Hindi—there's also Tollywood and Kollywood, which make films in the Telugu and Tamil language. 

Bollywood was born 11 years before Hollywood. Bollywood’s first production was an 1899 short film, whereas Hollywood’s first film came out in 1910.

Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film was released on May 3, 1913. With a storyline based on the legend of Raja Harishchandra, it marked the beginning of the Indian film industry.

The naming scheme for "Bollywood" was inspired by "Tollywood", the name that was used to refer to the cinema of West Bengal dating back to 1932.

Alam Ara, the first Indian film with sound, was released.on March 14, 1931. The story was based on a very successful Parsi play of the same name and was a major commercial success.

Indra Sabha (1932) is the movie with the most number of songs - a whopping 71. The plot of the film revolved around a benevolent king whose moral character is tested by celestial powers.

India was not too quick in catching up to the coloured film trend and seemed content with black and white movies. Kisan Kany, a 1937 film directed by Moti Gidwani was the first colored film in Bollywood.

Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saara is a 20-minute ballad and the longest Bollywood song ever to be featured in a film.

3 Idiots is a 2009 comedy-drama film, which became both the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in India and the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in overseas markets. As of February 2012, 3 Idiots grossed roughly 385 crore (US$96.77 million).


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