Is the nickname given to the Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. When combined with other Indian film industries (Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada), it is considered to be the largest in the world in terms of number of films produced.
Indians love movies. Most movies follow the same format where a boy meets girl, something happens and then a happy ending, with that taking 3 to 4 hours including beautiful singing and dancing!
When l think of Bollywood l think of beautiful men and women, singing, dancing, colour, costumes, make-up, gold, the list goes on and on...
It has been said that fourteen million Indians go to the movies on a daily basis (about 1.4% of the population of 1 billion) and pay the equivalent to the average Indian's day's wages (US $1-3) to see any of the over 800 films brought out by Bollywood each year.
That's more than double the number of feature films produced in the United States.
Look how popular bollywood actors have become that after a spirited performance in his directorial debut film 'Taare Zameen Par', actor Aamir Khan will don the role of a torch bearer for the Olympic torch relay on April 17 in New Delhi!
India has sixteen official languages (can you believe it!) While Mumbai (Bollywood) leads India in film production, its specialty lies with Hindi movies. Chennai (formerly Madras) produces films in Tamil and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the Bengali movie capital. Nearby Pakistan's Lahore calls itself Lollywood.
Bollywood's film production center is a government-owned studio facility known as "Film City" in the northern suburbs of Mumbai. Bollywood traces its start to 1911 when the first silent Indian feature film was released by D.P. Phalke. The industry boomed and today there are over 250 theatres in Mumbai alone.
Bollywood films have now become more popular in western society, with them now being shown in conventional theatres worldwide. Also controversy has increased the popularity of some Bollywood actors. Remember Hollywood star Richard Gere, was wanted for allegedly breaking public obscenity laws by kissing Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at a public AIDS awareness event last year.
Here is the video of what happened:
What about actor Australian Cricketer Brett Lee who recorded a music album with Asha Bhonsle and is looking for more Bollywood breaks. In the love song a foreign boy courts an Indian girl, Lee strums the guitar and belts the number in English and Hindi. Enjoy!
While on the net a fund this funny video of a "white" guy ding the bollywood thing and here it. Let me know your views...