The Bollywood is the Mumbai or Bombay film industry or Hindi film industry is regarded as the mainstream of Indian cinema due to its vast presence. The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of production of movies, about 800 a year. Just like Hollywood is the American film industry, the term Bollywood was coined to indicate the Indian film industry.

Bollywood has become a synonym of glamour, glitz and entertainment to the crores of Indians spread all across the world. Bollywood is one the biggest centres of Hindi cinema production. The word Bollywood has been derived from the word ‘Bombay’, as the city of Mumbai was formerly known as, and ‘Hollywood’, the world famous American cinema producing centre.

Bollywood is the dream of all aspiring actors. Hundreds of young Indians both male and female come from all across the country and different parts of the world to make a mark in the Hindi Cinema. Thousand of aspiring and struggling actors and actresses see their dreams made or broken with each movie release. Bollywood is the staircase to both money and fame and that too limitless.

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There are lots of songs and dance sequences in the Indian films. The films revolve around the themes of love, suspense, drama, murder, mystery. The film’s success or failure depends on the team work. Though the script of the film decides its fate, yet some fair amount is the work involving the songs, the music and the shooting location, the dress and getups of the characters. The lead roles of the film is performed by actors and actresses, a comedian if there is some comic to it and a bad character usually a villain. Songs are the work of music directors, lyricists, singers and choreographers.

The first silent feature film made in India was “Raja Harishchandra” and “Alam Ara” was the first Indian film with sound.

The actors and actresses enjoy such adulation and acquire such celebrity status, which is enough to blow the minds of any ordinary man. The early period of Indian Bollywood industry from 1940s to 1960s is known as the Golden Age of Hindi cinema. During this some masterpieces had been produced. Then in the year 1970, began the genre of romantic and action-packed Hindi movies. The year 1980s to 1990s saw a lot of romantic musical films with sweet love stories and romantic melodious songs. The 2000s saw a sudden change in the Bollywood trends with immense technical advancement, innovative story lines and scripts, and a vast improvement in cinematography and quality. It was then that Bollywood movies crossed the boundaries and carved a niche in the world cinema.

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