Glimpse of India- Bollywood Bonanza

Bollywood Bonanza

Bollywood Bonanza

As a typical Indian citizen, my life is deeply influenced by Bollywood films. My mom’s lullabies literally came from Bollywood music. Father was obsessed with Indian cinema and I was more interested in listening to his version of stories from Bollywood movies than ‘coping with’ fairy tales.

Little grown-up, my affinity for cinema grew as the little brain was sufficiently occupied with Bolly-stuff. Larger than life cinema metamorphosed me into a crazy Bollywood fan. And here I am writing on my favourite theme:)

HISTORY OF INDIAN CINEMA

I’m fascinated by the history of Indian cinema. Find it adventurous to collect information about the lost past of this amazing form of art.

1) In 1970 Cinema of India overtook Hollywood in movie production and acquired the name Bollywood.

2) Dadasaheb Phalke is known as the father of Indian cinema, his silent film ‘Raja Harishchandra (1913)’ is the first Indian film.

Dadasaheb Phalke
Dadasaheb Phalke

3) Ardeshir Irani’s film ‘Alam Ara’ (1931) was the first Indian film with sound.

4) During partition, many actors from Punjab and Bengal migrated to Bombay (present-day Mumbai) making 1940-60 the golden period of Indian cinema.

5) Parallel Cinema came to existence during this Golden Period. Bengalis who were contributing to one-fourth of the Indian cinema brought attention to the socio-political conditions of the working class. Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad and Buddhadeb Dasgupta are some of the pioneer figures of Parallel Cinema.

6) Indian Classic film Mother India was the first Indian film to be nominated for Academy Award (for best foreign language film).

7) ‘Indian Masala Films’ are the films with the mixed genre. Such films compact romance, comedy, action, drama and music in two and a half hours.

8) Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand, three Khans Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan are a few of the globally famous actors of Bollywood.

Cinema has always been a medium to showcase the social and political situation of a country. Bollywood, on similar lines, tells the story of India. A lot has changed with time. From themes like Independence, poverty, social differences, Bollywood today tells the stories of politics, underworld and corruption. A bold medium to convey, Indian cinema can bring about a revolutionary change in society.

You know that my travel wishlist is also inspired by Bollywood. Read the account πŸ‘‰ here!

[PS- For those who don’t know (Can’t believe this, you must be out of this world;), Bollywood is the popular name for Indian Hindi Cinema.]

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. I’m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi

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43 Comments Add yours

  1. eshachaks says:

    What a fun read…and so true how can you even talk about Indoa without talking about Bollywood.

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    1. aditi says:

      You’re right Esha, we can’t define India without Bollywood:)

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  2. Priyanka Nair says:

    We grew up with Bollywood πŸ™‚ Nice post here!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Thanks 😊

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      1. My Words My Wisdom says:

        Wohooo!!! I am full on bollywood…loved your article

        Liked by 1 person

        1. aditi says:

          Thanks 😊

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  3. Mayuri6 says:

    Love the facts you’ve shared, and yes if anyone hasn’t heard the term ‘Bollywood’, they are probably living under a rock!:) Good to meet a fellow movie-buff!:)

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  4. Sonia Chatterjee says:

    This was so much fun to read. Indeed Bollywood is an Integral part of our country.

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    1. aditi says:

      Glad you enjoyed reading:)

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  5. shravmusings says:

    Loved the history you shared in the chronological order. There is no fun without Bollywood in India

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    1. aditi says:

      Exactly πŸ˜ƒ

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  6. Rashi Roy says:

    Wow! That was so refreshing. How can one not know Bollywood 😁 Loved reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Rashi 😊

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  7. Chiru says:

    Wow… Glimpse of Bollywood History..

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  8. Varad says:

    I wish the masala elements of Bollywood fade away. Yuck! Give me more Govind Nihalani, Sriram Raghavan, Shyam Benegal and nothing of David Dhawan and Rohit Shetty :X

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    1. aditi says:

      Seriously? I can watch any Bollywood movie only it should not cross my tolerance level:D
      * Some of my most favorite Bollywood movies are Masala movies..

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  9. vidhya29 says:

    A wonderful post! loved reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Vidhya 😊

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  10. jlennidorner says:

    Great post! I’ve only seen a handful of Bollywood movies, but they were good and I hope to see more sometime.
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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    1. aditi says:

      That sounds wonderful ❀️

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  11. lifewithmypenguin says:

    Even Penguin, my child hears lullaby from bollywood songs. haha.

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    1. aditi says:

      This is the beauty of Bollywood melodies;)
      Hugs to Penguin❀

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  12. Vartika Gakhar says:

    What an interesting read Aditi, India and Bollywood go hand in hand, i am glad to know another movie buff πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Hehe… thanks 😊

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  13. Sanjota Purohit says:

    Never knew all these things about Bollywood! Great post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Thanks 😊

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  14. Varsh says:

    Indians cannot escape from the charm of Bollywood for it rules our hearts and television. Good post chronicling some landmark moments of this industry. Shall we add that A R Rehman belonged to us before he went international?

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    1. aditi says:

      Definitely πŸ™Œ

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  15. Pr@Gun says:

    Bollywood and India its apt connect. People wanna live like movies. Be it lullaby or welcome or farewell all look towards Bollywood for solutions and ideas.

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  16. mommytincture says:

    For a bollywood fan such as me, this post really was a bonanza. Loved reading about most of the facts.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Thank you:)

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      1. Sudip says:

        A nice post on Bollywood. Learn many new things

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        1. aditi says:

          Great πŸ‘

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  17. kislaya says:

    Truly an informative bonanza! Bollywood is renowned worldwide. Dance now has a category called “Bollywood dance” which speaks volume about the fame of Bollywood.

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  18. Deboshree says:

    Interesting perspective and trivia on Bollywood.
    I have increasingly grown distant from Hindi cinema but it delights my heart when I watch a good Hindi film after ages. πŸ™‚

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    1. aditi says:

      It sounds better 😁😊

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      1. Deboshree says:

        Haha indeed! πŸ˜€

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  19. aditi says:

    Bollywood has a major part in framing Indian culture;)
    Stay connected!

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  20. aditi says:

    Tried commenting on your post but seem to fail:/
    Can you confirm?

    Like

  21. aditi says:

    Thanks 😊

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