The Great Bollywood Essay

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The Great Bollywood






The Great Bollywood

Motion pictures have been around for a long time. They are popular all over the world.
When people think of motion pictures, Hollywood always pops in their heads. As great and
as popular as Hollywood is, there is a larger film industry in the world, and it's not in
the U.S. The largest film industry in the world is called Bollywood and it is located in
Bombay, India. Bollywood puts out on the average eight hundred movies a year, which means
two movies are cranked out every day. (Ninian pg 1)

The movies are shown to a eleven million people, usually ages twelve to twenty- five,
everyday in over 13,000 movies theaters across India. And those numbers don't even count
other countries. All of the movies that are produced and made in India are exported to
other countries, including America, England, Russia. Indian people, however, watch these
movies a lot more because they are so important to them. (Ninian, pg 1)

Now the big question is why is Bollywood so important to India? Well it's a few reasons.
First off, it does supply a lot of jobs for people, Bollywood supplies jobs for more then
three hundred thousand people and is India's sixth biggest industry. But this isn't all of
why Bollywood is important to India. India is proud of Bollywood and what the industry
creates, since motion pictures is very important to the country.



Motion pictures started to become big in India back in around back in the early 1900's.
All the movies that were shown up until the end of the twenties were silent movies. Silent
movies were popular because nothing had to be translated and different languages didn't
matter when it came to watching a movie. Hollywood made all the silent movies that were
shown, although a lot of them were shot in India. Finally in the 1930's sound came around
for movies and India started to produce and make movies. Since now language in movies was
a big deal it was hard to know what to use, so they made most of there movies in the
widely used language of Hindi- Huru. All the movies that were made all had about the same
themes focusing on song and dance from India and also some different social issues were
portrayed in films. Most of the movies that were being made were coming from studios in
Bombay, so they decided to call it Bollywood and to make the main movie making area.
(Ninian, pg2)

As the 1950's rolled around, motion pictures began to change a little bit. All kinds of
movies were being made portraying males and females as supreme beings, like super heroes
or other immortal beings. This idea in movie kept getting more and more popular through
the next couple of decades. This was the thing to have in most movies up until the 1980's.
Color tv's came out in India so less and less people were going to the cinemas. So
Bollywood had to turn it up a bit and produce bigger and better movies so that it would
attract people back to the cinema.



They polished their films, made them more glamourous, and made them more glossier. They
added love themes to the movies, more songs and dances, and happier endings. Another thing
that was becoming popular was violence in movies, so Bollywood was putting more violence
in the super hero movies. (Ninian, pg 3)

The 1990's brought cable and satellite tv to India and this meant it would be an even
bigger challenge to keep people in the cinemas. So Bollywood spiced up things even more by
having bigger budgets, having bigger stars in there movies, making the films more romantic
and adding more song and dance then ever. The progression of movies at reached the top and
movies started to not be so great. Bollywood began a gradual descent with barely any hits
and sometime just broke even. But Bollywood couldn't stop what they did was too important
to India and they would regain themselves some how. (Ninian, pg 3)

After the twenty-first century rolled around Bollywood began to regain themselves by
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