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Bollywood Is Popular For Their Musicals

Coastweek -- Bollywood films are essentially known for their musicals, which incorporate almost impromptu performances of singing and dancing.

The songs are often recorded by professional singers before the shooting of the dance sequence.

The actors then lip-sync the words of the song during shooting.

Most of the Bollywood films that are commercial popular are referred to as ‘mix masala (spices).’

This is mainly because they incorporate a variety of themes, so that the movie may have something for everyone.

Movies usually are a mixture of singing, dancing, romance, comedy and action.

Some movies may even contain a political or social message.

A stereotypical Bollywood film will involve star-crossed lovers, angry parents, family ties, sacrifice, corrupt politicians and kidnappings, from which the hero of the film will (against all odds) rescue the heroine, defeat the villain, and live happily ever after with the rescued soul-mate (usually denoted with a song); all in the duration of 3 hours.

Bollywood films have often also faced criticisms of plagiarism.

There are many instances of scripts, ideas, plot lines, tunes or riffs having been copied from other Bollywood films, other Indian film industries or foreign films, such as Hollywood.

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Coastweek -- A musical number sceen from the movie ‘Devdas’ with lead actresses Madhuri Dixit [left] and Ashwariya Rai Bachchan. IMAGE COURTESY: DRJIMBLE.CO.UK, CHANDRAKANTHA.COM

This usually happens as production of a film is often rushed and budgets are often restricted, with majority of funding being reserved for actors.

Due of this, script writers and music composers often borrow ideas from various sources.

They often get away with it too, as most Indian audiences are not familiar with the source material, and as Bollywood was not as popular before, most sources did not find out about the plagiarism.

However, now the scene is changing, as due to globali-zation, many Indian audiences are now being exposed to international films, while Bollywood has been getting unprecedented recognition on a  global platform.


Indian Cinema Has Many Faces

Many people believe that Bollywood is the center of all Indian Cinema; however, ‘Bollywood’ actually refers to only the Hindi film industry.

There are various other Cinemas differentiated by language. Just in India, there is Tollywood, Bengali and/or Telugu based Cinema; Kollywood, Tamil based film industry; Ollywood, Oriya Cinema; Punjwood, Punjabi Cinema; Jollywood, Assamese Cinema; Sandalwood, Kannada film industry; Sollywood, Sindhi film industry; and probably many more.

Bollywood films are primarily known for the inclusion of singing and dancing numbers, not unlike the western musicals.

Bollywood also has a more serious artistic side, where filmmakers focus more on the art of telling a story visually.

However, Bollywood is more popular for (at times over the top) romantic, action and/or comedic musicals.


When Was Bollywood Created ?

In 1896, while the country was still a colony under British rule, a showing of the Lumière films introduced films in India.

The screening took place in Bombay, now known as Mumbai.

In 1897, Professor Stevenson featured a stage show at Calcutta’s Star Theatre.

Hiralal Sen, an Indian photographer, with the help of Stevenson made a film of scenes from that show.

It was titled, The Flower of Persia (1898).

In 1899, H. S. Bhatavdekar shot India’s first short documentary.

‘The Wrestlers’ was screened at the Hanging Gardens in Mumbai and showcased a wrestling match.

It was the first film ever to be shot by an Indian.

The first Indian film released in India was Shree pundalik a silent film in Marathi by Dadasaheb Torne.

The film was a photographic recording of a popular Marathi play.

Also, due to the fact that the cameraman was British, and that the film was processed in London; the film is usually not credited as the first Indian film.

That title goes to ‘Raja Harishchandra,’ a film by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke.

It was a full-length silent motion picture in Marathi and was released in 1913.

This was considered as the birth of Indian Cinema.

By the 1930’s the Indian cinema industry was booming and was producing over 200 films per annum.

Also, the 1930’s saw the rise of the talking pictures in the industry. Films, ‘Indra Sabha’ and ‘Devi Devyani’ are considered as the first popular musicals that gave rise to the song-and-dance sequences in Bollywood films.



Nollywood actor, Samuel Ajibola, has released another episode of his comedy series; Dele Issues (Daily Issues) titled “Mr Lecturer”.

In this episode 8, Dele plays the role of a university lecturer and is seen expressing his dissatisfaction with the recent happenings as published in an unidentified newspaper, when a female student who apparently failed his course walks in to sort things out with him.

The plot twist of this episode comes in when Dele gives the lady a response that made her believe he had fallen for her tricks, only to be disappointed.

Dele Issues (Daily Issues), revolves around the main character of the series; Dele, who encounters the constant dilemma that comes with everyday life.

The skits are popular for having elements of comedy-drama and satire – ultimately making the series a must-watch.

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