In India, Bollywood is the national film industry. But what is Bollywood exactly?

Bollywood creates movies that are nationally acclaimed which have a broad appeal and are popular with international audiences.

The films explore Indian culture and social customs as well as themes such as family ties.

Many of these films have been dubbed into other languages for global distribution.

India’s film industry is the world’s largest in terms of films produced annually, and it has been made up of many different languages.

The first Indian cinema was screened on May 3rd 1896 at a theatre in Bombay.

It was an excerpt from Robert W. Paul’s London-made film, The Rajah’s Diamond: A Hindu Interlude with the new name “The Wrestlers Scene”.



What Is Bollywood?

Bollywood, or Bombay Film Industry, is a film industry located in Mumbai, India.

It was founded in 1932 by Dadasaheb Phalke and is the largest film industry in the world with over 1000 films produced annually.

The Indian movie “Sholay” holds the record for being one of the most successful movies ever made with earnings of $2 billion.



However, Bollywood did not come about until the early 1930s when sound films replaced silent movies with musical accompaniments that were sung or danced to by playback singers and dancers who became popular stars themselves such as Lata Mangeshkar (1934) and Dilip Kumar (1946).

Bollywood, the Indian film industry, is the largest in the world and makes over $2 billion annually.

One can’t talk about Indian cinema without mentioning its journey from silent films to lavish musicals with song-and-dance sequences.

Role Of Music In Bollywood Films

Bollywood films are more than just the plot and acting.

Music is, of course, a huge part of these movies, as well.

The music in Bollywood films often includes songs that represent different cultures or have been influenced by Western culture, such as hip-hop and rap.

There are many types of music used in Bollywood films, including classical Indian instruments like tabla, sitar, and sarangi to Latin American sounds like mariachi trumpets and Cuban drums.

In addition to the instrumental music played during scenes in a film, lyrics sung by actors provide additional commentary on what’s happening on screen.

These songs can be sad or happy depending on the mood they’re trying to convey for each scene; they also might include references to cultural traditions

Bollywood films are often accompanied by music that is a huge part of the movie.

Music has always played an integral role in movies, but Bollywood has taken it to another level.

The use of song and dance in these films can sometimes take up over half of the film’s running time.

Music plays a huge role in Bollywood movies, so it would be hard to imagine them without music!

For example, one of the most popular songs from recent years is “Tum Se Hi” by Kishore Kumar from the movie “Chupke Chupke.”

Music is an influential part of Indian culture and can evoke memories for people who have lived there or seen these movies.

Bollywood films are a unique and special form of film that is often overlooked in the west.

The history of Bollywood films can be traced back to the early 1900s when India was under British rule.

One way in which Indians expressed their nationalistic feelings and pride during this time period was through cinema.

Indian filmmakers would make films with stories about social issues affecting Indian society at the time, such as poverty or corruption in government, hoping these movies would lead to reform from within

Over time, Bollywood evolved into its own genre of filmmaking, characterized by:

  • musical numbers,
  • glamorous costumes for women actors,
  • dramatic love stories featuring handsome male actors,
  • lavish sets,
  • elaborate dance sequences,
  • comic relief provided by pratfalls or slapstick humor,
  • intricate plots.

Best Bollywood Movies

If you’re looking for some good Bollywood movies to watch, then this is perfect for you.

I’ll be listing the best Bollywood movies ever made and give a short summary of each one.

Bollywood movies are a staple of Indian culture, and it’s difficult to find an Indian person who doesn’t enjoy them.

But with so many Bollywood movies being released every year, how can you know which ones are worth your time?

Well, that’s where we come in! Here at Best Bollywood Movies, we’ve done the hard work for you by compiling a shortlist of our top Bollywood films.

So if you’re looking for something fun to watch this weekend or next month on Netflix or Hulu, look no further than this article!

The best Bollywood movies are ones that have an emotional connection to the viewer.

The most popular films in India are those with a romantic theme, and they often have tragic endings.

Many of these great Bollywood movies star Amitabh Bachchan who is one of the most well-known actors in India.

Let’s dive right into our list of the best Bollywood movies.

3 Idiots (2009)

The movie follows three friends as they embark on their journey to find success.

They go through highs and lows, meeting new people along the way who help them grow from boys into men.


It is not just a coming-of-age story though; there are also moments where we can see how much fun these kids are having!


If you want to watch a feel-good movie while learning about life in India for some laughs, check out this film!

3 Idiots is a 2009 comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and written by Abhijat Joshi.

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Lust Stories (2018)

Lust Stories is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language anthology film, consisting of four short film segments directed by Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar and based on the concept of the 2013 anthology film Bombay Talkies.

Co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala of RSVP and Ashi Dua of Flying Unicorn Entertainment, the film has an ensemble cast including Kiara Advani, Radhika Apte, Bhumi Pednekar, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Neil Bhoopalam, Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Kapoor, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Akash Thosar.

The film was nominated for two Awards at the 47th International Emmy Awards; Best TV Movie or Miniseries and Best Actress for Apte.

Lust Stories is the second of three anthology films from Johar, Banerjee, Akhtar, and Kashyap, being preceded by Bombay Talkies in 2013 and followed by Ghost Stories in 2020, the latter also being released on Netflix.

Queen (2014)

Queen is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Madhu Mantena.

Queen stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, with Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles.

The film follows the story of Rani Mehra, a diffident Punjabi girl from New Delhi who embarks on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam by herself after her fiancé calls off their wedding.

Queen (English Subtitled)
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Barfi! (2012)

Barfi! is a Hindi film directed by Anurag Basu and produced by UTV Motion Pictures.

The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Nargis Fakhri, Ila Arun, Saurabh Shukla and Piyush Mishra in pivotal roles.

Barfi is set against the backdrop of Kolkata’s (formerly known as Calcutta) post-independence era during which India faced food shortages and other hardships due to political unrest that followed the partitioning of the country into two separate regions: India (Hindi) and Pakistan (Urdu).

Barfi!, which means “sugary sweet” in Hindi, tells the story of three young people who struggle to find love against all odds: an autistic man (Kapoor), his best friend who’s a woman with cerebral palsy (Chopra), and their neighbor who has been waiting for her prince charming since age sixteen (D’Cruz).

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a 2011 Indian drama-romantic comedy film.

It’s directed by Zoya Akhtar and co-produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani, and Farhan Akhtar.

The film stars an ensemble cast of Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Kalki Koechlin, and Katrina Kaif in the leading roles. It tells the story of three friends who go on a road trip across Spain to find their way back to fulfilling lives.

It opened at #1 all over India, becoming one of the biggest Bollywood hits overseas ever since it grossed $8 million worldwide within less than two weeks after release.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
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  • Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar (Actors)
  • Zoya Akhtar (Director) - Zoya Akhtar (Writer) - Farhan Akhtar (Producer)
  • English, Arabic (Playback Language)
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Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Jodhaa Akbar is a Hindi film directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. The film stars Hrithik Roshan as the Mughal emperor, Akbar, and Aishwarya Rai as his wife Jodhaa.

“The movie starts with an introduction to the life of Prince Salim who falls in love with Princess Anarkali.

He becomes obsessed with her and refuses to accept that she is not interested in him.

When he finds out that she has been executed for refusing his advances, he becomes enraged and vows revenge.

The story depicts a fictionalized account of the relationship between Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar (Akbar) and Rajput Princess Jodhaa Bai (Jodhaa).

The storyline begins in 1557 when Ibrahim Lodi was defeated at the First Battle of Panipat and ends in 1572 after the death of Akbar’s son Salim who succeeded him to become Jahangir.

Jodhaa Akbar
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  • Ashutosh Gowariker (Director) - Ashutosh Gowariker (Writer) - Ashutosh Gowariker (Producer)
  • English, Arabic (Playback Language)
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Mary Kom (2014)

Mary Kom is a Bollywood biopic on the life of an Indian boxer.

The film stars Priyanka Chopra as the lead, Mary Kom, and tells her story from childhood to present day.

Born in rural Manipur, India, she was forced to grow up very quickly by taking care of her siblings while their mother worked.

After a few years of struggling with poverty and hunger, she decided that boxing would be her way out.

She trains hard for many years until she becomes one of India’s most famous women boxers ever! Her story is one that will inspire you no matter what your background may be!

Mary Kom is a biographical film about the life of Mary Kom, an Olympic medalist and world champion boxer from India.

The film begins in 1997 when she has her first child at age 17 to a young man who abandons her and their daughter shortly after.

In order to support herself and her daughter, Mary began training for boxing in 2003 with the encouragement of an Indian army officer.

She quickly rose through the ranks to become one of India’s most successful athletes ever.

This inspirational movie highlights how much hard work pays off if you’re passionate enough about your goals!

Mary Kom
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  • Priyanka Chopra, Zachary Coffin, Darshan Kumaar (Actors)
  • Omung Kumar (Director) - Saiwyn Qadras (Writer) - Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

Haider (2014)

Haider is a 2014 Indian crime drama film written, produced, and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, co-produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, and co-written by Basharat Peer.

It stars Shahid Kapoor and Tabu in the lead roles with Kay Kay Menon and Shraddha Kapoor in supporting roles and Irrfan Khan in an extended cameo.

Haider - 2014 Hindi Movie Blu-Ray Special Edition / Region Free / English Subtitles / Shahid Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor
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Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

The film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a story of two brothers, Rahul and Raj.

The movie starts with the death of their father.

They grow up in different worlds but they are brought together by family bonds.”

Rahul is an alcoholic, who has lost his job and needs money to provide for his wife, Anjali (Kajol), and baby daughter.

He falls into bad company with the criminal Shakti Kapoor (who always wears dark glasses) who forces him to do illegal acts as well as steal from people.

Raj lives a normal life with his wife Aarti (Priya Gill) in London until he gets word that his brother has committed suicide after being

It is based on the novel of the same name by Kavita Chaudhary and tells the story of two wealthy siblings who are separated in childhood due to an arranged marriage.

The movie was directed by Karan Johar and stars Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, and Kareena Kapoor.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
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  • Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan (Actors)
  • Karan Johar (Director) - Karan Johar (Writer) - Yash Johar (Producer)
  • Tamil, Russian, Indonesian, Telugu, Chinese (Playback Language)
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Khoobsurat (2014)

Khoobsurat (also known as Beautiful) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy-drama film.

Khoobsurat is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

It stars Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak, and Aamir Raza Hussain.


The film is loosely based on the 1980 film of the same name.

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Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

Ek Tha Tiger is a Bollywood blockbuster movie directed by Kabir Khan.

The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ranvir Shorey in the lead roles with music composed by Vishal-Shekhar.

The story revolves around an Indian spy working for RAW who falls in love with his Pakistani counterpart ISI agent during an operation against terrorism in Bangkok while India and Pakistan are at war.

The film received mixed reactions from various groups because of its depiction of the Indo-Pakistani conflict as well as the relationship between two countries’ intelligence agencies (RAW and ISI).

The movie was filmed in India, Thailand, Malaysia, and China and it became one of the most expensive Bollywood productions ever made with its budget estimated at about $25 million USD.

It also won several prestigious awards such as Filmfare Award for Best Actor Male 2012 for Salman Khan.

The film explores how through his journey he realizes that there are no clear lines between good and bad; everything we thought was black or white turns out to be grey.

Ek Tha Tiger (English Subtitled)
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  • Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad (Actors)
  • Kabir Khan (Director) - Aditya Chopra (Writer) - Aditya Chopra (Producer)
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Devdas (2002)

Devdas is a 2002 Indian drama film, written and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The story is based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas.

It follows the life of Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan), from his childhood to old age in an attempt to find peace with himself.

but cannot marry her because he has been promised to another woman since birth and instead marries his sweetheart

The acting is great and will keep you hooked from beginning to end! It’s definitely worth watching if you’re interested in Indian culture or just want an overall good movie experience!

Devdas (English subtitled)
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  • Aishwarya Rai, Ananya Khare, Dina Pathak (Actors)
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Director) - Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Writer) - Bharat Shah (Producer)
  • Arabic, English (Playback Language)
  • Arabic, English (Subtitles)

Hichki (2018)

The film Hichki is a Bollywood romantic-comedy-drama, directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra.

The film was released in 2018 to an overwhelming positive response from the critics and audience alike.

Based on American motivational speaker Brad Cohen’s autobiography Front of the Class, it stars Rani Mukerji in her comeback appearance as Naina Mathur, an aspiring teacher who was rejected by many schools because of her Tourette syndrome until she is accepted at the St. Notker’s School, her alma mater.

She is assigned to teach students from a nearby slum in the class 9F, which was created by the Government of India to fill a quota for the underprivileged.

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  • Siddharth P Malhotra (Director) - Anckur Chaudhry (Writer) - Maneesh Sharma (Producer)
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Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003)

Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (English: I am crazy about Prem), is a 2003 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy-drama by Sooraj Barjatya and produced by Rajshri Productions.

The film is a remake of the 1976 film Chitchor and features Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles.

It had a worldwide release on 27 June 2003, and was a critical disaster but was a below-average success at the box office.

However, Bachchan’s performance was well received and earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 49th Filmfare Awards.

Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon
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  • Sooraj Barjatya (Director) - Sooraj R. Barjatya (Writer) - Ajit Kumar Barjatya (Producer)
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Neerja (2016)

The 2016 film Neerja is a suspenseful and emotional depiction of the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan on September 5th, 1986.

The movie follows the life of 18-year old flight attendant Neerja Bhanot as she navigates through her last moments before giving her life for her passengers.

The plot takes place over two days with flashbacks to show how Neerja’s upbringing and family relationships shaped who she was.

It also provides insight into what it was like to be an international flight attendant at that time period when there were very few women working in this profession.

This story will leave you heartbroken but also inspired by the heroism displayed by one woman against all odds!

In the film Neerja, a gory and emotional account is given of the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan on September 5th, 1986.

The flight was taken over by armed men who were seeking asylum in America after escaping from Afghanistan.

This event led to 189 lives being lost and more than 100 injured.

Neerja Bhanot was one of these people who died- she was just 18 years old at the time of her death.

She served as an air hostess on the plane when it came under attack; she helped some passengers escape before she herself succumbed to gunfire while shielding a child with her own body.

Bajirao Mastani (2015)

The film follows the life and love story of Indian warrior Peshwa Baji Rao I (1720-1740) and his second wife Kashibai (1723-1802).

It was released in India on December 18th, 2015 to mixed reviews from critics.

The film has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design;

it won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Score.

Bajirao Mastani is a 2015 Indian epic historical drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

It stars an ensemble cast of Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, and others.

The screenplay was written by Bhansali with help from Kishore Kapoor and Shridhar Mamledar.

The music for the film was composed by Ajay-Atul and the cinematography is handled by Sudeep Chatterjee.

The production of the movie Bajirao Mastani (2015) is a stunning example of what can be accomplished when there is an intersection between artistic vision and unmatched craftsmanship.

The director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has made a name for himself as one of India’s most prolific directors with hits such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas.

With his latest film he continues to demonstrate his mastery over cinematic storytelling while also drawing upon the rich history and culture of India.

The cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee showcases some stunning shots in Rajasthan while showcasing the gorgeous colors that are so characteristic of this region.

Editing by Anita Udeep shows off some excellent work with long takes that remain

Bajirao Mastani is a biographical film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Priyanka Chopra.

Dhoom 2 (2006)

The 2006 Bollywood film Dhoom 2 is an action-packed thriller that follows the story of ACP Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and his team as they try to capture a gang of thieves led by Ali (Uday Chopra).

The movie was directed by Sanjay Gadhvi, and features stunning visuals.

The soundtrack includes popular songs from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s that make viewers feel like they are watching a musical.

If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend two hours this weekend then this is it!

The plot revolves around an unassuming bank manager who finds himself caught up in a criminal conspiracy led by his long-lost father with some help from his former college buddy turned gangster.

The movie is about two brothers on opposite sides of the law; one working to stop crime while the other commits it.

Dhoom 3 (Blu-ray)
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  • Vijay Krishna Acharya (Director) - Aditya Chopra (Producer)
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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga ( also known as How I felt when I saw that girl) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar.

The screenplay was written by Dhar and Gazal Dhaliwal, with the story inspired by the 1919 novel A Damsel in Distress by P. G. Wodehouse.

It stars Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Juhi Chawla, and features Abhishek Duhan, Madhumalti Kapoor, Seema Pahwa, Brijendra Kala, Alka Kaushal, and Kanwaljit Singh in supporting roles.

Akshay Oberoi and Regina Cassandra make special appearances in the film.

The film tells the story of Sweety Chaudhary, a closeted lesbian, and her attempts to come out to her conservative and traditional Punjabi family.

The film is the first collaboration between real-life father and daughter Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor,  and marks the Bollywood debut of Regina Cassandra.

Influences Of Bollywood

Bollywood has always been a popular industry in India, but as the internet has become more accessible and globalized, it is now a common thing to see Bollywood stars all over social media.

With the popularity of these actors comes an increased interest in Indian culture which can be seen through how much people are willing to spend on items such as Indian spices and cooking ingredients.

It’s no surprise that this industry is worth billions of dollars with its influence being felt around the world!

Bollywood is one of the most influential film industries on a global scale.

It has created an entirely new genre of cinema and given birth to numerous actors, actresses, directors, producers, and composers who have gone on to become household names across the world.

Bollywood movies have been accused of being sexist and racist but they are also responsible for providing people with work in times when there was otherwise none.

Bollywood has been around for over 100 years and in the past 50, it has become one of the most influential film industries.

The industry produces more than 1000 films a year with a budget exceeding $3 billion USD per year.

India is now home to about 20% of all Hollywood revenues, and Bollywood movies are watched by millions of people across the world every day.

So what makes these films so appealing? There are many reasons why they have such an influence on society but I would say that their appeal lies in their ability to connect with audiences who relate to the themes portrayed in them or see themselves as protagonists in them, even if those protagonists are fictional characters.

These films showcase how traditional family values can help you succeed, teach you how important

India is the second-largest producer of movies in the world, and Bollywood films have been a staple part of Indian culture for over 100 years.

Indians are now one of the most prolific producers and consumers of movies in the world.

However, with so many different languages spoken throughout India, it can be hard for people to keep up with all these films from around their country!

Notable Bollywood Directors

India is a country with a rich and diverse culture.

It’s also home to many famous directors who have made their mark on the world film industry.

When we think of Indian cinema, we often think of Bollywood films that are known for their vibrant colors, melodrama, song and dance sequences, elaborate costumes and sets as well as traditional Indian themes such as family honor.

There are some notable directors in India who have carved out an international reputation for themselves through their work in the industry:

Bollywood directors like Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta have helped spread awareness of South Asian culture to the rest of the world.

Many people do not know that Bollywood is India’s most popular film industry with more than 200 films per year.

What Is Bollywood Dance Style?

Bollywood is an Indian film industry.

Bollywood Dance style is a mixture of Western and Indian dance styles, with some traditional folk dances mixed in.

It varies by region and the type of performance being done.

The most popular form of bhangra dance originated in Punjab, but it has been incorporated into other forms as well such as Kathakali or Bharatanatyam to give it more flavor for the audience.

Bollywood Dance Style ranges from high energy performances to slow, sensual ones depending on what type of mood they are trying to convey through their dance movements.

Bollywood dance style is a type of dancing that originated in India.

It is characterized by graceful and fluid movements, as well as intricate footwork.

The Bollywood dance style has gained popularity in other countries due to its unique choreography and costumes.

India is a country with an exceptionally diverse population.

The country has over 1 billion people, and it’s difficult to generalize what types of dance are popular in India.

Bollywood Dance style became popularized by the Indian film industry (also called “Bollywood”)

which produces movies with song-and-dance scenes that often include traditional Indian dances such as Bharatanatyam, kathakali, or Kuchipudi.

This type of dance typically incorporates some form of story telling through physical movements and songs that tell a dramatic tale.

Bollywood is a popular form of Indian cinema that has its roots in Mumbai and Calcutta (now Kolkata).

It emerged as a response to Hollywood, which was introduced to India in 1913 with the screening of The Thief of Bagdad.

In addition, it can be seen as a counterpoint to Western culture and values.

In all forms of dance, there are different styles that suit different body types and preferences.

For example, ballet dancers typically have long limbs and slender builds so they work well with more flowing movements whereas hip hop dancers would use short bursts.

Classic Bollywood (1970s–1980s)

Bollywood is the Hindi-language film industry that dominates India’s cinema.

Bollywood movies are known for their musical numbers and extravagant sets, costumes, and dance routines.

There are many classic Bollywood films from the 1970s to 1980s that have stood the test of time due to their excellent cinematography,

catchy music, and memorable performances by actors like Raj Kapoor or Nargis.

Some of these classics include Sholay (1975) which was one of the most expensive Indian films ever made in its day;

Deewar (1975), starring Amitabh Bachchan as a tough gangster; DDLJ (1995), starring Shahrukh Khan as a wealthy man who falls in love with an ordinary girl; and Anand

In the 20th century, Bollywood films were a huge part of Indian culture.

New Bollywood (1990s–present)

The Indian film industry has been around since the early 1900s, but a significant change occurred in the 1990s.

The dominance of Bollywood films was challenged by an influx of Hollywood productions with their lavish budgets and star-studded casts.

This shift led to new styles in filmmaking that have taken hold over the last decade.

Films from this era are characterized by increased use of special effects, brighter colors, and faster pacing than those from earlier periods.

With technology changing so rapidly, it is hard to predict what future trends may emerge as we move further into this century.

These changes will likely be reflected on screen for decades to come.

The 1990s and 2000s are often considered to be the golden age of Bollywood.

With a massive influx of new actors, directors, producers, and musicians in the industry, many films were made that changed Indian cinema forever.

The top three movies from this era are Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (The One with Endless Love),

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (Who am I?), and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (Sometimes Happy Sometimes Sad)

Prior to 1947, when India became an independent nation, there was no distinction between “Hindi” cinema (Bollywood) and

“Urdu” cinema (Lollywood). The two industries were indistinguishable as Hindi and Urdu are both official languages of India.

However, after independence from British rule in 1947, Lollywood began developing its own identity

which lead to differences in style that made them more distinct from Bollywood movies being produced at that time.

Bollywood vs. Hollywood

As a major part of popular culture, Hollywood has often been criticized for its lack of representation.

The industry is dominated by white actors and actresses, leading some to argue that it does not accurately reflect the diversity in America.

For example, a study from UCLA found that only 4% of the top-grossing films released between 2002 and 2016 had black people as lead or co-lead actors.

Meanwhile, Bollywood (India’s film industry) boasts diverse casts with up to 56 different nationalities represented on screen at any given time!

Bollywood is known for its dancing and drama while Hollywood films have a more serious tone to them.

Which do you like better?

Bollywood and Hollywood are two of the largest film industries in the world.

Bollywood and Hollywood both have a long history of entertaining people with movies.

But they are very different when it comes to style, filming locations, and cast members.

Bollywood was founded in the 1880s by Dada Saheb Phalke as India’s first motion picture company.

Hollywood was founded in 1908 but didn’t start producing films until 1911.

Bollywood is filmed mainly in Mumbai while Hollywood films are made all around the world including Los Angeles,

New York City, Toronto, London, and Sydney among others; which means there are many factors that make these two movie giants so different from one another.

One major difference between Bollywood movies and Hollywood movies is that most Bollywood actors wear elaborate costumes that often include bright colors.

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