Interesting facts and information about Bollywood

Bollywood generally refers to Indian Film Industry. But in more accurate form it is the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai. Bollywood is the combination of two words “Bombay” (Mumbai was formally known as Bombay) and “Hollywood”.

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  • Bollywood is one of the largest film producers in the world. Around 200-300 films are produced each year. Which earns around 3000-4000 crores each year.
  • The first film made in India was the Raja Harishchandra (1913). It was a silent movie. The film was made by Dadasaheb Phalke. He is also called the Father of Indian Cinema. The first talkie of Indian Cinema was Alam Ara (1931).
  • The era 1940-1960 is regarded as the Golden era of Bollywood. In this period several critically hit films were made. Some them are- Awaara (1951), Aan (1952), Pyaasa (1957), Mother India (1957), Madhumati (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959).
  • The first color film of India was Kisan Kanya. It was made in 1937. But the trend of color cinema started during the 1950.
  • Bollywood movies are famous for its songs and dances. They are part of Indian films from the beginning of Talkies. The first Talkie Alam Ara had seven songs.
  • Dadasaheb Phalke award is the highest award of Indian Film Industry. Other prestigious awards are National Awards, Film fare awards. Dadasaheb phalke award was first awarded to Devika Rani in 1969.
  • Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is the longest running film of the world. It ran for about 1000 weeks.
  • The longest movie of Bollywood is “Gangs of Wasseypur”. It was realased as single film in cannes film festival. It is about 319 minutes long.
  • Lagaan was the first film which was released in China.
  • First Indian cinema to get Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival was Neecha Nagar. It was released in 1946. Mother India was the first Indian movie which got Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Overview of Bollywood

1950-1959

Movies: Awara, Devdas, Do Bigha Zameen, Baazi, Chalti ka naam Gaadi, Kaagaz ke phool, Naya Daur, Pyaasa, Madhumati, Boot Polish, Mother India, Sadhna, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje, Mirza Ghalib
Actors: Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Bharat Bhushan, Guru Dutt, Balraj Sahni, Kishore Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Mehmood, Prithviraj Kapoor
Actress: Meena Kumari, Nargis, Vyjayanthimala, Madhubala, Nutan, Geeta Bali, Nimmi
Directors: Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, V. Shantaram, B R Chopra, K. Asif

1960-1969

Movies: Arzoo, Asli Naqli, Sujata, Mughal-e-Azam, Guide, Waqt, Anupama, Neel Kamal, Sangam, Dosti, Padosan, Love in Tokyo, Ram aur Shyam, Brahmachari, Kabuliwala
Actors: Sunil Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor, Dharmendra, Manoj Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Mehmood, Raaj Kumar, Firoz Khan
Actress: Meena Kumari, Waheeda Rehman, Sharmila Tagore, Sadhana, Mala Sinha, Saira Banu, Nirupa Roy, Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Mumtaz, Asha Parekh
Directors: Vijay Anand, Yash Chopra, Bimal Roy, B R Chopra, Raj Kapoor, Mehboob Khan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nasir Hussain, Manmohan Desai

1970-1979

Movies: Sholey, Mera naam Joker, Deewar, Anand, Kabhi Kabhi, Bobby, Trishul, Chupke Chupke, Don, Pakeezah, Kora Kagaz, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Amanush, Amar Akbar Anthony, Mausam, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Kunwara Baap
Actors: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Firoz Khan, Shatrughan Sinha, Jeetendra, Amol Palekar
Actress: Rekha, Hema malini, Parveen Babi, Zeenat Aman, Mumtaz, Jaya Bhaduri, Shabana Azmi, Asha Parekh, Waheeda Rehman, Suchitra Sen, Raakhee
Directors: Basu Chaterjee, Yash Chopra, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Ramesh Sippy, Shyam Benegal, Nasir Hussain, Manmohan Desai, Raj Kapoor, Gulzar

1980-1989

Movies: Angoor, Arth, Chashme Buddoor, Coolie, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Mr. India, Karma, Meine Pyar Kiya, Nadiya Ke Pyar, Pushpak, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Salaam Bombay, Mirch Masala, Sparsh
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Sunny Deol, Farooq Shaikh, Rajesh Khanna, Kamal Haasan, Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Rishi Kapoor, Om Puri, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff
Actress: Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia, Smita Patil, Sridevi, Jaya Pradha, Rekha, Juhi Chawla, Shabana Azmi, Rekha, Raakhee, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan
Directors: Yash Chopra, Shyam Benegal, Ramesh Sippy, Subhash Ghai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Mahesh Bhatt, Prakesh Mehra, Rakesh Roshan, Ravi Chopra, Raj Kapoor, Gulzar, Govind Nihalani

1990-1999

Movies: Ghayal, Agneepath, Henna, Saudagar, Baazigar, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, 1942: A Love Story, Khalnayak, Damini, Krantiveer, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Rangeela, Raja Hindustani, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Gupt, Pardes, Ghulam, Kuch kuch Hota Hai, Satya, Border
Actors: Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Govinda, Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar, Sunny Deol, Saif Ali Khan
Actress: Kajol, Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Urmila Matondkar, Tabu, Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Rani Mukherjee, Sonali Bendre, Govind Nihalani
Directors: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Mira Nair, Sooraj Barjatya, Rajkumar Santoshi, Mahesh Bhatt, Yash Chopra, David Dhawan, Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Ram Gopal Verma, Rakesh Roshan, Abbas Mustan, Priyadarshan, Vikram Bhatt, Mani Ratnam

2000-2009

Movies: Lagaan, Devdas, Kaha Na Pyaar Hai, Dil Chahta Hai, Raaz, Baghban, Company, Dhoom, Black, Page 3, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, Jab We Met, Guru, Dostana, Rock on, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Swades, Munna Bhai MBBS
Actors: Shahrukh khan, Salman Khan, Aamir khan, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt
Actress: Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta, Tabu, Ameesha Patel, Kareena Kapoor, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Bipasha Basu, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone
Directors: Rajkumar Hirani, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Anurag Kashyap, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Prakash Jha, Dibakar Banerjee, Farhan Akhtar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Aditya Chopra, Ram Gopal Verma, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Madhur Bhandarkar, Rakeysh Omprakesh Mehra, Imtiaz Ali, Karan Johar, Vikram Bhatt