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Daemon
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Bollywood

Like Hollywood in the US, Bollywood is the movie industry in India. It began in Bombay—now Mumbai—in the 1930s and developed into a film empire that puts out as many as 1,000 feature films annually. Bollywood movies typically include formulaic story lines, expertly choreographed fight scenes, spectacular song-and-dance routines, emotion-charged melodrama, and larger-than-life heroes. More artistic fare can be found in India's alternative films, called Parallel Cinema. What is Tollywood? More...
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The naming scheme for "Bollywood" was inspired by "Tollywood", the name that was used to refer to the cinema of West Bengal. Dating back to 1932, "Tollywood" was the earliest Hollywood-inspired name, referring to the Bengali film industry based in Tollygunge, Calcutta, whose name is reminiscent of "Hollywood" and was the center of the cinema of India at the time.[9] It was this "chance juxtaposition of two pairs of rhyming syllables," Holly and Tolly, that led to the portmanteau name "Tollywood" being coined. The name "Tollywood" went on to be used as a nickname for the Bengali film industry by the popular Kolkata-based Junior Statesman youth magazine, establishing a precedent for other film industries to use similar-sounding names, eventually leading to the term "Bollywood" being coined.[10] However, more popularly, Tollywood is now used to refer to the Telugu Film Industry in Andhra Pradesh. The term "Bollywood" itself has origins in the 1970s, when India overtook America as the world's largest film producer. Credit for the term has been claimed by several different people, including the lyricist, filmmaker and scholar Amit Khanna,[11] and the journalist Bevinda Collaco.[12]
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Very informative article
Dr. Mohammed Albadri
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Good article!
Marguerite
Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:47:32 PM

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Though I never saw a Bollywood film, I never saw a more beautiful woman that India's formost star, Shilpa Shetty. How can anyone be that beautiful? When Richard Greer kissed her it almost caused a meltdown in India. Angry crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of Richard Gere after he swept a popular Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty into his arms and kissed her. He must have thought he was in decadent Hollywood where anything goes.
Marshall
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Nice article .
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