Even though India is the country with the largest amount of movie releases every year it is still being overshadowed by the western film industry and Bollywood. We believe that the Indian film industries are underrated and that the movie enthusiasts of the world should definitely spend some time exploring this area. It is filled with all kinds of genres, unique directing, great actors and beautiful music. It would be a shame not to give those movies a chance.
Fortunately, getting into this new world is actually quite easy because all you have to do is do a quick search on Google and you will be met with hundreds of very popular and successful movies that have English subtitles available. Believe it or not, but many Hindi speaking people, like to watch Bollywood movies with English subtitles.
It is also important to note that a lot of Bollywood products have also started showing up on Top 100 or Top 10 charts in the US. This alone says a lot about the quality of films on the Easter side of the planet can create. If you liked the style in “Parasite“, the Korean movie who won several Oscars then you will definitely fall in love with the Indian film industry.
Here are some things you should know about the industry if you plan on exploring it.
It is more than a Bollywood
A lot of people around the world believe that the term Bollywood refers to every single Indian movie. That is simply not true. Hollywood refers to the entire cinema of the United States while Bollywood only refers to the industry in the city of Mumbai that focuses on films in the Hindi language. There are many other industries that focus on other languages such as Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Bengali.
All of them very different, but similar in many ways too. You can quickly notice the similarity in the music, the dancing, and singing, the beautiful costumes, but you will also notice a lot of differences when it comes to directing, the camera angles, the acting, the script and so on.
If you have ever watched any film from the Indian Cinema then you probably are well aware just how much they put effort into the soundtracks. Many of the motion pictures feature at least four or five songs and every single one of those is unique in its own way. Many of those scores are very popular in the country and around the world. Scores from Indian movies often reach the Hot 10 charts.
Many of the soundtracks in these motion pictures do not have anything related to the story, although they can have some relation to the story too. We believe it is also important to mention that most of the tracks have playback singers and the actresses and actors lip-sync the songs.
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It may well be the oldest cinema in the world
Many people believe that Hollywood is probably the oldest cinema in the world, but the Indian film industry could well be the first or at least second. The only reason why Hollywood became so popular was because of the wide-spread usage of the English language. The products that came out of the United States could be understood by people all over the world, while Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali languages are not as wide-spread as you would think.
Believe it or not, but just a few years ago, the Indian Cinema celebrated its 100th birthday. The Indian silent film that was produced and directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, marked the beginning of this industry in the country. The story is based on the legend of Harishchandra and the main character was played by Dattatraya Damodar Dabke. It also featured Anna Saluinke and Bhalchandra Phalke. The subtitles (intertitles in the past) were available in several different languages. Viewers had the option of watching in Hindi, Marathi and even in English.
During the Golden Era of Hollywood, the Indian Cinema had a huge influence from American films and most directors tried to emulate their style. This is when the Indian films started becoming recognized all over the world and when the entire cinema developed to such an advanced level.
Another very successful motion picture industry that works only with the Telugu language. Many natives believe that Tollywood has one of the most talented directors, actors, and music writers. Tollywood has also won thousands of awards and has even won a few Guinness World Records. D. Rama Naidu produced the largest number of motion pictures, Brahmanandam for having the biggest number of roles in pictures. There is evidence that Brahmanandam has had more than a thousand roles in his lifetime.
That kind of number is crazy, but it just shows you how much these people love their motion picture industry. The dedication is incomparable.
One of the most prominent actors in Tollywood is Chiranjeevi who is best known for his roles in Shiva, Khushi, Arya, Jamba Lakidi PAmba and Sankarabharanam. Other popular actors include Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan, N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Allu Arjun and many more.
Through the name of this motion picture industry, you probably realize that it focuses on the Bhojpuri language. Bhojiwood has been more than 60 years in existence and the movies can be seen all over the world. Thousands of fans can be found in both South and Nort America, Eastern Europe and almost everywhere in Asia.
The first Bhojpuri film was in 1963 after the first president of India convinced the very famous actor at the time, Nazir Hussain, to find a role that speaks Bhojpuri. It was named Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo and was directed by Vishwanath Shahabadi. It is believed that in 2019, the net worth of the entire Bhojiwood is more than ₹2000 crores which are equivalent to three hundred million USD.