Tuesday, March 3, 2009
HOLLYWOOD v/s BOLLYWOOD
If someone goes to Mumbai and enquire where Bollywood is, the answer would be that there is no place around there in that name. Unlike Hollywood which is a district within Los Angels there is no place called Bollywood in India. In my opinion India should have found a name of its own for its film city in Mumbai other than becoming a cousin of Hollywood. Besides, the name being imitative in nature sounds funny also. There are Tollywood and Kollywood in use for film industries in Chennai and Kerala. Those phrases were really coined by cine- Magazine writers and later came in general use.
The film industry in Mumbai is one of the largest in the world spread in regions like Andheri,Goregaon(west and East)Bandra and Chembur. The industry is well equipped both in talent and technology.The first silent film, 'Raja Harischandra', came out from there in 1913 by Dada saheb phalke in whose honour the Phalke award was instituted in 1969,which is given for a chosen person annually for life time achievement in Indian film industry and it is also the highest award in Indian cinema. Since the first film in 1913 films were rolled out incessantly from Mumbai using contemporary technology.
The films elsewhere in the world are not that liberal or permissive to get away from day to day realities. Of course there are many musical films from Hollywood like 'come September',sound of music,etc but they remain in a realm of their own.
It is not that there are no exceptions There are directors who took cinema very seriously like Satyajit Ray, Hrithwick Ghatak, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, and Aravindan who have tried to depict life in its pure form but they could not reach out to the mass mainly because the films turned out to be too serious and dry for the ordinary.
The English Film shot in India with an Indian story, 'The Slum-dog millionaire', had opened up ways for co- producing films with Hollywood film industry for the Indian producers. However the film industry is not like other industries, for, films are not accepted as easily as industrial products.
In 2011 the Bollywood made Rs 2590 Crore out of 120 films released and the industry was not affected by the recession when people washed their recession blues in Cinema halls.
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