• The role of the nine rasas in a Bollywood film

    Bollywood film is great fun, and highly expressive. Very different to Western cinema, Bollywood depends on certain rules and criteria for it to work in the way that audiences demand. The inclusion of the nine rasas is fundamental to the way the films work. What Are The Nine Rasas Simply translated, rasas are emotions, feelings(…)

  • India and the formation of the films

    Bollywood film is highly popular, not only in India, but all over the world, as more and more audiences fall in love with the winning formula of good over evil in an epic setting. How Indian Film Works The background of India and the formation of the films is vital. Almost every Bollywood film follows(…)

  • Mother India

    In Bollywood film, the setting is always India. There may be diversions to paradise, but it’s always India to which the story and the characters come back. How India Works As A Setting Mother India is at the very heart of Bollywood film. From the majestic Himalayas to her sun kissed southern shores, and with(…)

  • Sholay – A Classic Blockbuster

    When Sholay was released in 1975, it was not warmly received by the critics, touted as a spaghetti western. Boasting of a star cast that, even in those days, was pretty much at the top, the film went on to become an iconic classic, a blockbuster and made its mark in the annals of Indian(…)

  • Dance scenes in Bollywood movies

    The drama of the dance There are many words that could be used to describe Bollywood dance scenes in Indian movies, they’re certainly dramatic enough to warrant only the most imaginative ones. Loud, colourful, vibrant, and unique to choose but a few. It’s not altogether certain where Bollywood dance scenes originated, but they have evolved(…)

Bollywood - the world's most prolific dreamfactory

Bollywood - It's the synonym for the Hindi-speaking film industry of India. The mashup word of Bombay, former name of Mumbai, and Hollywood should depreciate the Indian competitor many years ago, but it describes now one of the hot spots of the global movie business. Located in and around Mumbai, Bollywood is the biggest center of film production in the world. Nearly 800 films are produced and shot on locations like the Film City every year and demonstrate the importance of the world's most prolific dreamfactory.

But Bollywood refers also to a unique form of entertainment. Sparkling and glittering, Bollywood films combine the appeal of famous stars, the drama of compelling stories and the image of an exciting continent between tradition and modernity. Presenting stunning locations and breath-taking landscapes, Bollywood films celebrate an opulent blaze of colour. The experience of a Bollywood film is like riding a rollercoaster of emotions, that lasts at least three hours. The combination of eternal love and desperate grief, together with the scary thrills of compassion and the exuberant appetite for life, forms the idea of the perfect movie.

With Bollywood movies, you can explore a continent of extraordinary films with their own merits and an intriguing history.

The role of the nine rasas in a Bollywood film

The role of the nine rasas in a Bollywood film

Bollywood film is great fun, and highly expressive. Very different to Western cinema, Bollywood depends on certain rules and criteria for it to work in the way that audiences demand. The inclusion of the nine rasas is fundamental to the way the films work. What Are The Nine Rasas Simply translated, rasas are emotions, feelings(…)

India and the formation of the films

India and the formation of the films

Bollywood film is highly popular, not only in India, but all over the world, as more and more audiences fall in love with the winning formula of good over evil in an epic setting. How Indian Film Works The background of India and the formation of the films is vital. Almost every Bollywood film follows(…)

Mother India

Mother India

In Bollywood film, the setting is always India. There may be diversions to paradise, but it’s always India to which the story and the characters come back. How India Works As A Setting Mother India is at the very heart of Bollywood film. From the majestic Himalayas to her sun kissed southern shores, and with(…)

Sholay – A Classic Blockbuster

Sholay – A Classic Blockbuster

When Sholay was released in 1975, it was not warmly received by the critics, touted as a spaghetti western. Boasting of a star cast that, even in those days, was pretty much at the top, the film went on to become an iconic classic, a blockbuster and made its mark in the annals of Indian(…)

From the early beginnings to today's worldwide success

The history of the cinema in India is as old as the medium itself. In 1895, the first cinematic show was presented to an Indian audience. Being part of the British Empire, Western cinema got very popular in India within the first twenty years of the 20th century. But there were also first steps towards a home-grown Indian cinema as well. The first feature films in India was "Raja Harishchandra" (1913), shot by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke in 1913, which drew heavily upon mythological and religios material for the plot and characters. In 1931, the first Indian sound films like "Alam Ara" by Ardeshir M. Irani were brought to cinemas. What they made compelling to a broad audience was their use of music. Now, the time of big studio productions began, which formed the typical extensive melodrama with songs and dances.

After India's independence from Great Britain in 1947, some of the most critically acclaimed films in Hindi were produced. Movies like "Pyaasa" (1957) oder "Kagaaz Ke Phool" (1959) by the famous director Guru Dutt broadened the scope to social topics. Raj Kapoor, another important director of that period, depicted in films like "Awaara" (1951) or "Shree 420" the urban life of the working classes. "Mother India" (1957) by Meeboob Khan revived the tradition of epic films and etablished genre conventions that persist until today. This period of Indian film making is often called "Golden Age" because of its artistic creativity and its success, both national and international. During the 1960s, commercial cinema was dominated mainly by romantic and action films, but picked up steam in the 1970s. "Sholay" was the most profitable film in 1975; and in 1988, "Salaam Bombay!" gained reputation for winning the Golden Camera in Cannes while being a national and international box-office hit.