Bombay, Mumbai, Bollywood, YashRaj Studios, Amitabh Bachchan, Kapoors, Khan bole to Yuva Dilon ki Dhadkan Salman Khan, Romance ka King Shahrukh Khan, Perfectionist Aamir Khan. Comedy matlab David Dhawan, Govinda. Dance to Apna Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor. Action Hero Ajay Devgan, Sunil Shetty, Rohit Shetty, Akshay Kumar. Beauty aka Aishwarya. Kareena. Sonakshi. Katty Heroines Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu. Newbies hain Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Ranvir Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Pariniti Chopra. And item dance babes Mallika Arora Khan, Malika Sherawat and Rakhi Sawant.
This is Film Industry of today’s India. But what about old golden days?? From 1913 when first film Raja Harishchandra was made by Dadasaheb Phalke, Indian film industry has came long way. From Prithviraj Kapoor to Raj Kapoor, Saira Bano, Dilip Kumar, Rajkumar to Devanand, then era of Shashi Kapoor, Jetendra, Hema Malini down to today’s film industry. Whoa!! What a long journey. Seems many eras have passed in a single journey.
Some of the most famous of Hindi cinema were made in mid 90’s including Mehboob Khan’s Mother India K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam. Successful actors at the time included Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt, while successful actresses included Nargis, Vyjayanthimala, Meena Kumari, Nutan, Madhubala, Waheeda Rehman and Mala Sinha.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, romance movies and action films starred actors like Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Shashi Kapoor and actresses like Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Asha Parekh.
The 1970s thus saw the rise of commercial cinema, films like Sholay (1975), positioned Amitabh Bachchan as a lead actor. The devotional classic movie Jai Santoshi Ma was also released in 1975. Another super-hit film from 1975 was Deewar, directed by Yash Chopra and written by Salim-Javed.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, there came family oriented romantic musical films. With the success of films such as Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) stars of a new generation, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla were born. At that point of time, action and comedy films were also successful. Actors like Govinda, Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor appearing in popular comedy films, and action actor Akshay Kumar gaining popularity for performing dangerous stunts in films. This decade marked the entry of new performers in arthouse and independent films, example being Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Anurag Kashyap. The critical and commercial success of Satya led to the emergence of a distinct genre known as Mumbai noir urban films reflecting social problems in the city of Mumbai. This led to emergence of films of parallel cinema that saw actors like Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai, Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar gaining foothold in bollywood industry.
The 2000s saw a growth in Bollywood’s popularity across. This led the nation’s filmmaking to new heights in terms of money involved in production, direction and new story lines as well as technical advances in areas of special effects and animation. Some of the largest production houses, among them Yash Raj Films and Dharma Productions were the producers of new modern films. Some popular films of the decade were Koi… Mil Gaya (2003), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004), Dhoom (2004), Hum Tum (2004), Dhoom 2 (2006), Krrish (2006), and Jab We Met (2007). This time also saw the rise of popular actors like Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, and Abhishek Bachchan, as well as actresses like Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra.
In the early 2010s, established actors like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar became known for making big-budget masala entertainers like Dabangg and Rowdy Rathore opposite younger actresses like Sonakshi Sinha. These films were often not the subject of critical acclaim, but were nonetheless major commercial successes. While most stars from the 2000s continued their successful careers into the next decade, the 2010s also saw the rise of a new generation of actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, Ranveer Singh, and Arjun Kapoor, as well as actresses like Vidya Balan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, and Parineeti Chopra.
Now South Indian actors Dhanush, Shruti Hasan and all are making way into Hindi Cinema after many Bengali heroines and actors making their mark here.
Talking on character of villain, likes of Amjad Khan, Amrish Puri, Pran, Danny to Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor to Mohnish Bhel, Ashutosh Rana and Amol Gupte to Pradeep Rawat have made large.
The Hindi film industry has preferred films that appeal to all segments of the audience. It was believed that aiming for a larger audience would maximise return at box office.
Bollywood employs people from all parts of India. It attracts thousands of aspiring actors and actresses, all hoping for a break in the industry. Models and beauty contestants, television actors, theatre actors and even common people come to Mumbai with the hope and dream of becoming a star. Just as in Hollywood, very few succeed. Since many Bollywood films are shot abroad, many foreign extras are employed too.
Prestigious Film Awards ceremonies those owner persons working in Indian film industry are:
• Filmfare Awards
• National Film Awards
• Screen Awards
• Stardust Awards
• International Indian Film Academy Awards
• Zee Cine Awards
Most of these award ceremonies are lavishly staged spectacles, featuring singing, dancing, and numerous celebrities.
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