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How did the word "Bollywood" originate?

Bollywood is a portmanteau (a blend of linguistic words), which is derived from Bombay (currently known as Mumbai) and Hollywood, California. The name "Bollywood" is a portmanteau derived ...
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Why are Aamir Khan's movies so popular in China?

It just started with 3 Idiots' success in China's pirated market that made it into their top 12 list. And then they just captured the opportunity and released all of Aamir's later films in China which ...
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Why are movies released only on Friday in India?

The same question was asked to The Times of India and the answer by Jayant Mukherjee was: (emphasis added) The release of films in India follows the American style. There a film is released on Friday ...
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Do film industries outside India use intervals/Intermission?

Interval/Intermission were originated from west but its India which is still sticking with it. Intermissions in early films had a practical purpose: they were needed to facilitate the changing of ...
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In Bollywood, do they play the song while shooting?

Normally film crew use the song in the background. It will be a raw sound from the music Director used specifically for the shooting purpose. What we hear later is a modified version sung either by ...
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How come "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" survives?

I think DDLJ crossed 1000 weeks in maratha mandir because it does not affect much of it's business because it only runs in time slot of 11:30 AM. Yes, Maratha Mandir doing business. Maratha Mandir ...
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How wikipedia showing running time even before the movie release?

Likely because this is details that movie theaters need to know in order to properly schedule screening times. They know this weeks ahead of the premier because not knowing would result in very sloppy ...
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Do Indian movies screened outside India, have intervals as well?

In the US we do have intervals for Indian movies that last about 20 minutes. I don't have a reference apart from seeing a bunch of Indian Movies in NY, NJ, WA and CA states. However there is no hard ...
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Was Chingari ever actually released?

There are many films with same name Chingaari or Jingaari. This word means a spark or flame depending on the context. The movie which is linked in the question is a Kannada movie. It is different from ...
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Does Bollywood title their movies using the Latin alphabet or the Devanagari alphabet?

Most Bollywood films are titled in Latin letters... that I can tell. Every DVD box cover and poster I've ever seen for the films has been in Latin script, as you mention. I found this question and ...
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In Bollywood, do they play the song while shooting?

I've only ever worked on one musical scene on a Bollywood movie, so this is by no means a comprehensive answer, but agreeing with Jason in general... For a large outdoor musical scene - this ...
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What is the first Bollywood film to have a sequel/prequel?

Hunter Wali film series was the movie series to have a sequel. First movie was released in 1935 and its sequel in 1943. The first movie Hunterwali(1935) was the first movie to have a sequel. This ...
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Why is Bandit Queen banned in India?

It was banned temporarily by the Delhi High Court after Phoolan Devi, the subject of the film's story, challenged its authenticity. Also, it was banned due to sexual content. The movie raises moral ...
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Are there Bollywood movies (esp. Sci-Fi) without singing and dancing?

There are certainly Indian films that don't have singing and dance sequences... whether you'd still call them Bollywood at that point is up for debate... also remember that Bollywood strictly relates ...
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How come "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" survives?

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ is the most successful Bollywood love story ever made. It gives us the Sharukh/Kajol Duo. Even after it they both acted as couple due to audience demand followed by ...
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Are there any Indian movies which contain breaking the fourth wall?

In Indian Bollywood movies, it is pretty common to break the fourth wall in comic scenes. Like in the movie Mard, the lead actor Amitabh Bacchan talks facing the screen. He is clearly talking to the ...
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Whose phone numbers are shared in Indian Movies?

There are a few options here. Whenever you see a (US) phone number starting with 555, it doesn't exist. There's a convention in filmmaking where 555 is used for fictional phone numbers. Sometimes, ...
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Hindi movie where prisoner escapes by collecting matchsticks from prison guard

This exact scene I remember from movie Toofan starring Amitabh Bacchan in double role. I remember scene described OP where Saitan Singh escapes the jail/prison. Wikipedia only mentions that he ...
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Why was Captain Ranvijay Singh's dead body released in the sea in the movie "The Ghazi Attack"?

Burial at sea is traditional in many navies particularly in wartime. Burial at sea is the disposal of human remains in the ocean, normally from a ship or boat. It is regularly performed by navies, ...
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How wikipedia showing running time even before the movie release?

Wikipedia just gathers its information from other sources some of which are mentioned in the references. It is likely that one of those references have the running time mentioned. This information is ...
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Is there any rule to get signed consent from characters while doing biography movies?

In the United States, anyway, there's 'legal' and 'what you can get away with.' It's not like the police will arrest a filmmaker for using a slightly fictionalized version of a real person. The ...
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Cover Girl and a Hollywood-Bollywood Connection

The plot summary you provide would describe practically every musical ever made, and musicals contain singing and dancing by definition. A very high proportion of movies, let alone musicals, consist ...
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Does Baahubali explicitly indicate that the cow scene is CGI?

The reason why this watermark is shown is to let audience know that animal included in this scene is not real and is made using CGI. Thus there is no animal harmed during making this film. There are ...
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Indian Movies have song where Actors Dance but hollywood movies don't

Both Hollywood and Bollywood have music/songs in them. You can clearly see songs in bollywood movies and you can check on end credits on hollywood movie about tracks they've used in it. Why Bollywood ...
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Are there any Indian movies which contain breaking the fourth wall?

"The Accidental Prime minister" is one such movie where the fourth wall is broken most of the times by the actor Akshay Khanna who plays the role of Sanjay Baru the narrator of the story and also on ...
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