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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 from Bombay, India, (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, California, the center of the American film industry. Bollywood does not exist as a physical place. Some ...


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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 also made success due to relatability with Chinese audiences. Forbes covered it quite well: There was really no way to make money in China’s home video ...


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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 so that people can watch the film with their family during the work-free weekends (Saturday and Sunday) leading to good opening collection. So it's not an ...


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There may be quite a few reasons for this There are not many bands that perform music on a large scale, at least not till recently Peer Pressure, everybody is doing it Pressure from Producers / Distributors If Songs become a huge hit and even if the movie is not that great it can still fetch the producers and distributors enough money (Eg The movie 3). ...


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When we're talking about Hollywood, we usually talk about big budget movies. Studios fund these movie projects not out of love of art, but to make a profit. To make a sizable profit they need to sell the movie to the audience so that they buy tickets (and buy DVDs and BluRays ... etc). One of the bigger selling points of any movies is the cast. People will ...


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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 reels. When Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth (Queen Elizabeth), starring Sarah Bernhardt, opened on July 12, 1912, in the Lyceum Theatre in New York City, ...


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Musicals from Hollywood are popular. They aren't as popular as they were in the 40s, 50s, and into the 60s, but they do still exist. Some recent examples, just off the top of my head: The Muppets (2011) Across the Universe (2007) The Producers (2005) Chicago (2002) And of course, many children's movies have musical numbers, song, and dance, like the ...


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Historical, social and psychological Hi, in my opinion, Bollywood films are not just simple company products. Based on the local Indian culture, film and the way that people appear in it is like a part of their life. According to a 2005 world bank estimate, 41.6% of the total Indian population falls below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 a day (...


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A simple Google search led me to the Guidelines of Central Board of Film Certification. The article states: The Cinematograph Act lays down that a film shall not be certified if any part of it is against the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency ...


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There is a very good answer present on Yahoo Answers: Satellite right is the legal permission given by the producer of a film to a Television channel to show (broadcast) the film in TV. It might be for a limited time period or for lifetime. There will be many clauses and conditions like the film can be shown in TV only after a particular time ...


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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 not only plays DDLJ. It also plays regular releases. Answer to your second question is probably no. No other movie ran for so much long time in theatre. I think ...


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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 the same artist or different artist as per their wish but it has more technical modification once it reach to our ears. No matter how crowded the region is, the ...


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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 handling at the theaters. Any movie to be released will have a final cut made weeks to months ahead of release, and locked in a run time when it is submitted ...


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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 the movie Karl Pilkington and Warwick Davis acted. The film they acted is Chingari(2012) a bhojpuri film. Warwick Davis acted as a journalist in this movie. ...


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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 answer on another site that I think you'll find interesting: One reason is that applications for title approvals have to be filed in the Latin alphabet. So ...


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In this context, collections and receipts have the same meaning and are interchangeable. As for who receives the monies, that is based on a sliding scale. The percentage that goes to theater owner and distributor changes depending on how long a movie stays at a theater. The longer a theater shows a film, the greater the percentage of the ticket price goes ...


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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 and fast rule: this completely depends on the discretion of the owner of the theatre and could change any day and in any theatre. And of course, this cannot be ...


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Apart from being a popular format to make films, songs are included nowadays for primarily two reasons: Film promotion Go to any music channel and you will see endless repeats of songs mostly from upcoming films. Same goes for radio. If my film does not have songs, then I cannot use this medium of promotion at all. Hence even films which don't warrant a ...


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Suraksha from 1979 stars Mithun Chakraborty (as Gunmaster G9, a Hindi James Bond-type) that was followed by the sequel Wardat in 1981. Videsh 1977 part 1 and Agent Vinod 1977 part 2 both contain Mahendra Sandhu as Agent Vinod.


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After searching for a long time i concluded that Nigahen: Nagina Part II is the first Bollywood sequel follow-up of Nagina (1986). (Sources:1,2)


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The movie Baadshah was not really what you would call a "flop" - the movie opened very well, netting US$2.6 million but went on to gross US$4.6 million. This makes it the #6 movie of 1999 in the Indian Box Office. These numbers are, however, below average in the world wide market in comparison to many of the other movies released in 1999. Phir Bhi Dil Hai ...


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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 particular one shot at London's Marble Arch - something akin to a large concert PA system was rigged across the entire location, so that the music was loud and ...


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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 was an action movie with Fearless Nadia as lead role. This movie is one of the earliest female-lead movies. From the Wikipedia page of the movie: A story of ...


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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 to Hindi films, generally from the Mumbai area and there are many other films made across India that are not technically Bollywood. Here are a couple of lists ...


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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 Kuch Kuch hota hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum etc. At the time it was released, it made too many new records and broke old ones. This made it unforgettable. ...


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From tupaki.com Speaking in a interview, Roja once commented what will Kamal Haasan's films will have other than kissing scenes with heroines and that's the reason she never got the chance to work with the versatile actor. Roja was once asked what was her feelings working for the first time with Rajinikanth in the movie ‘Ulaipali’ during a media ...


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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 audience. There are some movies with Govinda and Kadar Khan where they talk to the audience. Also, in a lot of 80's movie end scenes you can find an actor ...


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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 questions on individual's right to privacy. It all starts with Phoolan, increasingly angry that she is, despite requests, not being shown the film on her life. ...


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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 escapes but I do remember the scene. While I was in school I thought what smart move to collect match sticks for years. This Saitan Singh was played by Goga Kapoor ...


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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 indeed disclosed by the producers/distributors, because of the reasons mentioned by cde's answer. An example : Ron Howard's film In the Heart of the Sea is ...


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