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It’s a place where dreams come true; where scandal wreaks havoc as often as we breathe; and where all that glitters is gold. Bollywood is India’s most revered film industry. And, one might even go as far as to say that it epitomizes practically everything this dynamic country is about.
It is no wonder then that it has a huge fan following. However, while most fans might think they knew everything about their favorite film industry, there's a whole bunch of trivia that many don't know about. Here's some of it:
Fact One: The film with the most number of songs ever is (surprise, surprise!) a Bollywood movie. With a whopping 71 songs, ‘Indra Sabha’ (1932) claimed this title with ease and has never even had a close competitor. The plot of the film revolved around a benevolent king whose moral character is tested by celestial powers.
Fact Two: The longest film in the world also comes from Bollywood. 'LOC: Kargil' broke all previous barriers with its 4 hour 25 minute-long screen play. Based on the story of Indian soldiers and their war efforts against Pakistan, the movie attempted to give each character a good background story. However, the only thing it really earned them was the dubious distinction of being the longest film ever made.
Fact Three: Bollywood films wouldn’t be what they are without the usual peppering of scripts with song sequences. While many audience members are impatient during the 5 to 6 minute deviations from the plot, they should feel grateful they never had to sit through ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saara.’ This epic song is a 20-minute ballad and the longest Bollywood song ever to be featured in a film!
Fact Four: Bhanu Athaiya was the first Indian ever to win the prestigious Academy Award. She’s been associated with the industry for over 50 years now and she won the award for the ‘Best Costume Deisgner’ for Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’ in 1982.
Fact Five: The first full-length Indian talkie was released on March 14, 1931. Ardeshir Irani’s ‘Alam Ara’ earned this distinction when Imperial Movietone released it at the Majestic Theatre of Bombay. The story was based on a very successful Parsi play of the same name.
Fact Six: India was not too quick in catching up to the coloured film trend and seemed content with black and white movies. However, ‘Kisan Kanya’--a 1937 film directed by Moti Gidwani--became the first many-hued film in Bollywood.
Fact Seven: Here's a shocking fact--Bollywood was born 11 years before Hollywood! Bollywood’s first production was an 1899 short film, whereas Hollywood’s first film came out in 1910.
Fact Eight: Only 15-20% of Bollywood movies actually succeed at the box office while the rest of them are flops and lose money! The industry, therefore, thrives on rich investors pumping in money as and when needed.
Fact Nine: Bollywood viewership is pegged at anywhere between 3 billion to 4 billion--which is more than half the population of our planet! It overtook Hollywood in 2004 and has been leading viewership numbers ever since.
Fact Ten: A vast majority of Hindi films are still dubbed using synch-sound equipment. The reason for this is, most people have not invested in sound-proofing their studios. Given the camera noise, it is much more effective to have the actors dub in their voices later. Of course, this often ends up compromising on the quality of the films.
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