History of Indian Films

Hindi film industry is also known as Bollywood. The inspiration of this term is combination of Hollywood and Mumbai. Indian cinema has traveled a long distance in last century. The popularity of Hindi cinema knows no bounds. Movies are said to be the biggest passion of Indian people. Now, all thanks to shrinking global boundaries, Hindi movies are popular all across the world. Also the fact that, many Indian expats are residing in numerous parts of the globe, has proved to be quite helpful in popularising bollywood movies. Go to any continent, you will find screaming fans waiting to see a newly realized Hindi movie. In modern era, many top grossing movies get their main revenues from foreign shores only. Bollywood movie actors and actresses are also crossing the boundaries and being invited to prestigious Awards show. Hindi movies have given us number of talents that are universally praised.

If the earlier decades were ruled by names like Raj Kapoor, Balraj Sahni, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar then later decades gave us stars like Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha etc. Last two decades have been ruled by Khan Brigade, i.e, Shahrukh, Amir, Salman etc. There was never a dearth of talented actors, actresses, directors or musicians in bollywood. Each generation has been enriched by presence of great names who gave us masterpieces. Some of the acclaimed directors given by bollywood are, Guru Dutt, Bimol Roy, Raj Kapoor, Mrinal Sen, Mehboob Khan etc. These directors catered to all kinds of subjects' right from social themes to drama, emotion and entertainment.

New wave of directors like Sanjay Bhansali, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Sooraj Barjatya etc have given super-duper hits. Modern directors are covering a wide range of topics previously considered taboo. New genres of movies that are more realistic in nature are also gaining popularity across the population. Bollywood excels in all genres of movies. The musical landscape has also changed. From lyrics oriented songs, we have moved on to beats and rhythms oriented songs. Western tunes are hugely popular and fusion has become the name of the game. Bollywood has kept reinventing itself and in the days to come, we are bound to see several new but pleasing changes.