Salutations. Bollywood-are you familiar with it? You should be. If not, it is entirely possible that we can’t be friends. So, get to know it. Knowledge is power, people. In brief, Bollywood is the sobriquet (nickname) for the Hindi language film industry, based in Mumbai. Bollywood films are where its at. For real. Bollywood is one of the largest centres of film production in the world. It is more formally referred to as Hindi cinema. Further, Bollywood is classified as the biggest movie industry in the world in terms of amount of people employed and number of films produced. Bollywood produces approximately 1,041 films a year, compared to Hollywood which makes about 500 a year. It makes Hollywood look like a poor relation. Yes. Yes, it does.
Influences for Bollywood include:
- The ancient Indian epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana
- Ancient Sanskrit drama, with itshighly stylised nature and emphasis on spectacle-combining music and dance
- The traditional folk theatre of India
- The Parsi theatre-which combines blended realism and fantasy
- Western musical TV, like MTV
Bollywood is a dream for many. In fact, hundreds of Brits go to Mumbai every year in the hope of becoming Bollywood’s next mega superstar. Including myself. I kid. Amy Jackson, pictured below, was spotted by film producers at the age of 18 and has successfully carved out a career in the Bollywood industry-despite NOT being Indian or able to speak Hindi. What the what? Amy Jackson is a British model and actress who began modelling at 16 years old. In 2009 she went on to win Miss Teen World competition and the 2010 Miss Liverpool title. Yeah. However, her Liverpool accent, really rubs me the wrong way. This is my personal opinion of course. In short, I don’t like the Liverpool/Scouser/Liverpudlian accent one bit. I am not alone in this way of thinking BTW.
But congrats to Amy Jackson for making it in Bollywood, despite not being Indian nor able to speak Hindi. Go girl. Bring it.