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The Rise of Bollywood Movies & Music

Summary: Indian movies have been there since decades. It has paved its path right from silent films to the contemporary films that talk about everything under the sun. Indian music has been an inseparable part of Indian cinema, ever since it started gaining popularity.

Indian movies or Bollywood films conjures the images of bright and sumptuously coloured productions shot in beautiful locations, with good-looking stars dancing to well-choreographed Indian music. This is pure, unadulterated entertainment. If you are a fan of Indian cinema, you would obviously be interested in knowing how this form of Indian cinema grew to be so popular in India and worldwide.

The name of the industry is obviously inspired by Hollywood, with the 'B' from Bombay, now Mumbai. The name was coined in the 1970s; however, the industry goes back to the year 1913. The first film that was ever made in India was 'Raja Harishchandra'. The film was produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, who went on to supervise the production of 23 more films during 1913-1918.

The 1920s saw films that had mythology and history as the main subjects. Classics made during this time were 'The Mahabharata' and 'The Ramayana'. The first talkie of Indian cinema 'Alam Ara' was released in the year 1931. You can say that it is with this film that Bollywood took-off. The number of production companies began to increase, so did the number of films being produced each year.

Indian movies soon began to be made in color. Big theaters were made, and the audience base too saw the emergence of a new type of people, namely the working class, who were earlier not an active part of the film-audience. Though the World War II era did not see very many films being made due to government restrictions and the scarce import of film stock, the audience remained faithful, which was evident in the rising number of ticket sale.

It is only after the independence of India that the new era in films was born. The historical and mythological subjects began to be replaced by social-reformist films. Famous film makers like Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukerjee, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Shakti Samanta, Manmohan Desai, Shyam Benegal, Gulzar, etc., began coming up. However, not all of them were involved in Hindi movies. Their films focused more on realistic issues and were based on the experiences of a common man.

It was during this time that popular Indian actors like Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Saira Banu, Vaijantimala, Madhubala, Jaya Bhaduri, Rekha, Parveen Babi, and many more began coming into the picture.

This was again the time when Indian music started becoming a more important part of films. The songs not just served as dream sequences, but also expressed the emotions of the actors. Some popular music directors of this time were O.P. Nair, Sachin Dev Burman, Shankar Jaykishan, Lakshmikant Pyarelal, R.D. Burman, etc. started becoming popular, so did singers like K.L. Saigal, Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, etc. became popular.

After this came the actors, music directors who are ruling still today. The 90s was quite a mixed up period; this decade saw romance, action as well as anti-heroes. Actors like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, etc.

The 2000s saw even more varied forms of films, focusing on all sorts of subjects under the sun. This trend is being followed till date. A new generation of actors like Shahid Kapur, Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, etc. has come up.

Indian movies are today made on a bigger budgets and also cover several varied topics. More than 750 films are produced each year by the Bollywood industry. No longer it is just about the song and dance sequences in exotic locations but much more meaningful and thought-provoking. Indian music too has evolved quite a lot with several new music directors coming into the scenario.

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