How Much Do You Know About…Bollywood?

September 12, 2019

Bollywood1. Which is bigger Bollywood or Hollywood?

Answer: Bollywood. Hollywood produces 500 films per year on average and has a worldwide audience of more that 2.6 billion, whereas Bollywood produces more than 1000 (not consistently) films every year and has a worldwide audience of 3 Billion.

2. Bollywood was formerly known as?

A. Hindi cinema
B. Bombay cinema
C. Mumbai cinema

Answer: B. Bombay cinema. Bollywood is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay).

3. The name “Bollywood” was coined in which decade?

A. 1960s
B. 1950s
C. 1970s

Answer: C. 1970s. The name was coined when the conventions of commercial Bollywood films were defined. Bollywood is a portmanteau derived from Bombay (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, California. Unlike Hollywood, Bollywood is not a physical place and some film journalists and critics criticize the name because they believe it implies that the industry is a poor cousin of Hollywood.

4. Bollywood has been described as “Poetic justice in two and a half hours.” For the most part, the movies are about what?

A. Romance
B. Music, song, and dance
C. Comedy
D. Action and horror
E. All of the above

Answer: E. All of the above. Some argue that there’s a tried-and-true formula to any quality Bollywood film: swoon-worthy romance, swelling soundtracks, ridiculously attractive lead characters, and plot twists that you can see coming from a mile away. Others say that Bollywood’s secret is far simpler—it’s just a good time from beginning to end.

5. Films in Bollywood are produced in how many languages?

A. 2
B. 5
C. 7
D. 10

Answer: D. Films in Bollywood are produced in the following languages: Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. Around 14 million Indians go to the cinema every day, which equates to 1.4% of the entire population. Cinemagoers pay around a day’s wage to watch a Bollywood film.