Bollywood – An institution that taught us why romance is incomplete without dancing in the rain, a platform which proved that one could actually smash a hundred goons and still be alive, a world where moms get the intuition of their children’s arrival before they ring the bell. It’s more than just an entertainment industry, loaded with glamour, gossip, paparazzi and surprisingly shocking facts that would blow your mind. Despite having its share of overrated movies, it has served our country with moments of pride as well. You might not be a die hard Bollywood fan, but these interesting facts regarding our Hindi cinema would definitely force you to steel a moment out of your packed schedule and feel proud to be an Indian!
The longest running film in the world hails from Bollywood!
Yes! And it’s none other than our very own iconic tale of romance, DilwaleDulhaniya Le Jayenge. The film running on the television sets of every next house in India has also been running in the theatres for over 1000 weeks till now.
Bollywood grabs a place in the Guinness World record
And the credit goes to our Bachchan clan, the father-son duo to have played reversed roles on-screen in Paa.
And one in Golden Globe award as well
Do AankheinBaraahHaath is the first Indian film to have won this prestigious award under the Samuel Goldwyn category.
Yet another milestone set in the Guinness World Record book
‘KahoNaa.. Pyar Hai’, a fairytale love story was added to the Guinness Book of World Records 2002 edition for winning the most number of awards i.e. 92 for a movie.
Bollywood rules the minds of the Indians
This is the reason why Indians buy 2.7 billion movie tickets annually, the highest in the world. But our revenues are a fraction compared to Hollywood as the average ticket price in India is among the lowest in the world.
Can this happen anywhere else?
Raj Kapoor’s ‘MeraNaam Joker’ was the first Hindi movie to have not just one but two intervals!
Anyone can lose his heart to Mr. Raj Kapoor’s smile
That’s the reason behind him being the face of optimism in Russia as the folks out there could find peace in nothing but his smile in the movie Awara due to the trauma created by the war with Germany.
Our song got adopted as the anthem of a school in Pakistan.
‘Ae MaalikTereBandhe Hum’ sung by ‘Swarkokila’ LataMangeshkar is one track that doesn’t know the limits of boundaries.
We’re one step ahead of the Hollywood
Bollywood’s first production which was a short film was produced in the year 1899 i.e. 11 years before the first Hollywood movie was released.
Our actors have created history
Sunil Dutt holds the Guinness World record for the being the only actor in a 113 minutes long feature film Yaadein. Jagdish Raj also holds the honorable record for the being the most typecast actor after having played the role of a police officer in 144 movies.
The largest count of individual investors for a movie
The title goes to the movie Manthan produced by about 500,000 farmers of Gujrat and inspired by the concept of the ‘White Revolution’ in India.
A Bollywood movie may run straight for 3 years!
Yes, it actually happened. The movie Kismet was a mega blockbuster and was one of the first movies to run straight in a number of theatres for such a long period of time.
Only an Indian actress could do this
Waheeda Rahman has played both mother and lover to Amitabh Bachchan. She played his love interest in ‘Adalat’ (1976) and mother in ‘Trishul’ (1978).
The scenario was quite different at that time
There was a time when working in Bollywood was not considered as a noble profession. That’s the reason why famous music director Naushad was introduced as a tailor to the future bride at the time of his marriage. But the biggest irony is that his own songs from the movie Rattan were being played by the baraat.
The Kapoors sought shelter with another Kapoors
When Anil Kapoor started off his career, he was left with no choice but to live in Raj Kapoor’s garage with his family.