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10 Interesting Facts you should know about Bollywood
10 Most interesting facts about Bollywood
When we talk about Indian Cinema, all that comes to our minds is acting, cinematography, sound effects, editing among other things. But Bollywood is more than what the world perceives of. Our stars are always in the spotlight and so are their movies. With the internet age at its peak, there aren’t many things that one doesn’t know or is exposed to. For all the Bollywood buffs in you, here we are presenting 10 lesser-known but most interesting facts about Bollywood that will, for sure, blow your mind!
No.1 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Indra Sabha- movie with the most number of songs.
Madan Theatres’ Indra Sabha, which debuted in February 1932, holds the world record for the most number of songs in any musical ever made. With a running time of 211 minutes, this epic musical movie based on Hindu mythology featured 72 songs in it which makes it to an average of one song in every three minute! Directed by JJ Madan and made after a year of India’s first talkie Alam Ara.
This revolutionary fantasy film covers a variety of music genres from Ghazals to Thumris and featured unconventional dance styles not common to that period. Made during the colonial times this movie and Devi Devyani marked the beginning of song-and-dance in India’s films. Yes, East India Company apparently produced movies too! This is one of the most interesting facts about Bollywood.
No.2 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Aamir Khan’s ‘Lagaan’ cast had the most number of British actors in a single movie in the history of Bollywood
“Shart yeh hai ki tum humko is khel mein haraao aur hum tumhara lagaan maaf kar dega”. The memorable dialogue of Captain Andrew Russell on which the entire film of Lagaan is centred on, was spoken by English actor Paul Blackthorne in the Oscar nominated film. Six months with a Hindi tutor Paul Blackthorne had spent to make his acting thoroughly impressive. British actress Rachel Shelley played the role of Elizabeth Russell who falls in love with Aamir’s character and plays a seminal role in teaching the Indians cricket.
With the presence of many other prominent actors like John Rowe, Jeremy Child and Ben Nealon, this epic movie had the most number of British actors in a single movie in the entire history of Bollywood. ‘Lagaan’ was also the first Indian film to premiere in China. Lesser known is the fact about Bollywood that this movie was one of the first sports films in the saga of Bollywood. This is one of the most interesting facts about Bollywood. The first cut of the film was 7 hours 30 minutes long.
No.3 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Sunil Dutt worked as an RJ for Radio Ceylon and had the desire to interview his favorite actress Nargis.
This legendary actor, producer, director, and politician, is symbolized by fans for his remarkable roles and exemplary style of acting in movies like Yaadein, Padosan, Waqt and so much more. But did you know that this classic figure started his career with a job as an RJ on the Hindi service of radio Ceylon, where he had to interview Nargis. A dream came true for the sweet lover boy. But the show was cancelled as Sunil Dutt could not utter a single word in front of her even after three failed interview attempts.
Later Ramesh Saigal discovered him and gave him a break in his 1955 starrer Railway Platform. Sunil and Nargis Dutt crossed each other’s paths at the sets of their film Mother India by filmmaker Mehboob Khan, wherein Nargis played the role of Dutt’s mother, oops! But soon it became a real life romance and they lived happily ever after. This is lesser known but most interesting facts about Bollywood.
No.4 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Raj Kapoor’s Awaara has much more to its kitty besides a super-hit film in Bollywood.
Childhood resemblance to Oliver Twist, trampled by fate ilke Oedipus and echoes of King Lear in his wanderings. The success of Raj Kapoor’s Awaara lies in its universality.
“Oh World, I am a wanderer in your puzzle!” So sings Awaara, Raj the vagabond. The movie became a source of optimism in Russia during the Second World War Hardships being faced by the poor from the country with an all time smiling face and buoyant rhythm made Raj Kapoor become a symbol of optimism for the Soviet people who were in a terrible condition, owing to the aftermath of the war.
Optimism of the charismatic actor inspired them to brave through hard times. Even prominent figures like ex-President Boris Yeltsin and powerful Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov could be heard humming Awara hoon song from the first Indian movie ever shown behind the Iron curtain. The Russian song ‘Song about yogis’ (1967) by Vladimir Vysotsky describes Raj Kapoor as one of the three best-known symbols of Indian culture along with Lord Shiva and Yoga. Quite interesting!
Isn’t it one of the most interesting facts about Bollywood ?
No.5 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Speaking of Raj Kapoor, did you know that his film Mera Naam Joker was the first Bollywood movie to have more than 1 interval? Now, you do.
The iconic film ‘Mera Naam Joker’ directed, produced and starred in by Raj Kapoor took 6 long years to complete. Longest movie Bollywood has ever made till date, ‘Mera Naam Joker’ has a run-time of 4 hours and 15 minutes. This resulted in two intervals in one viewing, which was the first of its sort. Raj Kapoor is also famous for having launched many famous actresses and introduced concepts alien to the then industry, like female protagonists.
This is definitely one of the most interesting facts about Bollywood.
No.6 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar has something surprising to talk about.
Imtiaz Ali wanted to make rockstar much before with John Abraham and Deepika Padukone but he couldn’t at that time. It was three years later the project saw action with the starring of Ranbir Kapoor. The actor (rather a perfectionist) used to spent a lot of time in the office of A.R. Rahman, learning to play the guitar so as not to just pretend during stage performances in the movie. No doubt, we love knowing such most interesting facts about Bollywood.
Rare is also the fact that the movie was actually shot in reverse, with the climax of the film being shot first. Wondering why?The filmmakers did not want to mess up Ranbir Kapoor’s hairstyle! Imtiaz Ali in an interview said that the character of Janardhan was also influenced by A.R. Rahman to some extent. Whoa…there are more things to know!
No.7 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Sridevi was at the age of 13 played Rajnikanth’s stepmom in a Tamil film ‘Moondru Mudichu.’
There is a less known fact about the great Sridevi!! The great actress Sridevi had played Rajinikanth’s mother in a film when she was just 13 year old and Rajini 25? Well that indeed happened and the film was 1976 Tamil film Moondru Mudichu. The film actually had
Rajinikanth’s character swooning over Sridevi’s character but in a twist of turns she ends up becoming his step mother.
Interstingly, 13 years after this film, superstar Sridevi and Rajinikanth played on screen lovers in 1989 cult hit ChaalBaaz. Even lesser is known the rare fact that Steven Spielberg wanted to cast this great actress for a brief role in Jurassic Park. But Sridevi refused since she was at the peak of her career. This is definitely most interesting fact about Bollywood.
No.8 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Did you know that ‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’ was included in the Guinness Book of Records?
‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’ which marked the entry of Hrithik Roshan and Amisha Patel in Bollywood was once included in the Guinness Book of World Records 2002 edition for winning the most number of awards for a movie.
The romantic-thriller which was helmed and produced by Rakesh Roshan won 92 awards, which was the maximum number of awards any Bollywood film had ever won. Interesting fact to know!! Right?
Hrithik even became the only actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Debut with the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the same film. Hrithik got over 30,000 marriage proposals after the release of the film. Whoa! Well, if you have watched the film, this shouldn’t be surprising! I count it as the most interesting fact about Bollywood.
No.9 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan hails from the bloodline of a very renowned revolutionary & illustrious writer, Maulana Abul Kalam Azaad.
The famous freedom fighter and philosopher Maulana Abul kalam Azad was Aamir Kna’s great grand uncle. Maulana Azad became the first Minister for Education in India post independence. Claiming that the message of his iconic film ‘3 Idiots’ was the same as given by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, ‘Just do what your heart says’, the actor says it is his dream to make a film on the life his great grand uncle.
This is the best among all the most interesting facts about Bollywood.
No.10 Most interesting fact about Bollywood
LOC: Kargil, at 4 hrs 25 min is the Longest Indian movie made so far.
This movie is J.P.Dutta’s second war drama outing with fastidiously crafted scenes that bring alive the bloody reality of war after Border. Not only was this one of the longest movies in the Bollywood, but also had the biggest star cast.
Mera Naam Joker at 4 hrs 14 min is a close second. One has to watch through interminably long and repetitive sequences that establish the film’s long line of characters, each with a reasonably attractive wife/lover pining for him at home.
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