Interesting Facts of Bollywood You Must Know

Bollywood, formerly known as Bombay cinema is India’s multibillion-dollar film industry based in Mumbai. In the 1970s the word ‘Bollywood’ was coined from the two words, Bombay and Hollywood; at that time India became the world’s largest film producer instead of America.

Although lots of Indians love to engage in online sports betting on betting sites like a whole lot more love the pastime of watching Bollywood movies, statistics show that Around 14 million Indians go to the cinema every day, which equates to 1.4% of the entire population.

As a fan of Bollywood movies, these interesting facts will test your knowledge about Bollywood you have probably never heard of before.

  1. ‘The Wrestlers’, shot in 1899, was the first motion picture shot in India. However, the first wholly Indian-produced film was ‘Raja Harishchandra released in 1913.
  2. In the 1970s, India overtook America as the world’s largest film producer. 
  3. Devika Rani was the first Indian actress to bag a degree in film-making.
  4. Aamir Khan‘s ‘Lagaan’ had the highest number of British actors ever cast in a Bollywood production.
  5. Bollywood produces around 1000 films every year – almost double the output of Hollywood.
  6. In the movie, ‘heroine’ Kareena Kapoor wore over 130 different dresses by top fashion designers from all over the world. Kareena’s wardrobe for the film is reportedly the most expensive of all Bollywood movies ever created.

    Photo by Kunal Pamar on Unsplash
    Photo by Kunal Pamar on Unsplash

  7. Two Bollywood songs ‘Ye Mera Dil Yaar Ka Diwana’ (1978) and ‘Ae Nujawan Hai Sub’ (1972) inspired The Black Eyed Peas’ song ‘Don’t Phunk with My Heart’.
  8. Raj Kapoor’s ‘Mera  Naam  Joker ‘was the first Hindi movie to have two intervals.
  9. ‘Indra Sabha’, an opera about a prince’s romance with a fairy, has an incredible 71 songs in it – the most in any Indian film.
  10. Ashok Kumar was a lab assistant in Bombay Talkies before he became an actor in 1936.
  11. The highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time is the 2014 satirical science fiction comedy PK. It grossed around $100 million.
  12. ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (The Brave Hearted Will Take Away The Bride) has run at a Mumbai cinema for around 1000 undeterred weeks. It is one of Bollywood’s most influential films of all time.
  13. Bollywood star Amjad Khan was almost dropped from the movie ‘Sholay’ in 1975 because the scriptwriter found his voice too weak For Gabbar Singh’s role.
  14. Fatima Begum became Indian cinema’s first female director in 1926 with Bulbul-e-Pakistan.
  15. Walk of the Stars in Bandra, Mumbai, honors Bollywood film stars. Many famous Indian actors are honored with an autograph, tile, or statue.
  16. Actress Kalki Koechlin’s great-grandfather Maurice Koechlin was the chief  engineer for the  construction of the Eiffel Tower  in Paris, and also the iconic  Statue of liberty.’
  17.  Bollywood films are produced in the following languages: Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu.
  18. Mumbai gang members shot Bollywood actor, producer, and director Rakesh Roshan in 2000. Thankfully, he survived the attack.
  19. The longest ever kiss in a Bollywood film stands at four minutes. Devika Rani and her real-life husband Himanshu Rai shared the embrace in the 1933 film Karma. The movie is also credited as having Bollywood’s first song in English.
  20. Dilip Kumar and Shahrukh Khan have both won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor a record eight times. Amitabh Bachchan has the record for most nominations, with 30.
  21. Superstar Salman Khan is reportedly the highest-paid Bollywood star receiving 55 Crore (just under £6 million) for every film.
  22. The longest Indian movie song was ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon’ in a movie by the same name. The song lasted for 20 minutes.