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Hindi cinema, popularly known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, refers to the film industry based in Mumbai, engaged in production of motion pictures in Hindi language. The popular term Bollywood is a portmanteau of "Bombay" (former name of Mumbai) and "Hollywood". The industry is a part of the larger Indian cinema, which also includes South Indian cinema and other smaller film industries.

In 2017, Indian cinema produced 1,986 feature films, of which the largest number, 364 have been in Hindi. , Hindi cinema represented 43 percent of Indian net box-office revenue; Tamil and Telugu cinema represented 36 percent, and the remaining regional cinema constituted 21 percent. Hindi cinema is one of the largest centres for film production in the world. Hindi films sold an estimated 341 million tickets in India in 2019. Earlier Hindi films tended to use vernacular Hindustani, mutually intelligible by speakers of either Hindi or Urdu, while modern Hindi productions increasingly incorporate elements of Hinglish.

The most popular commercial genre in Hindi cinema since the 1970s has been the masala film, which freely mixes different genres including action, comedy, romance, drama and melodrama along with musical numbers. Masala films generally fall under the musical film genre, of which Indian cinema has been the largest producer since the 1960s when it exceeded the American film industry's total musical output after musical films declined in the West. Dadasaheb Phalke's silent film Raja Harishchandra (1913) is the first feature length film made in India. The first Indian musical talkie was Alam Ara (1931), four years after the first Hollywood sound film The Jazz Singer (1927).

Alongside commercial masala films, a distinctive genre of art films known as parallel cinema has also existed, presenting realistic content and avoidance of musical numbers. In more recent years, the distinction between commercial masala and parallel cinema has been gradually blurring, with an increasing number of mainstream films adopting the conventions which were once strictly associated with parallel cinema. (Full article...)

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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a 2011 Bollywood coming-of-age film, directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment. The music and score is composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The film features an ensemble cast including Hrithik Roshan as Arjun, Abhay Deol as Kabir and Farhan Akhtar as Imraan. It also stars Katrina Kaif as Laila, Kalki Koechlin as Natasha, and Ariadna Cabrol as Nuria along with Naseeruddin Shah as Imraan's father. Initially expected to hit theatres on 27 May 2011, the release of the film was pushed back to 24 June, and once again to 15 July due to technical glitches in post-production. Made on a budget of 55 crore (US$6.9 million), the film was shot in Spain, UK, India, Egypt and Morocco. The story follows three friends, Arjun, Imraan and Kabir, who have been inseparable since their childhood. They set off to Spain on a bachelor trip and meet Laila, who falls in love with Arjun and helps him overcome his problem of workaholism. Kabir and his fiancée experience significant misunderstanding. After solving the problem, the three go to different locations in Spain, where each friend chooses a sport for the group to attempt. The film had a wide release in 1800 screens and was a critical and commercial success. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara grossed 153 crore (US$19 million) worldwide and is the eleventh highest grossing Bollywood film. After its theatrical run, the film was nominated for several awards in various categories, winning many of them.

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Riya Sen (born 24 January 1981) is an Indian film actress and model. Riya, who comes from a family of actors including her grandmother Suchitra Sen, mother Moon Moon Sen and sister Raima Sen, began her acting career in 1991 as a child actress in the film Vishkanya. Her first commercially successful role was in N. Chandra's Style, a low-budget Hindi sex comedy released in 2001. Some of her other films include producer Pritish Nandy's musical, Jhankaar Beats (2003) in Hinglish, Shaadi No. 1 (2005) and the Malayalam horror film Anandabhadram (2005). Riya was first recognised as a model when she performed in Falguni Pathak's music video Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi at the age of sixteen. Since then, she has appeared in music videos, commercials, fashion shows, and on magazine covers. Riya has worked as an activist and appeared in an AIDS awareness video with the aim of dispelling common myths about the disease. She has also helped raise funds for pediatric eye-care. Riya has faced controversies such as an MMS clip with actor Ashmit Patel, her semi-nude photograph on Dabboo Ratnani's annual calendar and her on-screen kisses in a conservative Indian film industry.

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Anu Malik, Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh with Raveena Tandon on Raveena's NDTV chat show
Anu Malik, Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh with Raveena Tandon on Raveena's NDTV chat show
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Anu Malik, Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh with Raveena Tandon at Raveena's NDTV chat show


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Institutions Asian Academy of Film & TelevisionCentral Board of Film CertificationDirectorate of Film FestivalsFilm and Television Institute of IndiaFilm CityFox Star StudiosNational Film Development Corporation of IndiaSatyajit Ray Film and Television Institute

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