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Hindi cinema, often metonymously referred to as Bollywood and formerly known as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry, based in the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The term being a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood", Bollywood is a part of the larger cinema of India (also known as Indywood), which includes other production centers producing films in other Indian languages. Linguistically, Bollywood films tend to use a colloquial dialect of Hindi-Urdu, or Hindustani, mutually intelligible to both Hindi and Urdu speakers, while modern Bollywood films also increasingly incorporate elements of Hinglish.

Indian cinema is the world's largest film industry in terms of film production, with an annual output of 1,986 feature films , and Bollywood is its largest film producer, with 364 Hindi films produced annually . Bollywood represents 43% of Indian net box office revenue, while Tamil and Telugu cinema represent 36%, and the rest of the regional cinema constitute 21%, . Bollywood is thus one of the largest centers of film production in the world. In terms of ticket sales in 2001, Indian cinema (including Bollywood) reportedly sold an estimated 3.6 billion tickets annually across the globe, compared to Hollywood's 2.6 billion tickets sold.

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Agneepath is a 2012 Indian action drama film produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions. It is a retelling of the 1990 film of the same name and was directed by Johar's former assistant Karan Malhotra. Hrithik Roshan (pictured) plays the lead role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan and Sanjay Dutt plays the role of the antagonist Kancha Cheena, originally played by Amitabh Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa respectively; Rishi Kapoor portrays the newly introduced character of Rauf Lala. The supporting cast include Om Puri as Commissioner Gaitonde, Priyanka Chopra as Kaali Gawde and Zarina Wahab as Suhasini Chauhan, with Katrina Kaif featuring in an item number. The film follows the struggle of a common man, Vijay Chauhan, as he seeks revenge from Kancha Cheena for wrongly framing and murdering his father in the island village of Mandwa. In the process he befriends an underworld drug lord Rauf Lala and falls in love with a loquacious girl, Kaali Gawde. Agneepath was released on 26 January 2012 in 2650 screens worldwide, coinciding with the Republic Day celebrations. Made on a budget of 60 crore (US$8.3 million), the film broke the highest opening day collections record in India and became a major critical and commercial success, with a worldwide gross of 193 crore (US$27 million). Box Office India declared the film as a "super hit". Agneepath has since emerged as one of the highest grossing films of all time from Bollywood.

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Ranveer Singh (born 6 July 1985) is an Indian actor working in the Hindi film industry. Born in Mumbai, Singh intended to become an actor since childhood. However, during college he felt that the idea of acting was far-fetched and focused on creative writing. While pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Singh again became interested in acting and, after returning to India, started auditioning for lead roles in the Hindi film industry. In 2010, Singh auditioned for the lead role in the Yash Raj Films venture Band Baaja Baaraat, and was selected. The romantic comedy was set in the world of wedding planning and required Singh to portray a typical Delhi youth named Bittoo Sharma. The director of the film, Maneesh Sharma, sent him to the Delhi University campus during the recce of the film, and from there Singh drew his inspiration for the character. After its release, Band Baaja Baaraat became a critical and commercial success, with Singh's portrayal of Bittoo being lauded by critics. He went on to win the Best Male Debut award at the 56th Filmfare Awards. In 2011, he signed for his second film, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Maneesh Sharma. It was a mild success.

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Shriya Saran at the Mumbai Heroes match during the 2011 Celebrity Cricket League

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