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Hindi cinema, popularly known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The popular term Bollywood, used to refer to mainstream Hindi cinema, is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". The industry is part of the larger Indian cinema—the world's largest by number of feature films produced, along with the Cinema of South India and other Indian film industries.

In 2017, Indian cinema produced 1,986 feature films, with the Hindi film industry as its largest filmmaker, producing 364 Hindi films the same year. , 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 has overtaken the U.S. film industry to become the largest centre for film production in the world. In 2001 ticket sales, Indian cinema (including Hindi films) reportedly sold an estimated 3.6 billion tickets worldwide, compared to Hollywood's 2.6 billion tickets sold. 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; the first Indian musical talkie was Alam Ara (1931), several years after the first Hollywood musical talkie 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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Rockstar is 2011 Bollywood musical romantic drama film directed by Imtiaz Ali, starring Ranbir Kapoor (pictured) and debutant Nargis Fakhri, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film also stars Shammi Kapoor, Moufid Aziz, Aditi Rao Hydari, Piyush Mishra, Shernaz Patel and Kumud Mishra, with the former making his last film appearance. Rockstar was produced by Eros International Ltd. along with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. It follows Janardhan Jakhar, who dreams of becoming a big rockstar. He undergoes an emotional change to do so and, during the process, he goes to Prague to follow a girl named Heer. Development of Rockstar commenced in May 2010. Nargis Fakhri was cast as the female lead, after plans to give the role to Kareena Kapoor were shelved. Filming in India took place at Delhi, Kashmir, Mumbai and Dharamsala, while the foreign sequences were shot in Prague. Rockstar was released on 11 November 2011. Upon release, the film received positive to mixed reviews. Film critics highlighted Ranbir and Rahman as the stars of the film, but panned the plot. Rockstar performed well at the box office, appealing to youngsters in the cities. Ranbir's character brought him awards for best actor from Filmfare and Star Screen.

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R. Madhavan (born 1 June 1970) is an Indian actor, writer, film producer and television host. He has been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal, appearing in films from eight different languages. Madhavan began his acting career with television guest appearances, including a role on the Zee TV prime-time soap opera Banegi Apni Baat in 1996. After appearing in commercials and in small roles, he later gained recognition in Mani Ratnam's romantic film Alaipayuthey (2000). In the mid 2000s Madhavan also pursued a career in Hindi films, writing the dialogue for the comedy Ramji Londonwaley, before appearing in supporting roles in two big-budget productions, Rang De Basanti and Guru. He also played a critically acclaimed role in the Rajkumar Hirani's 2009 blockbuster, 3 Idiots. Madhavan has been a brand ambassador appearing in many commercials, whilst he has also played television hosts to Hindi television programmes, most notably Deal Ya No Deal in 2006. He is married to Sarita Birje and has a young son. He has supported PETA in India and has appeared in events organised for the group's promotion. Madhavan owns a production company named Leukos Films, which produced his 2007 film Evano Oruvan.

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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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