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Musical comedy in Bollywood

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It's surprising, perhaps, that Bollywood, a contraction of Bombay and Hollywood, has not been renamed ‘Mumllywood'. The mecca of the film industry, here most films are made in ‘Hinglish'.

Bollywood, a tremendous phenomenon in India before becoming a worldwide marvel 15 years ago, continues to grow and seduce. If you are interested in the 7th art, you can visit the Bollywood Film City in Mumbai. Established in 1977, it is one of the largest film studios in India. Access to places being limited, an organised visit with a tour operator guarantees a quality visit.

For 20 years, most films have been made in ‘Hinglish', a contraction of Hindi and English, which greatly helped international distribution and giving India an increasing influence on world cinema. Witness the return of the movie musical in films like Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann), and the success of Bride and Prejudice (Gurinder Chadha) and Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle), which have reached international audiences. The first Indian feature film, Raja Harishchandra, was made in 1913 and lasts 40 minutes.

The director Dhundiraj Govind Phalke toiled mostly on the casting, as all the female roles had to be played by men…

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