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Hindi cinema, often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The term 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 Bollywood as its largest filmmaker, producing 364 Hindi films the same year. Bollywood represents 43 percent of Indian net box-office revenue; Tamil and Telugu cinema represent 36 percent, and the remaining regional cinema constituted 21 percent in 2014. Bollywood 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 Bollywood) reportedly sold an estimated 3.6 billion tickets worldwide, compared to Hollywood's 2.6 billion tickets sold. Bollywood films tend to use vernacular Hindustani, mutually intelligible by people who self-identify as speaking either Hindi or Urdu, and modern Bollywood movies increasingly incorporate elements of Hinglish.

The most popular commercial genre in Bollywood 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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Dabangg is a 2010 Indian action film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan under Arbaaz Khan Productions. The lead actors in the film include Arbaaz's elder brother, Salman Khan, and Sonakshi Sinha. The film marks the debuts of Sonakshi as an actor, Arbaaz as a producer and Kashyap as a director. The film is set in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and revolves around a police officer named Chulbul Pandey. Made with a budget of 30 crore and marketed at 12 crore, the film was shot primarily in the town of Wai, Maharashtra, while other major scenes were shot in the UAE. Dabangg was released on Eid, 10 September 2010 in nearly 1800 screens worldwide. The film opened to generally positive reviews and broke several box-office records upon release. The film went on to gross 215 crore worldwide and Box office India declared it an all-time blockbuster in the second week of its release. It is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010 and, as of 2012, the third highest–grossing Bollywood film of all time. Dabangg went on to win several awards, including six Filmfare Awards, seven Star Screen Awards and nine Zee Cine Awards. It also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

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Shriya Saran (born 11 September 1982), also known by the mononym Shriya, is an Indian film actress and model. She has worked in several of the regional industries of Indian cinema, having acted in Telugu-, Tamil-, Malayalam- and Hindi-language films, as well as a few films in English. Saran made her film debut in 2001 with the Telugu film Ishtam, and had her first commercial success with Santhosham (2002). She subsequently appeared in several more Telugu films, while making in-roads in the Hindi and Tamil film industries. In 2007, Saran starred in Sivaji: The Boss, the highest grossing Tamil film at that time. She also gained critical acclaim for her role in the 2007 Bollywood film Awarapan. In 2008, Saran played the lead role in her first English film, the American-Indian co-production The Other End of the Line. Her following projects included popular films such as Kanthaswamy (2009) in Tamil, and Pokkiri Raja (2010) in Malayalam, her roles in which have established her as one of the leading actresses in the South Indian film industries. Apart from her work in films, Saran has been the brand ambassador for several stores across India, endorsing beauty and health products.
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