Bollywood : The Bollywood Musical Subgenre

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Lobna Mahdi ETS 4U1 Ms. Munro 19/05/2015 The Bollywood Musical Subgenre Bollywood is a musical subgenre known across the world for its dramatic storylines and catchy, choreographed songs. According to the 2005 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, Bollywood is “a name for the Indian popular film industry, based in Bombay. Origin 1970s. Blend of Bombay and Hollywood.” Quite simply, the ‘B’ from Bombay, a city in India now known as Mumbai, was used to replace the ‘H’ in “Hollywood” only to produce “Bollywood.” It is important to note, however, that not all Indian films are Bollywood movies; Bollywood is representative of Mumbai and is made primarily in Hindi, one of India’s many spoken languages. Tollywood is another form of Indian cinema and its movies are made in Bengali and Telugu. In fact, in his article, “Surviving Bollywood,” Madhava Prasad explains that the word Bollywood is actually based on “Tollywood.” In 1932, Wilford E. Deming, an American Engineer who claims to have supervised India’s first sound picture, helped come up with the name for Tollywood. He writes in his book, American Cinematographer, “In passing it might be explained that our Calcutta studio was located in the suburb of Tollygunge…Tolly being a proper name and Gunge meaning locality. After studying the disadvantages of Hollygunge, we decided on Tollywood” (Prasad, 41). From there came Bollywood and its representation of Bombay cinema. Along with the name comes considerable controversy, many fans

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