Global Film Industry: The Influence of Bollywood on Hollywood

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Over the years, Bollywood has emerged as its own distinct identity in the global Film industry. Bollywood is the global leader in production of movies with a staggering 27,000 featured films and thousands of short films. ( Pillania 1) However, Hollywood is still the leader in revenues generated. Due to the growth of the Indian market and globalization, Bollywood has made its way to the international markets. Globalization is often misrepresented as the growing influence of the western culture in the world and so we tend to state that Hollywood is influencing Bollywood to a great extent. An argument can be made to justify the validity of that statement. However, this paper aims at presenting the influence of Bollywood on Hollywood in…show more content…
In addition, an independent research conducted in Bryant University suggest that out of 50 domestic students, 35 students like watching Indian movies whereas 8 did not like Bollywood movies and 7 have not watched it yet. Though the sample size is small, it serves to show that the domestic people are watching and accepting Bollywood movies. Netflix is an American internet based steaming media provider company which provides more than 100,000 movies. The most interesting fact is that 89% of the Foreign Movie section in Netflix, is Bollywood movies. Netflix has about 33.1 million viewers in United States alone and yet the “Most Watched Movie “and “Foreign Movie” section consist of many Bollywood movies. This shows that Bollywood has influenced the domestic audience as well the industry itself. The influence of Bollywood element and the Indian culture can be seen quite evidently in the music, dance and visual representation in Hollywood movies. A Bollywood movie is incomplete without music. They are quite different from Hollywood movies when it comes to introduction of music in a movie. In most Hollywood movies, the songs are played in the background to bring out the intensity of the situation presented. Music, in Hollywood, is seen as a catalyst to the emotions that the scene is intended to evoke. However, in Bollywood, music’s to facilities the plot line of the movie. It is not seen
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