How Many Movies Does Bollywood Release per Year?

India’s film industry, commonly referred to as Bollywood, releases more than 1,000 films per year. That is more than double the number of films released by its American counterpart, Hollywood. Bollywood, which is based in Mumbai, began in 1913 and spread in popularity in India and nearby countries, such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Indian films also are popular in countries that have large Indian or Pakistani communities, such as the United Kingdom. Although Bollywood makes more films than Hollywood, Bollywood's ticket prices and audience sizes are smaller, so its annual profit is less than 10% of Hollywood's, on average.

More about Bollywood:

  • Since 1954, Bollywood movies generally have not featured kissing, because of protests by women who claim that it would corrupt viewing audiences.

  • The average Bollywood film costs $1.5 million US Dollars (USD) to produce — a fraction of the average Hollywood film budget of more than $45 million USD.

  • Only about 4% of the estimated 1.2 billion people in India actually go to the movies on a regular basis.

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Has anyone here watched Indian films? And if so, how much do they differ from ours? Besides, having better standards than Hollywood. I have a feeling that if I were to watch a Bollywood film, I'd get a sense of culture shock, since Indian culture is so much different from ours. It almost makes me wonder what they think of our films.

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@Viranty - I agree with you. I mean, just look at Hollywood, which is completely shameless. It's a corrupted industry filled with sex, drugs, money, and violent scenes. Also, I noticed how in the article, it says that Bollywood movies don't have kissing. I find this to be kind of funny because as I just stated, it's the exact opposite in the realm of Hollywood.

This is just my opinion, but I feel that as Americans, we have become completely desensitized to what's going on around us, and to violent movies in general. This is a great article that indirectly compares and contrasts Bollywood and Hollywood.

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Because I don't live in India, I'm not all that familiar with the concept of "Bollywood". Maybe I should watch one of their movies someday. After reading this article, I can clearly see how their standards are different than ours, especially in reference to Hollywood. Also, why is it that so few people go to the movies in India? That's really quite odd.

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