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Bollywood: The Global Cinema


Bollywood is the name of the India film industry. The actors usually speak Hindi in Bollywood films. Last year Bollywood sold a million more tickets than Hollywood.

Bollywood films are becoming very popular in western countries.
Bollywood films are often very long, sometimes as long as three hours. They include singing and dancing, and are often about love. They can be dramatic, but they can also be funny.
Songs are very important in Bollywood films. The actors sing about what is happening in the film. Bollywood films also usually have a scene where a pretty girl dances.
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Bollywood films are changing. The actors were not allowed to kiss before, but now it is becoming more common. The characters now meet at discos and go on dates. In earlier films, they used to meet at arranged marriages.
Two of the most famous stars in Bollywood are Aishwariya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan. Aishwariya won Miss World in 1995 before becoming an actress. Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most famous actors. He cannot leave his house without six bodyguards.

Shortcut activity:
These statements are false. Explain why.
a) Bollywood is the name of the American film industry.
b) Bollywood films are only popular in India.
c) Bollywood films are usually about one hour long.
d) Bollywood films are the same now as they were before.

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