25 Amazing Facts about Bollywood


2014 saw the completion of 100 years of Indian cinema. Bollywood constitutes an important part of Indian cinema. Here are 25 surprising and amazing facts about Bollywood.

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Ashok Kumar used to work as a lab assistant in the Bombay Talkies before he began his career as an actor in the year 1936.


The first motion picture in India was named ‘The Wrestlers’ which was screened by a portrait photographer named Harischandra Sakharam Bhatavdekar.


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Raj Thackeray once had a plan to make a film with Amitabh Bachchan in 2005.


The funniest fact is Waheeda Rahman has played the role of a mother as well as a lover to Amitabh Bachchan. In the film Adalat she played the role of a lover of Amitabh Bachchan and in the film Trishul she played the role of his mother.


Dimple Kapadia was only 16 years old when she made her debut with the film Bobby by Raj Kapoor.


The film ‘Mughal – E – Azam’ was a trilingual movie and was shot in Hindi, English, and Tamil.


The most surprising fact is out of superstitious belief, Raj Kapoor stopped drinking alcohol and eating non-vegetarian food before the release of the movie Satyam Shivan Sundaram.


Amitabh Bachchan is the most punctual actor of Bollywood as he used to reach the Filmistan studios much before the watchman or the gatekeeper and he would himself open the gates of the studios.


In the film ‘Heroine’ where Kareena Kapoor starred, it is said that she wore around 130 different dresses provided by various famous top designers from all over the world.


Saif Ali Khan was the original choice for the role of Raj Malhotra in the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge.


The movie Rockstar was shot in reverse as the filmmakers didn’t want to disturb Ranbir’s hairstyle.


Anil Kapoor’s family initially used to live in Raj Kapoor’s garage.


Dev Anand used to pick up the movie titles of his films from newspapers.


Hrithik Roshan had once orderd 50 books online on how to quit smoking and then distributed to his friends.


The longest film in the history of Bollywood is LOC Kargil which is 4 hours and 25 minutes long.


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The film Lagaan has the most number of British actors compared to any other movie in Indian Cinema.


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The song Choli Ke Peeche from Khalnayak was protested by almost 42 political parties.


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Salman khan has a hobby of collecting soaps.


The first foreigner who starred in Indian films was Australian born Nadia.


Actor Akshay Kumar is very superstitious. He starts writing on a new page by writing ‘OM’


Kaho Na Pyar Hai has won the most number of film awards and has thus been included in the Guinness Book of World Records.


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The longest Hindi song is Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon.


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Dilip Kumar has won the most number of awards for Best Actor.


Anurag Basu originally wanted Katrina Kaif to narrate the story in Barfi.


India still has fewer theatres than that of US

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