The Bollywood movie industry began in silence in 1913 with the film Raja Harischandra. When sound movies became popular during the 1930’s Hindi movies were ranked among the top despite the depression the country was experiencing. Most people think of Bollywood as India’s version of Hollywood, but in fact, the Indian version of Hollywood started with Tollygunge. Tollygunge was the hub of Bengali film making in the early years. By the 50’s, the Hindi movie industry was booming with success and this relation did not surface until the 1970’s when Mumbai was still identified as Bombay.
Madhubala, the lead actress of the most highly ranked movie of all Bollywood movies, was one of the most beautiful of all time. Mughal-e-azam, released in 1960, is the top rated Hindi movie followed by Mother India released in 1957 starring Nargis; another beautiful and naturally talented Hindi actress.
Since the apex of the 1950’s, Bollywood has made its way around the world earning awards and achieving international acclaim. Most recently, the movie industry took its popularity to the bank thanks to the movie Slum Dog Millionaire starring the lovely Freida Pinto as lead Hindi actress. Actor Dev Patel played her love interest. This movie won eight of 10 nominations including best picture in 2009.
When it comes to beautiful Hindu actresses, Freida Pinto is joined by many others who have made names for themselves since the days of Nargis and Madhubala. The toy manufacturer Mattel is considering making a doll in the image of Hindi actress Katrina Kaif who plays lead in Love Aaj Kaal. There is no shortage of beauty when casting is implemented for lovely leading ladies for the movies.
These movies are more frequently incorporating the English language in its films, adding more depth and dimension to these works of art. This language merger could mean seeing your favorite actress broaden her scope of possibilities from Bollywood to Hollywood.