Five Distinct Characteristics Of Bollywood Movies

Five Distinct Characteristics Of Bollywood Movies

Google 'Dola Re' or 'Pinga' and you will see just how intense some of the dance performances are.
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Bollywood! Grand, glamorous and a little cheesy sometimes but it’s still entertaining and a great way to spend some time with your family and friends. Now you may be asking yourself “What is Bollywood?” Let me explain and guide you through the colorful and explosive world of Hindi Cinema a.k.a Bollywood.

Bollywood is a portmanteau or combination of two words- Bombay and Hollywood. Bombay, today known as Mumbai is the hub of Hindi film production and is located on the west coast of India. Bollywood is a multi-million-dollar industry, producing a whopping 1000 movies a year! Bollywood movies are becoming increasingly popular around the world which inspired me to come up with five distinct traits of any Bollywood movie.

  1. Bollywood movies are long! – If you ever decide to watch a Bollywood movie, be prepared to be transported to an entirely different universe for at least 3 hours. In fact, almost all Bollywood movies need to have intervals about half way through their movies to keep their audiences engaged with the story. Now you may ask yourself “3 hours! Why?” The reason is simple- emotional investment in the story. Indian filmmakers believe that with a longer movie, the audiences will immerse themselves in the story and can better relate to characters. Not only that but Indians are also used to long durations of entertainment. Our weddings can go on for 7 days and festivals during the year last from 7 to 15 days. With so much entertainment around us, it’s fair to say that we expect movies to keep our attention all afternoon.
  2. Bollywood movies are explosively colorful- Bollywood movies are known for their over-the-top costumes, makeup and neon colors, especially women. Women in Bollywood movies are impeccably dressed in traditional saris, heavy jewelry, and copious amounts makeup. Indians love color and vibrancy in everything and we are not ones to hold back. Subtlety is non-existent in Bollywood and we are perfectly happy with that.
  3. Bollywood movies have repetitive plots- A lot of Bollywood movies have one thing in common and that is their story line. One of our tried and tested plots involves the protagonist (usually a male) falling in love with a woman from a rich aristocratic family. The story revolves around the protagonist and his lady love fighting all odds to marry and after a lot of dancing, fighting, and crying, they are finally united. Now isn’t that sweet? This type of story line has been used time and again and it is endearing to see it in all different forms and scenarios as it shows that love conquers all. We are passionate people and we like the drama quotient amped up all the way
  4. Bollywood movies have a lot of music and dancing- Bollywood movies are incomplete without music and dancing. Imagine pancakes without any maple syrup on it or an ice-cream sundae without whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Indian filmmakers use music and dance to spice up their movies as well as a way for audiences to remember a movie. Some compositions are so memorable that they have reignited an interest in movies from the 1970’s and 1980s. Google 'Dola Re' or 'Pinga' and you will see just how intense some of the dance performances are.
  5. Bollywood movies always have a happy ending- “And they all lived happily ever after” is something Bollywood movies exemplify to all its might. Almost all Bollywood movies end with the protagonist and his lady love tying the knot or two feuding families reuniting or the antagonist being punished for his wrongdoings. Having closure is a trademark feature of a lot of Bollywood movies as we like our stories to have a definite end.

Let’s not have a closure for this article, though! Leave a comment below telling us about your first or your most memorable Bollywood experience.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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