Bollywood is India’s biggest film industry, and its influence extends far beyond the borders of the country. What do you know about Indian cinema?
India has a rich history of filmmaking dating back to the early 20th century. The Hindi language was developed specifically for films, and the industry grew rapidly after independence from Britain in 1947. Today, Bollywood remains one of the largest movie industries in the world.
Here are 11 facts about Bollywood that you probably didn’t know.
1. Hrithik Roshan
The Greek God of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan didn’t actually make his on-screen debut with the film Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai, but he did appear as a dancer in the film Asha. At that time the actor was only 6 years old.
2. Farhan Akhtar
Many of you may not know this, but even Farhan Akhtar made his Hollywood debut in 2004. According to reports, the actor penned the lyrics for the blockbuster film Bride and Prejudice, which also featured Aishwarya Rai in the lead role. Apparently, she collaborated with her sister for the film’s songs as per Javed Akhtar’s recommendation. This is news to us!
At the time Sholay was being made, Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s love story was flourishing to such an extent that the former paid extra money to the light boys during the shoot. Wonder why? The actor, apparently, wanted to continue shooting romantic scenes with Hema Malini again and again.
Many of us believe that the dialogue of Enna Rascala was originally by Rajinikanth but this is not true. The tagline Enna Rascala, Mind it, yes, became very popular and even if one is not associated with South Indian films, most of us know this line and have heard it a lot. But it turns out, the actor never used it. This dialogue was actually dubbed into a Tamil film and is somehow linked to Rajinikanth but its original source is unclear.
5. Amitabh Bachchan
Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan also has a hidden talent, which never came to light. The actor is actually ambidextrous when it comes to writing, meaning he has the ability to write with both his right and left hand.
6. Kareena Kapoor Khan
Can you imagine if Kareena Kapoor’s name is ‘Suddhima’? We can’t be sure, but apparently, that should have been his name. Kareena is actually inspired by a book, which her mother Babita was reading when she was pregnant. The book she was reading was ‘Anna Karenina’ by author Leo Tolstoy and that is why she got the name Karenina. so happy!
7. Shah Rukh Khan
The king of Bollywood, SRK, has undoubtedly impressed us with his romantic dialogues and acting skills. The actor was a huge fan of watching Hindi films as a child, but when it came to curriculum, Hindi was his least favorite subject. His mother apparently helped him and made a deal, that if he scored well in the subject, she would take him to see a movie. The actor worked hard and scored well, and he was rewarded by seeing Dev Anand’s Joshi.
8. Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan is called a perfectionist for a reason. The actor is not only good at acting but has also played tennis in school at the national level. Not only this, but Aamir also learned chess from his grandmother, when he was just 6 years old. Apart from playing games on the sets of his films, he has also played chess with champion Viswanathan Anand.
9. Mahesh Bhatt’s daughters Pooja and Alia Bhatt have an age gap of 21 years
Mahesh Bhatt’s first daughter, Pooja Bhatt is 43 while his youngest, Alia Bhatt is 22.
10. Shatrugan Sinha’s daughter Sonakshi looks like a spitting image of his ex Reena Roy
Rumors still exist of Sonakshi being Reena Roy’s real daughter – but what’s crazy is their uncanny resemblance!
11. Kareena Kapoor attended Saif Ali Khan’s first wedding
Kareena Kapoor apparently attended her now-husband’s first wedding to his ex, Amrita Singh when she was just 10.