Bollywood’s filmy facts you probably didn’t know!

There is something magical about the world of cinema. When it comes to Bollywood, movie buffs take their love and obsession to a whole new level. They know every dialogue, every behind-the-scene story, and even every last bit of gossip, revolving around Bollywood films. We tried digging a little deeper and extracting a few facts that we think even hardcore Bollywood buffs will not know. Here they are:

Bollywood was born 11 years before Hollywood! Bollywood’s first production was an 1899 short film, whereas Hollywood’s first film came out in 1910.


Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker was the first Hindi movie to have not one, but two intervals. Aamir Khan’s Dhobi Ghaat, on the other hand, released without an interval!


Indians buy 2.7 billion movie tickets annually, the highest in the world. Since our average ticket price is among the lowest in the world, revenues are a fraction compared to Hollywood.

The film with the most number of songs ever is (surprise, surprise) a Bollywood movie! With a whopping 71 songs, Indar Sabha (1932) claimed this title with ease and has never even had a close competitor.

Bhanu Athaiya was the first Indian ever to win the prestigious Academy Award. She’s been associated with the industry for over 50 years now and she won the award for the ‘Best Costume Deisgner’ for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi in 1982.

Bollywood viewership is pegged at anywhere between 3 billion and 4 billion — which is more than half the population of our planet! It overtook Hollywood in 2004 and has been leading viewership numbers ever since.


The Bachchans hold the Guinness World record for being the only father-son duo to have played reversed roles on-screen in Paa.


The film Kaho Naa.. Pyar Hai has been added in the Guinness Book of World Records’ 2002 edition for being the film to have won the largest number of awards. It won a whopping 92 awards the year after its release!

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Rajnikanth never said “Enna Rascala!”

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