Maya Sapera performing 'Kajra re'
Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, India. The name "Bollywood" is derived from Bombay (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry. The term "Bollywood" has origins in the 1970s, when India overtook America as the world's largest film producer. Credit for the term has been claimed by several people, including the lyricist, filmmaker and scholar Amit Khanna, and the journalist Bevinda Collaco.
Bollywood movies are only refering to the commercial Hindi film industries located in Mumbai, but besides this booming industry, many other filmcentra are spread all over India, adapted to the local traditions and languages.
The majority of Bollywoodfilms are filled with dance and music. Moreover, Bollywoodfilms can be compared with musicals placed on screen. Most stories are timeless stories about love with its complexities resulting in complicated plots and happy endings. Through this universal themes, Bollywood films are popular all over the world. But Bollywood is more than only love stories, every genre is produced in Mumbai, from action to cult film.
The songs of the films are becoming gigantic hit records all over India and dance steps are imitated on fancy parties. This rage has been spread all over. Dance classes 'Bollywood' to even 'Bollyrobics' are organized.
The music used in Bollywood films is very diverse. As a result the dance, which corresponds with this music, is difficult to define. Unlike other dance styles, Bollywood has no fixed framework in which it needs to be placed. Although every movement, every style is possible in Bollywood, there is one common factor; it needs to be performed with an Indian bodylanguage, which is a very abstract concept and can be interpreted in many ways. Some dances are Classical, other dances are folk-inspired, or modern, some dances are even western, oriental, salsa,... this rich mixtures are resulting into cheerful, catchy and energetic choreographies.