Hindi cinema, previously called Bombay cinema and now more commonly known as Bollywood, is the national Hindi-speaking film industry in India. The diminutive word is actually a portmanteau of both” bombings” and” Hindi.” Like its forerunner, Hollywood, Bollywood churns out films with catchy tunes and a complex story line, but the difference is that Bollywood churns out movies almost on a daily basis, while Hollywood makes just one a year. The competition between Bollywood’s directors and producers is equally intense as that between Hollywood’s A-list actors and actresses.
Over the last few decades, Bollywood has achieved near universal acclaim and respectability in national circles, especially among the younger generation. Thanks to a number of popular foreign movies made in India, particularly by directors such as Satya, Mumbai has become home to many of Hollywood’s top A-list talents. Recent successes by Indian movies such as Kaal Bhai Dooj (The Missing Girl), Hatha Mumbai (The Hatha Boys) and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (The Good Wife) have also helped bollywood gain much popularity among the international film critics and fans. A recent release, Maqbool Fida Husain and Sharukh Khan’s Baahubali (The Desperate Brothers), based on an English novel, has also gained much attention and appreciation in the international film fraternity. Other notable Indian names in the Bollywood industry include Aishwarya Rai and Priyadarshan Soman Nair, who both have hit big with their roles in Baahubali and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani respectively.
However, while Aishwarya Rai and Sharukh Khan are popular among the international film fraternity, India’s most popular actor-turned-actress-turned director-turned-actor, Trupti Singh is making waves on the Hindi soil. Her last two films, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (Ace of Spades) and Baahubali: The Legend of Kayani Kar Gaye, have been immensely successful, earning her international accolades and adding sheen to her portfolio. Trupti’s other credits include Rajkumar Kohli’s Baahubali, Shailja Hinduay’s Kural, Priyadarshan Soman Nair’s Baahubali 2, and Ajit Doval’s Zorar ka Ghazab Kahani. She has since appeared in other Hindi films, too, such as Baahubali: The Imposter, and Ajahn ke salon.
One might wonder why Trupti would be receiving recognition in the field of bollywood when she first joined hands with Rajinikanth in the mid-1990s. But Trupti was an important part of Rajinikanth’s career, which began to take shape during the mid-nineties – the decade when the supergroup of Raavanan, comprising Manjiri, Girish, and Kanakya rose to popularity. In fact, she contributed significantly to their success through her vocal talents, which helped them develop a unique sound that was a distinct trademark of their music. Now that she’s back in Bollywood, she’s been given a major break in Hindi films, where she’ll be playing the role of a vital female character in a new Hindi film called Baahubali.
Directed by S.S. Rajamouli, Baahubali is set to open on December 10, but it doesn’t sound like we’re going to be seeing much from Trupti, who’ll only be playing the lead role of Durga – daughter of the demon king Bhagirath. But fans of bollywood’s supergroups won’t be disappointed, because there’s still plenty to look forward to in this film! Here are some things we know about Baahubali:
First, the film is set in ancient maharajas (kingdoms) in the Thar Desert of India. The setting is vividly portrayed through the use of colorful costumes, eye-catching set design, and authentic-looking settings. Some of the most prominent characters in the film have been highlighted for posterity, including Durga who plays the role of the immortal Rahu, while Namrata Karan as the warrior princess Prabhas is also getting a lot of time on screen. This is Baahubali’s first ever film outside of the producer’s home country, and the makers are trying their best to make sure it lives up to the quality of their recent predecessors, Rajneeti. Whether you’re a fan of Bombay movies or not, you’re bound to be intrigued by Baahubali!
Second, contrary to what most people think, the Hindi language does not play a huge part in the movie at all. The story is in English, but the language is only occasionally used to give exposition, as it is reserved for crucial plot points. The audience is therefore given the full experience of the Rajasthani royal family struggling to maintain the integrity of their society, and this, in the larger context, is what makes bollywood so interesting. Although the movie is largely in Hindi, it manages to speak to audiences across the world, thanks to the efforts of directors and producers who are willing to invest in promoting the Hindi language.
Finally, bollywood has always managed to adapt to changing times and trends, and no trend is more indicative of this than the rise of’Mumbai Mumbai Dance’. This genre of film was unheard of during the earlier days of bollywood, when bollywood was strictly for men and women who were interested in singing, dancing and romantic scenes. However, thanks to super hit movies such as Aishwarya Rai and Rajkumar Kohli’s Mankatha, there is a segment of the audience that has started appreciating bollywood for its gender-swapping action and the breaking away from traditional norms. Nowadays, you’ll find bollywood films directed towards women, which have more romantic and touching endings than their male counterparts.