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6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood and Tollywood


We’ve all heard of Bollywood, the place of the most dramatic yet most adorable and musical love stories in film. But did you know that Bollywood isn’t the only movie-making machine in India? In fact, India is the country that makes the most movies in the world. And here we thought it was the US with their Hollywood. But back to India, since there are over 20 languages spoken all over the country it makes sense that there would be movies made in many languages to represent and pleases audiences. Apart from Bollywood which is movies made in Hindi, there’s also Pollywood, Tollywood, and Chhollywood which are all about movies made in Punjabi, Telugu and Chhattisgarhi respectively. Here are more things you didn’t know about it.

1. India Makes More Movies Than US

We mentioned that India makes the most movies in a year, but let’s compare the numbers, shall we? When Hollywood produces a maximum of 700 movies a year, India does about 2000. However, their budgets and ticket prices are smaller and therefore the box offices make only about 2 billion compared to Hollywood’s 10+billions.

2. Bollywood Films Get More Awards

While we think that Oscar-winning movies are the ones that get the most awards it’s actually Bollywood movies that are way more celebrated when it comes to winning awards. “Titanic” got 10 Oscars and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won a record amount – 11. But that’s nothing in comparison to Bollywood’s “Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai”. That movie won 92 awards in various ceremonies and is in the Guinness book of records thanks to that.

3. Tollywood Star Holds Record For Screen Credits

You might not know who Brahmanandam Kanneganti but he’s the Tollywood star that holds the record for most screen credits. While Britain’s Christopher Lee has been in 244 movies in his lifetime, Brahmanandam has appeared in over a thousand. We don’t know how he does it, but you’ve got to admit that’s impressive, to say the least.

4. Tollywood Film Was Famous For The Wrong Reasons

The movie Rudhramadevi was supposed to be super big and impressive because it told the story of one of the few female rulers of the country and because they got a whole bunch of gold jewellery worth $700 000 for the actress to wear in the movie. But instead, the reason it was talked about is that there was a massive theft story, two boxes of that very expensive and ancient gold jewellery got stolen from the set.

5. Bollywood Star Played A Mother At The age of 13

Sridevi is a Bollywood legend. She started her career as a child actor but by the age of 13, she was offered the role of a university student and stepmother. How does a 13-year-old girl even get a part like that, not to mention actually succeed in playing the part? But Sridevi did a great job and it was that role that actually propelled her into stardom. Yeah, that’s very different to Hollywood where they have 30-year-olds playing teenagers on screen, isn’t it? It’s kind of the polar opposite, isn’t it?

6.Bollywood Star Who’s Actually French

Kalki Koechlin is a Bollywood actress that’s very well known in the Indian showbiz. She has been nominated and won many awards including the National Film Award – which is the most prestigious movie award in India. But what’s funny is that she’s not even Indian. She’s actually French, she was born in India to French parents. She’s a grand-daughter of the chief engineer of the Eiffel Tower. Kalki initially was turned down for the role that made her famous because she didn’t look the part.