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Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The name "Bollywood" is a portmanteau derived from Bombay and Hollywood (B (ombay-H) ollywood), the center of the American film industry. However, unlike Hollywood, Bollywood does not exist as a physical place. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world.

Bollywood is formally referred to as Hindi cinema. Dialogues are usually written in unadorned Hindi that would be understood by the largest possible audience. There has been a growing presence of Indian English in the dialogue and songs as well. Bollywood films are mostly musicals, and are expected to contain catchy music, usually a mixture of Indian and Western music, in the form of song-and-dance numbers woven into the script. Bollywood plots have tended to be melodramatic. They frequently employ formulaic ingredients such as star-crossed lovers and angry parents, love triangles, family ties, sacrifice, corrupt politicians, kidnappers, conniving villains, courtesans with hearts of gold, long-lost relatives and siblings separated by fate, dramatic reversals of fortune, and convenient coincidences. Bollywood Cinema is viewed by millions worldwide.

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Rockstar is 2011 Bollywood musical romantic drama film directed by Imtiaz Ali, starring Ranbir Kapoor (pictured) and debutant Nargis Fakhri, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film also stars Shammi Kapoor, Moufid Aziz, Aditi Rao Hydari, Piyush Mishra, Shernaz Patel and Kumud Mishra, with the former making his last film appearance. Rockstar was produced by Eros International Ltd. along with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. It follows Janardhan Jakhar, who dreams of becoming a big rockstar. He undergoes an emotional change to do so and, during the process, he goes to Prague to follow a girl named Heer. Development of Rockstar commenced in May 2010. Nargis Fakhri was cast as the female lead, after plans to give the role to Kareena Kapoor were shelved. Filming in India took place at Delhi, Kashmir, Mumbai and Dharamsala, while the foreign sequences were shot in Prague. Rockstar was released on 11 November 2011. Upon release, the film received positive to mixed reviews. Film critics highlighted Ranbir and Rahman as the stars of the film, but panned the plot. Rockstar performed well at the box office, appealing to youngsters in the cities. Ranbir's character brought him awards for best actor from Filmfare and Star Screen.

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Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar (1920 – 2012), often referred to by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician and composer who played the sitar. He has been described as the most known contemporary Indian musician. Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother, Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study the sitar, playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray; he also served as music director of All India Radio in New Delhi from 1949 to 1956. In 1956, he began to tour Europe and America playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there through his teaching, performing, and association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock artist George Harrison of The Beatles. Shankar engaged Western music by writing concerti for the sitar and orchestra and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992, he served as a nominated member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and has received three Grammy Awards. He continued to perform in the 2000s, often with his daughter Anoushka.

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Amitabh Bachchan, photographed by Studio Harcourt, Paris

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Awards: Bollywood Movie Awards (defunct) • Filmfare AwardsGlobal Indian Film Awards (defunct) • International Indian Film Academy AwardsNational Film AwardsScreen AwardsStar Guild AwardsStardust AwardsZee Cine Awards

Institutions Asian Academy of Film & TelevisionCentral Board of Film CertificationDirectorate of Film FestivalsFilm and Television Institute of IndiaFilm CityFox Star StudiosNational Film Development Corporation of IndiaSatyajit Ray Film and Television Institute

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