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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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Dabangg is a 2010 Indian action film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan under Arbaaz Khan Productions. The lead actors in the film include Arbaaz's elder brother, Salman Khan, and Sonakshi Sinha. The film marks the debuts of Sonakshi as an actor, Arbaaz as a producer and Kashyap as a director. The film is set in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and revolves around a police officer named Chulbul Pandey. Made with a budget of 30 crore and marketed at 12 crore, the film was shot primarily in the town of Wai, Maharashtra, while other major scenes were shot in the UAE. Dabangg was released on Eid, 10 September 2010 in nearly 1800 screens worldwide. The film opened to generally positive reviews and broke several box-office records upon release. The film went on to gross 215 crore worldwide and Box office India declared it an all-time blockbuster in the second week of its release. It is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010 and, as of 2012, the third highest–grossing Bollywood film of all time. Dabangg went on to win several awards, including six Filmfare Awards, seven Star Screen Awards and nine Zee Cine Awards. It also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

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Priyanka Chopra at Filmfare Awads 2013
Priyanka Chopra (born 18 July 1982) is an Indian film actress and singer, and was the winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000. Through her successful film career, Chopra has become one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular celebrities in India. She has received numerous awards and nominations. Although Chopra at one time aspired to study engineering or psychiatry, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which came as a result of her pageant wins, making her acting debut in the Tamil film Thamizhan (2002). The following year, she starred in The Hero, her first Hindi film release, and followed it with the box-office hit Andaaz. She subsequently earned wide critical recognition for her role in Aitraaz (2004). By 2006, Chopra had established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema with starring roles in the highly successful films Krrish and Don. After receiving mixed reviews for a series of unsuccessful films, she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of unconventional characters in films like Fashion, Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf and Barfi!. In addition to acting in films, she participates in stage shows and has written columns for newspapers. Chopra has engaged in philanthropic activities, and was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights. In 2012, she released her first single "In My City".

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Mugdha Godse performing at Sahara Star Seduction event, 2010.
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Mugdha Godse performing at Sahara Star Seduction event, 2010.


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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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