Hindi cinema , often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema ,  is the Indian Hindi -language film industry based in Mumbai formerly Bombay. The term is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and " Hollywood ". The industry is related to Cinema of South India and other Indian film industries, making up Indian Cinema —the world's largest by number of feature films produced. In , Indian cinema produced 1, feature films, with Bollywood as its largest filmmaker, producing Hindi films the same year. The most popular commercial genre in Bollywood since the s has been the masala film , which freely mixes different genres including action , comedy , romance , drama and melodrama along with musical numbers.
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A typical Indian film comes packed with action, drama, romance, comedy and thrill, all in a span of two to three hours. The complex roller-coaster ride of emotions, themes and characters is what sets Bollywood apart. However, as is clear in recent years, the ingredients of the masala mix of Hindi films have been changing to appeal to the taste of the millennial fan. The change is not limited to short films and focused plots. Film-goers know that Romeo and Juliet love dramas are no more the norm, and the comedy of the one-odd Golmaal of the s is more frequent now than ever.
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Named "Bollywood" by movie enthusiasts, the Hindi-language film industry accounts for a major portion of the global film space and continues to grow with each title it pumps out. Bollywood beats out Nigeria's Nollywood as well as America's Hollywood to be the world's largest film industry in terms of output and reach, with its content appealing to moviegoers in every corner of the world. But what is it exactly that makes Bollywood so epic, its films so special? Some argue that there's a tried-and-true formula to any quality Bollywood film: swoon-worthy romance, swelling soundtracks, ridiculously attractive lead characters, and plot twists that you can see coming from a mile away. Others say that Bollywood's secret is far simpler—it's just a damn good time from beginning to end.
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