Top 10 film industries in India

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We all know how much we love watching movies from that indie shot in our beautiful villages to that Bollywood Rom-Com shot in Paris. India has one of the most divergent audience when it comes to movies.

We simply love everything.

People literally pray Stars here. Unfortunately, when we say Indian we subconsciously refer to it as the Hindi film industry, when there are numerous film industries making equally good movies all around our beautiful India.


Let’s look at some film industries in INDIA :




Gujarati cinema or Gujarati film industry, informally referred as Dhollywood or Gollywood, is one of the major regional and vernacular film industries of the cinema of India associated with the Gujarati language.
The industry dates back to 7 April 1932, when the first Gujarati film, Narsinh Mehta, was released.
It has given us stars like Sanjeev kumar , Aruna irani , Asrani , Asha parekh and ofcourse Paresh rawal.


Produces 70-72 movies every year with low budget


The Government of Gujarat announced a 100% entertainment tax exemption for Gujarati films in 2005 and a policy of incentives in 2016.




Bhojpuri cinema refers to films produced in the Bhojpuri language in the eastern Uttar Pradesh, western Bihar and Madhesh in southern Nepal.


The first Bhojpuri talkie film, Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo, was released in 1961 by Vishwanath Shahabadi.

In 1960s our first president Dr. Rajendra Prasad met Nazir Hussain and asked him to make a movie in Bhojpuri which led to first Bhojpuri release in 1963



The Punjabi cinema commonly known as Pollywood is the Punjabi language film industry in the states of Punjab in India and Pakistan. While 20th-century Punjabi cinema had great influence of Pakistani-based Punjabi cinema, the 21st-century Punjabi cinema, due to its boom, has become synonymous with Indian Punjab.



The first Punjabi film was made in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and was released in Lahore, provincial capital of the then-British province of Punjab. The Lahore film industry is known as Lollywood, a portmanteau of the words Lahore and Hollywood.

400+ single screens in Punjab , Delhi and Haryana states of India .



Marathi cinema refers to Indian films produced in Marathi, the language of the state of Maharashtra, India. Based in old Mumbai, it is the oldest and one of the pioneer film industries of India. The first Marathi film to be released in India was Shree Pundalik byDadasaheb Torne on 18 May 1912 at Coronation Cinematograph, Mumbai.



Marathi cinema has grown in recent years with two of it’s films “ Shwaas” (2004) and “Harishchandrachi Factory”(2009) being sent as india’s official entry for Oscars .




Kannada cinema, colloquially referred to as Chandanavana or the Sandalwood, is a part of Indian cinema, where motion pictures are produced in the Kannada language. As of 2013, the Kannada film industry based in Bengaluru, Karnataka, produces more than 100 films each year.



Kannada films are released in a total of 950 single screen theatres in Karnataka and a few of them are also released in the United States, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries.

In 1934, the first Kannada talkie, Sati Sulochana, appeared in theatres, followed by Bhakta Dhruva (aka Dhruva Kumar).



The Bengali film industry nickname Tollywood, a portmanteau of the words Tollygunge and Hollywood, dates back to 1932.



the Bengali film industry is known for producing many of Indian cinema’s most critically acclaimed global Parallel Cinema and art films, with several of its filmmakers gaining international acclaim, and prominence at the Indian National Film Awards. (Satyajit ray , Ritwik ghatak ).

The first Bengali feature film Bilwamangal was produced in 1919, under the banner of Madan theatre
70-100 Bengali movies are released every year.


Malayalam Cinema , also know as Mollywood is the Malayalam-language film industry based in the southern Indian state of Kerala, and is a part of the cinema of India.

Although the industry’s gross box-office is smaller, when compared to larger market driven Indian industries such as Hindi cinema, Telugu cinema, and Tamil cinema, Malayalam films have gained unique recognition in world cinema for their technical finesse and craft.



The first film to be made in Malayalam was Vigathakumaran. J,.C. Daniel is the father of Malayalam cinema.

My Dear Kuttichathan was the first Indian film to be filmed in 3D.

O’ Faby was the first Asian film in which an animated character played the lead role alongside live actors.



Telugu cinema, also known by its sobriquet Tollywood, is a part of Indian cinema producing films in the Telugu language, centered on the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, based in the Hyderabad neighbourhood of Film Nagar.



In 1921, first Telugu silent film,Bhishma Pratigna was made.

The industry holds the Guinness World Record for the largest film production facility in the world.The Prasads IMAXlocated in Hyderabad is one of the largest 3D IMAX screens, and the most attended cinema screen in the world. As per the CBFC report of 2014, the industry is placed first in India, in terms of films produced yearly.



Tamil cinema is the Tamil language film industry based in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and is a part of the cinema of India. Based in the Kodambakkam area of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, the industry is often colloquially referred to as Kollywood, the term being a portmanteau of the words Kodambakkam and Hollywood.



The first Tamil silent film, Keechaka Vadham, was made by R. Nataraja Mudaliar in 1916. The first talkie, Kalidas, was a multi-lingual and was released on 31 October 1931, barely 7 months after India’s first talking picture Alam Ara.

Rajinikanth is the Second highest paid actor in Asia.

Kamal hassan has the most national awards for best actor.





Bollywood is one of the largest film producers in India, representing 43% of the net box office revenue, while Telugu and Tamil cinema represent 36%, and the rest of the regional cinema constitutes 21% as of 2014. Bollywood is also one of the largest centers of film production in the world.Bollywood is also one of the biggest film industries in the world in terms of the number of people employed and the number of films produced.

In 2011, over 3.5 billion tickets were sold across the globe which in comparison is 900,000 tickets more than Hollywood.

Bollywood produced 252 films in 2014 out of a total of 1969 films produced in Indian cinema.

Raja Harishchandra (1913), by Dadasaheb Phalke, is known as the first silent feature film made in India. By the 1930s, the industry was producing over 200 films per annum. The first Indian sound film, Ardeshir Irani’s Alam Ara (1931), was a major commercial success.


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