Cinema has emerged as a popular source of entertainment in
India. Almost every village in India has a cinema within walking
distance. It is really hard to comprehend the impact of cinema as it
has effected almost all compartments of life. The Indian film
industry is the largest in the world and amazingly it churns out
over 900 films every year. There is regional cinema that caters to
the local tastes and there is hindi cinema that has a wide presence.
The home of Hindi blockbuster, the all-India film , is
Mockingly called Bollywood by locals and cynics, Film City clings
to the outskirts of the National Park, and is practically overrun by
assorted stars and starlets -- the demi gods and goddesses of Modern
India. To overcome the differences of language and religion, the
Bollywood movie follows rigid conventions and genres; as in myth,
its characters have predetermined actions and destines. Hindi movies
follow a masala format where a bit of everything is
packaged in one single product. There are elements of song, dance,
melodrama, violence and erotica that Indian audiences love. The Film
City sets are heavily booked around the year. They are closed to
visitors, but special permissions can always be "obtained"
to check out the action.