Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
The song ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon’ in the film by the same name is the longest Hindi film song. The length of this iconic song is 20 minutes and the song is featured in three installments in the film.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Akshay Kumar is superstitious. He will never write anything on a page unless he first heads it with an ‘Om’.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Amitabh Bachchan is so punctual that many a times he used to open the gates of Filmistan Studios himself for he used to reach the place before the watchman or gatekeeper.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Actor Amjad Khan was almost dropped from ‘Sholay’ (1975) because scriptwriter Javed Akhtar found his voice weak for Gabbar Singh’s role. Danny Denzogpa was approached for that role initially.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Anil Kapoor’s family lived in Raj Kapoor’s garage when they first moved to Mumbai. Later they shifted to a room in one of Mumbai’s middle-class suburbs.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Ashok Kumar was a lab assistant in Bombay Talkies before he became an actor in 1936.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
For a country that is obsessed with films, there are still very few cinema screens. India has fewer than 13,000 screens compared with nearly 40,000 screens in the US.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
The only time in the history of any Indian award, when the best female playback singer award was shared was between Ila Arun and Alka Yagnik for ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ in ‘Khalnayak’.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood

Dev Anand picked up his movie titles and story lines from newspaper headlines and stories.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Devika Rani was the first actress with a degree in film-making.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
In his youth, actor Dharmendra was such a big fan of actress Suraiya that he walked miles to watch her film ‘Dillagi’ (1949) over 40 times.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Dilip Kumar was offered a lead role in the international project ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1962) by director David Lean. However for reasons unknown, the actor declined the offer. The role subsequently went to Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Dilip Kumar has won the most awards as the Best Actor with 8 awards spanning over 3 decades.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Dimple was only sixteen years old when Raj Kapoor introduced her in ‘Bobby’ (1973). She also got married to Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna at the age of 16. Despite the enormous success of ‘Bobby’, she then took a sabbatical from acting to raise her children.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Lata Mangeshkar’s song ‘Ae Malik Tere Bande Hum’ from ‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’ (1957) which was an original composition by Vasant Desai, was adapted by a Pakistani school as the school anthem.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
The first motion picture in India was ‘The Wrestlers’ screened in 1899 a portrait photographer called Harischandra Sakharam Bhatavdekar.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Hrithik Roshan once ordered 50 books online on ‘How to Stop Smoking’ and then gave them to all his friends.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Anurag Basu wanted Katrina Kaif originally to narrate the story in ‘Barfi!’ instead of Ileana D’Cruz. But the director had to go with the latter when Katrina refused due to unknown reasons.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Jeetendra’s first film was ‘Navrang’ (1959), where he played Sandhya’s body double.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Joy Mukherji learnt the dance to ‘Duniya Pagal Hai Ya Phir Main Deewana’ in ‘Shagird’ (1967) from a dancer in a Hong Kong nightclub. On his way to the shooting of ‘Love In Tokyo’, he visited the club and was very inspired by an energetic dancer in the club – he went up to her and asked her to teach him the steps.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Kaho Naa.. Pyar Hai’ was added to the Guinness Book of World Records 2002 edition for winning the most number of awards for a movie. The movie won a total of 92 awards.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
In the film ‘Heroine’ Kareena Kapoor wore over 130 different dresses provided from top designers from all over the world. It has been reported that Kareena’s wardrobe for the film was one of the most expensive out of all the Bollywood movies ever created.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
The ‘Khalnayak’ song ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ was protested by as many as 42 political parties

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
The film ‘Lagaan’ by Aamir Khan has the most number of British actors playing a significant role in the entire history of Bollywood cinema.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Music director Madan Mohan, who was a very good cook, bribed Manna Dey with bhindi meat to make him sing one of his composition, ‘Kaun Aaya Mere Mann Dware’ in ‘Dekh Kabir Roya’

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Indians buy 2.7 billion movie tickets annually, the highest in the world. But average ticket prices are among the lowest in the world so revenues are a fraction compared to Hollywood.


‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960) was a trilingual – with all scenes shot thrice in Hindi, Tamil and English. When the Tamil one flopped miserably, the English language one was aborted.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Raj Kapoor was superstitious and went off drinking as well as eating non-vegetarian food before the release of ‘Satyam Shivan Sundaram’ (1978).

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
‘Rockstar’ was shot in reverse order, with the climax being shot first. Reason: The makers did not want to disturb the continuity of Ranbir Kapoor’s hairstyle.


Saif Ali Khan was the original choice for Shahrukh Khan’s role in ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. Even Tom Cruise was considered for the role of Raj Malhotra (SRK’s role in the film).

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Salman Khan likes to collect soaps. In his bathroom, there is a collection of all kinds of handmade and herbal soaps. His favourites are soaps made from natural fruit and vegetable extracts.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Shah Rukh Khan’s least favourite school subject was Hindi. To encourage SRK with his learning, his mother offered to take him to see a Hindi film if he improved.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
During the making of ‘Sholay’, Dharmendra paid the light boys to make mistakes during shots, so that he could embrace Hema Malini again and again.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
‘Silsila’ (1981) is the only movie in which Shashi played an elder brother to Amitabh. In all the other movies starring the duo, Amitabh has essayed the role of the elder sibling. The films include hits like ‘Deewar’, ‘Suhaag’, ‘Do Aur Do Paanch’ and ‘Namak Halaal’.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
When Sridevi was only 13, she played Rajinikanth’s stepmom in a Tamil film called ‘Moondru Mudichu’.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Sunil Dutt was much more than the suave hero, he was quite the Bollywood baddie! The actor played the role of a dacoit in 20 movies in his career.

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Sunil Dutt initially used to be an RJ for Radio Ceylon and wanted to interview his favorite actress Nargis, but it had to be cancelled when he could not say a single word to her. Later, when he worked with her in ‘Mother India’ (1957), they fell in love and got married

50 Most Interesting Facts About Bollywood
Waheeda Rahman played both mother and lover to Amitabh Bachchan. She played the love interest of Big B in ‘Adalat’ (1976) and mother in ‘Trishul’ (1978).
Courtesy: http://in.movies.yahoo.com

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