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A BRIEF HISTORY OF BOLLYWOOD

Raja Harishchandra (1913) was the first silent feature film made in India. It was made by Dadasheb Phalke. 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 super hit. There was clearly a huge market for talkies and musicals; Bollywood and all the regional film industries quickly switched to sound filming.

The 1930s and 1940s were tumultuous times; India was buffeted by the Great Depression, World War II, the Indian independance movement, and the violence of the Partition. Most Bollywood films were unabashedly escapist, but there were also a number of film makers who tackled tough social issues, or used the struggle of Indian independance as a backdrop for their plots. In the late 1950s, Bollywood released its first colour films; however, the majority of the films continued to be black-and-white until the mid 1960s. At that time, lavish romantic musicals and melodramas were the staple fare at the cinema. Successful actors include Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and actresses like Nargis, Meena Kumari, Nutan and Madhubala. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, romance movies and action films starred Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra. In the mid-1970s. romantic confections made way for gritty, violent films about gangsters and bandits. Amitabh Bachchan, the star know for his "angry young man" roles, rode the crest of this trend with actors like Mithun Chakraborty and Anil Kapoor, which lasted into the early 1990s. Actresses from this era included Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha.

In the mid-1990s, the pendulum swung back towards family-centric romantic musicals with success of such films as Hum Aapke Hai Kaun (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) making stars out of a new generation of actors (such as Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan) and the actresses (such as Sridevi, Maduru Dixit and Kajol). In that point of time, action and comedy films were also going strong with actors like Govinda and Akshay Kumar and actresses such as Raveen Tandon and Karisma Kapoor. Furthermore, this decade marked and entry of new performers in the art and independant films, some of which were successful at the box-office, with critically acclaimed performances by actors like Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgan, Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar.

The 2000s meant a growth in Bollywood popularity in the world. This led the film making a new heights in terms of quality, cinematography and innovative story lines as well as technical quality advances. Some of the largest production houses, among them Yash Raj Films and Dharma Productions were the producers of new modern films. The opening up of the overseas market, the more Bollywood releases abroad and the explosion of multiplexes in big cities, led to wider box office successes in India and abroad, including Devdas, Koi... Mil Gaya, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Veer-Zaara and Dhoom 2, delivering a new generation of popular actors (Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan) and actresses (Aishwariya Rai, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji), and keeping the popularity of actors of the previous decade.

OUR MESSAGE

Bollywood Lounge is a new concept which combines the heady cultrural colours and extravagance of the Bollywood film industry with the aromas and flavours of the cuisines of the Indian sub-continent with a fusion of western tastes.

With our menu, we have modernised Indian cuisine taking it to the next level - yet keeping its authentic flavours - approached in a contemporary fusion manner, with different accents from around the world added to dishes, making your visit a unique and enjoyable experience. Our staff are friendly and attentive, it is their aim to ensure that your visit will make a lasting impression.

OUR MISSION

To make sure that each guest receives professional, friendly and courteous service. To maintain a clean, comfortable and well maintained premises for our guests and staff. To provide finest Indian & Bangladeshi food using only quality ingredients. To ensure that all guests and staff are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. To thank each guest for the opportunity to serve them.