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Bollywood vs. Hollywood

What happens when you pit Bollywood against Hollywood? Read on to find out.


History (a short one)

As early as 1878, Eadweard Muybridge showed audiences how to capture motion through photography by using Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope. However, it wasn’t until 1910 that director D.W. Griffith was hired by the Biograph Company to travel to the U.S. west coast, and shot the first movie ever made in Hollywood called In Old California. The director and the movie studio liked the location because of the mild weather and the scenery. They also liked the fact that Hollywood was far enough away from New York City to escape Thomas Edison’s fees, who owned patents on the movie-making process. In 1913, other studios and directors followed suit. Score: 9

What’s in a name?

Hollywood, formerly known as Hollywoodland, is a district of Los Angeles, California. Some believe the area was named after the native Toyon plant, or “California Holly,” which grows on the district’s hillside.

The name is used to refer to the film industry in the U.S., although this is inaccurate. That’s a boring story. Score: 4


Hollywood produces an average of 500 films per year, and caters to an audience of approximately 2.6 billion. The average cost of a Hollywood movie is $60 million. Perhaps if we discovered this information before the credit crunch, it wouldn’t have bothered us so much. But right now, we’re bothered. Score: 2


Hollywood movies are financed by studio houses, which usual pay for actors and directors on a contractual basis. Unlike Bollywood movies, directors do not pay for their own movies, unless if they are working on independent films. Nice and transparent, that’s what we like. Score: 9


The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars and presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), are the industry’s most prestigious awards. The awards were first presented in 1929. It’s a glamorous affair, and we’re always keen on watching it. Score: 10


Hollywood movies began as an homage to the country and its history, but later introduced plots about the ‘wild West’. As Hollywood gained more power over audiences and their attitudes toward the local government, movie plots became more politically charged with messages that support the government’s national and international policies.

Today, movies vary from romantic-comedies to historic epics. Hollywood gives a little bit of everything. Score: 9

Final score: 43


We have to wonder if the comparison was fair. Hollywood is far richer than Bollywood, and most of the world’s population speaks English and watches American movies (perhaps because their production values are higher). Nevertheless, Hollywood win’s with a score of 43, beating Bollywood by 13 points.



  1. biba liro on February 24, 2009 9:28 pm

    Hollywood is incomparable to Bollywood by a far stretch. Indian cinema cannot even approximate that of films made in Europe – which has far more use of cinematic language and where plots at least do not insult the average moviegoer’s mind. If not for Danny Boyle, Slumdog will not be India’s ticket to the Oscar’s. After 50 plus years of film industry, how come they only got the award now — with a British director and production to boot?

  2. Nancy on February 25, 2009 11:55 am

    //The term is generally used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema, in spite of there being a number of centers for the Indian film industry throughout the nation. We like amalgamations. Score: 9//

    This is absolutely wrong. Compare to Bollywood the south Indian movies are far better in quality.

  3. Bollywood Rocks on August 8, 2009 9:29 pm

    So who died and made you king. Bollywood is the biggest movie in the world and gives pleasure to millions of fans world wide. Bollywood movies resonate with their audience is and that is really what great cinema is all about.

    Bollywood stars have to be able to sing, dance and act, and the profession requires a lot of dedication and commitment. I’m sorry, but does Sacha Coen have any talents besides being obnoxious? does Paris hilton have any talent besides making sex tapes?

    Final comment, the sections around financing and genres lead me to believe that the writer has never actually intervied a production house in Bombay or watched hindi movies other than what floated up the charts. There are a lot of good movies being made today that could easily outshine their Hollywood counterparts, like Black, or Barah Anna.

  4. James on October 16, 2009 5:28 pm

    biba liro:Your reasoning seems to be that Westerners only gave an award to Indians for only 1 film recently, Western films are better.
    Well when has the reverse ever happened? Clearly, since it’s the Westerners awarding the Indians rather than the other way round, the Indians win.

  5. zorbon on November 6, 2010 12:31 am

    95% bolly movies are financial flops? I demand research before claiming baseless statements. I dont think you have ever seen a whole hindi movie


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