mohankumar 2017-12-14
Hollywood vs Bollywood

There are a lot of movie industry in the world, but it can be denied that Hollywood and Bollywood are two among the biggest ones. Hollywood is considered the center of not only movies but also entertainment in general around the world. Located in Los Angeles, United States, Hollywood has produced numerous blockbusters, creating more than trillions dollars of revenue starting in 1912. During that year, a major companies of motion-picture had set their production within the Hollywood, which mark the start of the industry.

On the other hand, Bollywood is located in Mumbai, which previously known as Bombay. Unlike Hollywood, Bollywood is not a physical location. Instead, it is simply an informal name, which has become accepted generally to represent the entire Indian film industry. Ironically, many people consider this name as a poor attempt to make the industry somehow related to Hollywood. However, each years, Bollywood produces more than thousands movies, which actually make the Hollywood seems to be the poor one.

This article will elaborate some of the difference between both film industry, from its stars, revenue, and the quality of the production. This comparison will make it easier to see who the actual center of film industry is. In term of stars, both Hollywood and Bollywood promote their actors and actress to international audience. However, more Hollywood stars are known worldwide compared to Bollywood stars. There are many factors that play roles in this difference. One of the biggest factors is in term of language. Hollywood uses English as their intermediate language, which is a widely-known international language. Bollywood, on the other hand, mostly uses Hindi as its intermediate language, which not many people are familiar with. Thus, the promotion of Bollywood movies are limited to Asian regions, which cause the popularity of their stars to be less known than Hollywood stars.

For the production, Bollywood movies tend to have around 3 to 4 hours long duration, while Hollywood movies are usually around 2 hours in duration. But this does not necessary mean the production time is longer in Bollywood movies. In fact, Bollywood movies usually only take around a month to be finished due to this short time production, a star can actually take up to 10 projects at one time. In Hollywood, one movie may take around a year to complete and the main stars usually only take two different projects at most. This significant production time is the reason Hollywood movies are more acceptable. They took more efforts to produce a more sophisticated movie compared to Bollywood.

As for the revenue, generally Hollywood is above Bollywood. Hollywood movies spend a lot of money on production, but due to its worldwide popularity, it also generates more money. It is safe to say that what is considered giant profit in Bollywood industry is actually a pygmy in Hollywood industry. In conclusion, Hollywood is generally better than Bollywood in all area. However, Bollywood movies are gaining international recognition nowadays, and it is not impossible if in the future, Bollywood can actually surpass Hollywood.


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