What is a Mumbai Underworld Film?

Introduction In the early 1970s, a new genre of Indian crime films and gangster films arose, set in urban India: Bombay underworld films, later called Mumbai underworld films. These films are often inspired by real Mumbai underworld gangsters, such as Haji Mastan, Dawood Ibrahim and D-Company. These films are often set around Mumbai slums such… Read More

What is a Dacoit Film?

Introduction Dacoity is a term used for ‘banditry’ in the Indian subcontinent. Brief History The spelling is the anglicised version of the Hindustani word daaku, ‘dacoit’ /dəˈkɔɪt/ is a colloquial Indian English word with this meaning, it appears in the Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases (1903). Banditry is criminal activity involving robbery by… Read More

What is Bollywood?

Introduction Hindi cinema, often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The term is a portmanteau of “Bombay” and “Hollywood”. Read about Lollywood and Hollywood. The industry is related to Cinema of South India and other Indian film industries, making up Indian Cinema… Read More