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As the Indian film industry turns a 100 years old today, here’s looking at our different industries and their fascination for the ‘wood’ suffix
Sunayana Suresh (BOMBAY TIMES; May 3, 2013)
Globally, the Indian film industry is almost synonymous with Bollywood. But the 100-year-old industry, which makes the most number of films than any other country in a year, has strong regional presence as well. Much like the Hindi film industry that has twisted the word Hollywood to its convenience, other industries have also sought refuge in the ‘wood’ suffix. While some of them have chosen to tweak it based on the place of operation, others have named them after the language. Here’s a look at the many Indian ‘woods’.
BOLLYWOOD: The biggest film industry in the country, it has been named after ‘Bombay’, from where it operates. Traditionally, it has been ruled by stars, but this year has seen scripts, scriptwriters and directors take centre stage, with many performer-actors rising in popularity.
KOLLYWOOD: The Tamil film industry is named after Kodambakam, an area in Chennai, which used to be the hub of all filmi activity in Tamil Nadu. Kollywood has always been known for idol worshipping.
The Konkani film industry is also named thus, after the language. April 24, 1950, saw the first Konkani film release and this date, ever since, has been celebrated as the Konkani Cinema Day.
TOLLYWOOD: The Telugu film industry, which is one of the bigger ones in the country, is named after the More >
Hrithik Roshan had promised Gauri Khan a win
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; May 9, 2011) The Kolkata IPL match on Saturday saw a number of celebs, all of whom had specially been flown down from Mumbai by Shah Rukh Khan in a chartered flight. There was one rare guest — Hrithik Roshan, who’s never been seen at matches before. In fact, this was the first time Duggu was watching a match live and he actually flew down separately to wish SRK and Gauri luck.
Says Hrithik, “It was my first ever experience of watching a live match in India. The excitement was palpable! I was there to cheer Gauri. Actually, I was under tremendous pressure because I promised her we’d win if I came. Izzat bach gayi! But, I’m truly glad that it turned out a happy day.” Now that Hrithik’s become their lucky mascot, we won’t be surprised if the Khans want him to be present at all the remaining matches.
Ajay Devgn shows off his hot new bod and reveals why he’s allergic to six-pack
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; May 9, 2011)
Ajay Devgn’s got a new look. It’s not the conventional six-pack, it’s a more realistic, brawny physique that the actor’s carved for himself. Clearly, Ajay’s not interested in short-term gains, he is in this too, for the long haul. “That’s what I have always believed in. At 65 and 70 too, I would like to lift the same kind of weights.”
A six-pack helps in sculpting your body and it makes you look strong, but you lose out on power, he says. The actor’s got a fantastic response to his new ‘power-packed’ appearance (see pic) from everyone and it’s just perfect, with raw manliness oozing out for his role in Singham of a tough cop from a village. The Shiva tattoo on his chest, which he’d got done last year, further enhances the look. Celeb trainer Prashant Saawant, who’s helped him get to this point in three months, says Ajay went through rigorous combination of weights and circuit super sets that incorporated all techniques including pushups and pull-ups, along with a highprotein low-carb diet. “He is absolutely disciplined and fantastic.”