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Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The name "Bollywood" is a portmanteau derived from Bombay and Hollywood (B (ombay-H) ollywood), the center of the American film industry. However, unlike Hollywood, Bollywood does not exist as a physical place. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world.

Bollywood is formally referred to as Hindi cinema. Dialogues are usually written in unadorned Hindi that would be understood by the largest possible audience. There has been a growing presence of Indian English in the dialogue and songs as well. Bollywood films are mostly musicals, and are expected to contain catchy music, usually a mixture of Indian and Western music, in the form of song-and-dance numbers woven into the script. Bollywood plots have tended to be melodramatic. They frequently employ formulaic ingredients such as star-crossed lovers and angry parents, love triangles, family ties, sacrifice, corrupt politicians, kidnappers, conniving villains, courtesans with hearts of gold, long-lost relatives and siblings separated by fate, dramatic reversals of fortune, and convenient coincidences. Bollywood is enjoyed by millions all over the world.

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Lage Raho Munna Bhai is a 2006 Indian comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It is the second film in the popular Munna Bhai series of Bollywood. Sanjay Dutt stars in this film as Munna Bhai, a Mumbai-based underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. Through his interactions with the image of Gandhi, Munna Bhai begins to practice what he calls Gandhigiri to help ordinary people solve their problems. His sidekick, Circuit, is portrayed by Arshad Warsi. The film has had a strong cultural impact in India, popularising Gandhism under Munna Bhai's notion of Gandhigiri. The film was generally well-received by both critics and the mass audience. It was a box office success and was elevated to a "blockbuster" rating on Box Office India after grossing over Rs. 720 million. It is the recipient of a number of awards, including four National Film Awards. Lage Raho Munna Bhai is the first Hindi film to be shown at the United Nations, and also played to a packed house of mostly French students who "clapped till the credits were finished" during the Tous Les Cinema du Monde section of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

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Imran Khan promoting Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola in December 2012
Imran Khan (born Imran Pal 13 January 1983) is an Indian film actor who appears in Bollywood films. He is the nephew of actor Aamir Khan and director-producer Mansoor Khan, and the grandson of director-producer Nasir Hussain. He appeared as a child actor in the films Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992). Khan made his adult acting debut in 2008 with the romantic comedy Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, which was a critical and commercial success. His performance in the film won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. After the failure of his next two films, Khan was written off by the media, calling him a "one film wonder". He then starred in a number of commercially successful films like I Hate Luv Storys (2010), Delhi Belly (2011), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012). Khan is regarded as one of the most popular, good-looking and stylish celebrities in India. He is a social activist, and has written columns for The Hindustan Times. He is a supporter of PETA, having appeared in events organised for the group. He married Avantika Malik in January 2011, after a ten-year relationship.

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Anu Malik, Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh with Raveena Tandon on Raveena's NDTV chat show
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Anu Malik, Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh with Raveena Tandon at Raveena's NDTV chat show

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