The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Silly appendages

Mention the name Hollywood, and you immediately associate this city with the American film industry.

There is no physical place by this name, but, over time, Mumbai (or Bombay is it used to be called) which is the center for Hindi film production (the largest film producer in India and one of the largest in the world), became known as Bollywood.

Fair enough.

But, with films being made in other locations and locations, this portmanteau of the words Hollywood and that of a film producing city began to get extended, and I was amused to discover several other names.

Kodambakkam in Chennai (Madras) is home to the Tamil film industry, and goes by the name Kollywood.

Tollywood refers to both the Bengali film industry based in Tollygunge in Kolkatta (Calcutta) as well as to Hyderabad, the centre for Telugu films.

Gollywood refers to the Gujarati film world.

The cinema of Bangladesh, which is based in Dhaka, is sometimes referred to as Dhallywood.

While Lollywood refers to the Pakistani film industry based in the city of Lahore. Pollywood refers to its counterpart in Peshawar, the provincial capital of the North-West Frontier Province.

Interesting thought – if films start getting made in other centres, will the same concept get adopted? Will Jaipur become Jollywood, Siliguri become Sillywood, and Mavelikara become Mollywood?

What’s wrong with maintaining one’s own identity? Is this silly, and totally unnecessary appendage, required?


May 10, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that | , , , , ,

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