This is the informal name for the vast Hindi-language film industry (one of the world's largest film industries) in the world's largest democracy (India, for those of you playing along at home). The name is a portmanteau of "Bombay" (the former name of Mumbai, where it is based) and "UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}}" created by white people, notably a Variety journalist. There are also [[TheOtherwoods non-Hindi film industries]] based on other Indian languages such as Telugu ("Tollywood") and Tamil ("Kollywood"). Although these industries are huge, they don't receive much press and are not well known outside of India.

Hindi films tend to be [[TheMusical musicals]]. The average Hindi movie is three hours long (some are much longer) because most of them draw inspiration from [[EpicMovie old-school Hollywood epics]] as well as the narrative epics of Hinduism. Many movies will incorporate themes from India's major religions (such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Sikhism) as well as values common to Indian society to illustrate how they might clash with individualism or Western values. Many of the Hindi films are a form of escapist entertainment.

'''See also:'''
+ [[{{UsefulNotes/India}} Useful Notes On India]]
+ BollywoodMovies
+ BollywoodActors

Not to be confused with BollywoodNerd, although both come from India.
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!!Tropes
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* AlmostKiss
* {{Anvilicious}}
* ArrangedMarriage
** ParentalMarriageVeto
** ChildMarriageVeto
** PerfectlyArrangedMarriage
* {{Badass}}
* BashBrothers
* BeYourself
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment - Almost every Hindi film has a big musical number (sometimes more than one), and often doesn't even feature the stars of the film. For an exhaustive list, see on the other wiki.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem
* ChorusGirls
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* CrowdSong
* DanceSensation
* DancingOnABus
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Out of every three Bollywood films, at least two will feature a perpetually barefoot heroine.
* DramaticThunder
* DrunkenSong
* EpicMovie
* {{Fanservice}}
** BareYourMidriff
** BellyDancer
** TheItemNumber
** WetSariScene
* FilmiMusic
* ForeignRemake
* {{Forgiveness}}
* FriendToAllChildren
* TheGenerationGap
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar - Due to [[ValuesDissonance India's censor policy]], Indian filmakers use rather... imaginative ways of getting their point across. This is the reason for the use of the AlmostKiss and KissingDiscretionShot tropes, as noted elsewhere. Bollywood films adopt Hollywood's fair acceptance of violence (in age-appropriate contexts) and fair taboo against sexuality and magnify both conditions.
* GorgeousPeriodDress
* GratuitousEnglish
* HowWeGotHere
* IdenticalStranger
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit
* IncendiaryExponent
* IHaveNoSon
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* IWantSong
* KickTheDog
* KissingDiscretionShot
* LostInTranslation
* LongLostSibling
* MeetCute
* {{Melodrama}}
* MistakenIdentity
* MyGirlIsNotASlut - There has been a progression (or regression) in morality in Bollywood movies that reflects Indian culture. Older movies(pre 80s) usually showed both male and female leads as virgins until marriage. 80s-00s movies usually had male-slut-female-virgin leads. This has carried over into the 21st century, although it is more common that movies that are targeted towards the middle-to-upper-class/younger/NRI crowd show the female lead character is not a virgin.
* PimpedOutDress - Many movies have at least one scene where the female lead is wearing a ridiculously awesome sari.
* {{Plagiarism}} - Bollywood films are famous for being "inspired by" American movies, Chinese and Korean movies, European movies, movies from other Indian industries, and even older Bollywood movies (see {{Bawarchi}} inside {{Hero No 1}}, for instance).
* {{Reincarnation}}
* ReincarnationRomance
* RelationshipUpgrade
* SadBollywoodWedding
* SeparatedAtBirth
* SiblingTeam
* SidequestSidestory: Bollywood has an obsession with providing value for money, leading many filmmakers to pad out their movies with arbitrary [[TropesAreNotBad but often fun]] subplots featuring popular supporting actors. This makes the Indian film industry one of the few places you would see this trope outside of videogames.
* StoryWithinAStory
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: A little something the English left behind from colonial times.
* TheMusical
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ThePowerOfLove
* ThickerThanWater: many a Bollywood villain reforms, pulls a DeathEqualsRedemption maneuver, or turns himself into the police after discovering he is related to the good guys.
* TriangRelations
* WellDoneSonGuy
* WhyWasteAWedding
* WorldOfHam
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