Bollywood and Hollywood are two words that are often used in a country like India. There is a lot of difference between the two words. Bollywood is an informal term whereas Hollywood is an original and formal term. This is one of the main differences between the two terms.
The informal term Bollywood is used to denote the Hindi film world and industry. It is mainly based in the city of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra in India. It should be remembered that it refers only to a part of the India cinema, namely the Hindi cinema and not the whole of the Indian cinema.
Hollywood on the other hand is the formal term used to refer to the American film industry or the American cinema in general. Hollywood is actually a neighborhood in Los Angeles in California. It is considered a center of movie stars and movie studios an is famous as a cultural center.
Hindi cinema has been named Bollywood primarily because of the fact that English sentences are spoken here and there in the movies as part of the storyline. Dialogues contain English phrases quite often and sometimes whole sentences too.
It is interesting to note that name Bollywood is derived from Bombay the first name of Mumbai and Hollywood the center of American movies. The main difference between Bollywood and Hollywood is that the latter exists as a place where as the former does not exist as a place. The term Bollywood was coined sometime in the early 1970s. It was the period when India overtook America as the world’s largest producer of movies.
On the other hand Hollywood is a physical place and is a district within the country. It is not characterized by its own municipal government. The chief official of Hollywood is the Mayor of Hollywood. The place occupies a total area of about 24.96 square miles. It has a population of about 123,435.
Scholars have felt that there would have been several influences for Bollywood. Some of the influences for Bollywood include ancient Sanskrit drama, ancient Indian epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the Parsi theater, the traditional folk theater of India and of course Hollywood.
It is no hyperbole that Bollywood has been influencing the music world pertaining to the western world too. This is because of the fact that several Indian film music composers have influenced the musicians worldwide.