Describe the emergence of Bombay as a city of film industry in the 20th century.
WITH the expansion of business and trade and industrialisation in the 19th century attracted a large number of-migrants to come here and fulfill their dreams.
Despite massive overcrowding and difficult living conditions, Bombay (Mumbai) appears to many as Maya Nagri, a city of dreams.
- Many films of Bombay deal with the arrival in the city of new migrants and their pressure of daily life. Even some songs from films like CID (1956) and Guest House (1959) speak of the contradictory aspect of city life.
- By 1925, Bombay had become India’s film capital, producing film for national audience.
- Most of the people in the film industry were themselves migrated. Who have either come from cities like Lahore, Calcutta, Madras etc and contributed to the national character of the film industry. Those who came from Lahore then in Punjab, were very important for the development of the Hindi film industry. Many famous writers like Ismat Chugtai and Saadat Hasan Manto were associated with Hindi cinema.
- Bombay films have contributed greatly to produce an image of the city as a blend of dreams and reality of slums and star bungalows.