And now comes competition. ``Jurassic Park,'' dubbed into Hindi, was the first big foreign hit after India reversed a 20-year ban on the widespread distribution of foreign films. Indian producers and directors were stunned: They thought they alone had the key to the hearts and purse strings of the moviegoing public.
By producing 807 films in 1987, India's film industry made the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest of all time. (Hollywood, at No. 2, produces about 200 a year.) The biggest segment of the industry is films made in the southern Indian languages of Tamil and Telugu. But Bombay produces the movies with the big budgets, the big stars, the not-so-big innovations that are copied in other films. They are the films that are distributed nationally and get a whole country weeping and wiggling their hips. They're made in Hindi, and they are the prime factor in creating a national language for heterogeneous India. These films have made Bombay ``Bollywood,'' a nickname that was once a joke but no longer - not in an industry that employs 500,000 people full time. 2b1af7f3a8