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Last Updated: Friday June 08 2007 18:16 GMT

Why is Bollywood so big now?

Scene from Bollywood film

2002 was the year it all kicked off for Bollywood in Britain.

A season of Indian films was shown on TV when India and England played in a big cricket tournament.

A department store devoted a summer to Indian fashion, and shops everywhere were full of colourful clothes, bindis, bangles, saris and henna.

Bombay Dreams, a new West End musical, was a sell out. Special cinemas also showed Bollywood classic films and had exhibitions featuring Bollywood film posters.

Lagaan, a huge Bollywood hit, was nominated for an Oscar.

The charts were full of Bhangra, with Timbaland, Dr Dre and the Neptunes sampling Indian beats and Punjabi MC having big hits. India was even featured in cool car adverts.

Bollywood films have managed to cross over and now it's not just Indian families watching them - they're being shown in big cinemas across the UK.



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