23 November 2013 1:15 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

2013, the extra special year marking the centenary of Hindi Cinema is almost coming at an end.

To celebrate, BollySpice briefly explores the theatrical roots of Bollywood, expanding on the contribution of William Shakespeare, the famous playwright who has continuously intrigued the Indian film industry since the beginning of the Hindi film industry.

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Theatrical Beginnings

When “sound” arrived into the world of Hindi cinema in 1931, it threatened the existence of the Parsi Theatre – a popular culture of performing arts that formed the foundation for what we now call “Bollywood”.

Not only had theatre formed an important foundation, but continues to be reflected through Bollywood – through more ways than one.

Popular Parsi theatrical productions were made into Hindi films. Famous theatre playwrights, as well as singing-dancing theatre performers joined the film industry; dramatical, »

- Aashi Gahlot

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