Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India.
Songs and dances, love triangles, comedy and dare-devil thrills — all are mixed up in a three-hour-long extravaganza with an intermission. Such movies are called masala films, after the Hindustani word for a spice mixture. Like masalas, these movies are a mixture of many things. Most Bollywood films are 'masalas'. There are exceptions, of course, especially, in the recent times.
Bollywood plots have tended to be melodramatic. They frequently employ formulaic ingredients such as star-crossed lovers and angry parents, love triangles, family ties, sacrifice, corrupt politicians, kidnappers, conniving villains, courtesans with hearts of gold, long-lost relatives and siblings separated by fate, dramatic reversals of fortune, and convenient coincidences. They also usually end with 'And, they lived happily everafter'. So typical Bollywood films are far from reality...Foreigners, who watch these films, may think that this is India. But, normal Indians just don't fight 30 villains and come out without a scratch or sing and dance for 6 songs with their lovers in scenic spots...You get the idea?
Hmm...I don't watch many Bollywood films but 'Lagaan', 'Rang De Basanti', 'Taare Zameen Par' (Yes, I like Amir Khan...but his films are truly good. , 'Chak De India' are supposed to be good films. Help me people... I'm lost here. But I could nominate (lol) some Tamil films-'Kannathil muthamittal', 'Anjali', 'Pithamagan', 'Roja', 'Anbe Sivam', 'Raam', 'Mouna Raagam', 'Moondram Pirai'. They aren't diverse...they're my favs.