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The best-known films are dubbed into German and occasionally shown on television.
The hype about the movies is so big that strangers start talking to me and want to know more about India.
Even my friends love Bollywood movies and can sing all the songs by heart.
Here in Germany everyone thinks that the movies portray real life in India. I have been to India nine times and there are so many differences between movies and real life in India.
Often, people identify themselves with the main characters, because the leading roles symbolize the life of an ordinary Indian.
People from the lower classes want to be entertained and not confronted with the sad things in life.Escaping poverty through cinema For many Indians movies are more than just entertainment and the cinema is a way of escaping their misery.This is one of the most important reasons why Bollywood movies are so successful in India.But is the life of an ordinary Indian really so colorful and full of joy? The inequality between men and women, poverty, pollution and other major problems are not mentioned in movies. I often wonder why the film industry creates such utopias and the last time I was in India I got the answer from an Indian taxi driver: For most people in India Bollywood is more than entertainment.The life of an ordinary Indian from the lower classes is characterized by many difficulties. Social assistance or child benefits do not exist in India, like they do in Germany.Poverty abounds Though India has achieved a rapid economic development in the past years, many people are still affected by poverty.