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Nollywood and Bollywood
Unit 2
1 • Identities and exchanges

Nollywood and Bollywood

Are Bollywood and Nollywood a copy or an evolution of Hollywood?

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Hollywood and Bollywood twin movie posters: Batman Begins, by Christopher Nolan 2005  and Ra One, by Anubhav Sinha, 2011

Get ready!

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a. List 15 words and phrases related to Hollywood as quickly as possible. Compare them with your classmate.

b. Look at the vocabulary boxes below. Find a title for each category.

a. Observe the two posters. Spot 3 similarities and 3 differences.

b. What seems typically Indian in the Ra One poster? What seems typically American in the Batman poster?

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Watch the video.
What are the characteristics of the movie genre? What is different with Hollywood films?

Discuss the brainstorming questions:
how can these twin posters illustrate or contradict the questions?

Read the idiom of the week.
With the photo and the note, rephrase it and give examples.


  • similar ≠ different /ˈdɪfrənt/ / altered / modified (adj.)
  • background (n.)
  • layout (n.)
  • typography / lettering (n.)
  • imitate / look alike (v.)

Let's learn!


Memorize words from the vocabulary mind map. Challenge a classmate: give, in turn, one of the listed words or phrases. You cannot repeat the same one twice.

Spotlight, by Vikram Bhatt, 2017

IDIOM of the week!

Be in the spotlight / limelight

IDIOM of the week!
Calcium oxide a.k.a. lime was used in lamps to light the stage in theatres. Then limelights disappeared and were replaced by spotlights. When you are in the limelight or in the spotlight, you are the centre of attention.

Brainstorming question

Are Bollywood and Nollywood films recognizable?

Brainstorming question

Can they find their inspiration in Hollywood film culture and still create a strong cinematographic identity?

...ollywood Movies

...ollywood Movies

  • play a (lead) role / part (exp.)
  • actor / actress (n.) → act (v.)
  • performance (n.) → perform (v.)
  • stereotype /ˈstɛrɪəˌtaɪp/ (n.)
  • talent (n.)
  • audition / casting (n.)
  • character (n.)
  • embody / portray (v.)
  • pretend /prɪˈtɛnd/ (v.)
  • represent / show (v.)

  • dubbing (n.)
  • film director / filmmaker (n.)
  • screenplay (n.)
  • soundtrack (n.)
  • special effects (n.)
  • release a movie (v.)
  • shoot a film (v.)

  • well-known (adj.)
  • internaltional / global / worldwide ≠ foreign /ˈfɒrɪn/ (adj.)
  • award / prize (n.)
  • celeb(rity) / star (n.)
  • fame / popularity / success (n.)
  • acclaim / praise / admire / award / congratulate (v.)
  • star in a movie (v.)

  • go to the movies (exp.)
  • audience (n.)
  • blockbuster (n.)
  • movie poster (n.)
  • ticket (n.)
  • watch a film / movie (v.)

  • comedy (n.)
  • sitcom / soap opera (n.)
  • musical (n.)
  • TV series / TV show (n.)

  • valuable /ˈvæljʊəbəl/ (adj.)
  • worth (adj.)
  • film industry / movie business (n.)
  • producer (n.)
  • boom / develop / explode / increase / grow (v.)

On your way to the task - Step 1

Create a Bollywood movie poster and present it.

Step 2

Write an article about a famous Bollywood actress.

Step 3

Introduce a Nollywood report.

Your final project

A Bollywood or Nollywood actor or actress refl ects on how this cinema is linked to Hollywood.
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