Comparison between Bollywood and Hollywood

Almost all of us are in love with films and theatres. Whether it is watching it with a group of friends on a laptop or on television or going to big theatres to watch it on a big screen, movies are always great fun.

In the 21st century, this industry is one of the fastest-growing ones in the market. There was a time in India when there were not many people and financiers who wanted to join this industry but, now, there is no shortage of actor, actresses, film-makers, producers, directors or finances. The main reason is that this industry is able to gain a lot of revenue.

Generally, when we talk about films, we talk about Bollywood and Hollywood. Both have their own fan base and presentation of the art. While some of the highest grossing movies of all time like ‘Avenger: Endgame’, ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’ were given by Hollywood industry, Bollywood industry also does not lack behind.

Nowadays, films like ‘ Dangal’ which is the highest-grossing Indian movie, are also made in the Bollywood industry. They are gaining popularity not only in the country but also across the international borders and are able to compete with the Hollywood industry.

The earning generated depends also on the investment. The Hollywood industry obviously has a lot much more money than the Indian Film Industry which is the reason for the most highest-grossing movies of all time coming from Hollywood. But, we just can’t consider box office profit. It also matters how much we are investing in to get the profit. So in that case, Bollywood has also been successful in giving some of the highest grossing Indian movies.

Now in this article, we are going to compare between these two film producing sectors on the basis of a few major factors.



No doubt that the best technicians of the world are associated with the Hollywood industry. Hollywood films are filled with perfect, super quality VFX, CGI, effects, and action which lacks in Bollywood movies. They have more access to the resources that the Indian industry don’t have due to which they have produced some action thrillers like Avengers series and Disney films which were some of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

Cost Of Production

In this background too, the Bollywood industry does not win the race. ‘Bahubali 2: The Conclusion’ being the most expensive one with a total investment of $36 million lacks the production cost of $378 million of Hollywood movies like ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’. Such a huge budget enables them to improve their quality to the highest levels and reach a mass audience. They can hire best stunt experts, technicians and equipment.


There are many sources through which films generate revenue but, the main factor that we consider while determining the success rate is earning on the box office.

While Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ remains on the top, ‘Bahubali 2: The Conclusion’ ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Sholay’ and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, are some other highest grossing Indian movies. So, it is clearly reflected that with the low budget, these movies cannot compete with those of Hollywood. But, films like Dangal give hope after being popular in different parts of the world especially, in China and other Asian countries. Dangal earned $310 million while many Hollywood movies reaches the ‘billion’ mark.

Length Of The Film

When it comes to the duration of the film, here, Bollywood wins. Yes, they are usually of 2-3 hours while Hollywood films are generally 90 to 120 minutes in length. The reason for the increased length of Indian movies are their songs. There are many songs in-between the movies and other deep romance, melodrama and emotional scenes which increases the length. While Hollywood movies don’t have songs and thus, making the lengths shorter.

Lead Actors/Actresses Earnings

Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan are few highest paying stars among the males while actresses like Deepika Padukone, earning more than $10  million annually, have high rates for their films. According to Forbes, with an earning of $33 million annually, Shahrukh Khan is on the top of this list.

With their average annual income, names like Dwayne Johnson( $64.5 million), Jackie Chan($61 million) and Matt Damon($55 million) along with actresses like Jennifer Lawrence($46 million), rule the Hollywood industry.

Here, ends our comparison.

Both Hollywood and Bollywood are working hard to entertain us. Both have their own charm and way of entertainment. Bollywood is also expanding day by day and we can hope for better results in the future with some more highest-grossing Indian movies coming into the theatres.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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