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Reason behind using word ‘wood’ in Cinema

26-SEP-2016 18:22

    he word ‘wood’ is used in major film industries like Hollywood, Tollywood, Bollywood etc. Have you ever thought that Why wood as a suffix in every movie industry is used?.

    The name Hollywood is coined by H.J. Whitley and so he is known as Father of Hollywood. In 1870 Hollywood was a small community and in 1903 was incorporated in the municipality. And in 1910 officially it was merged with the city of Los Angeles.


    An American film Industry which was named after the district called Hollywood the central region of Los Angeles, California (US) which means happiness and goodwill. This place is home for entertainment industry, including several historic studios. Therefore, we can say that it is a city where stories are created, stories that come to life on a screen and allow viewers the chance to escape their everyday lives for a bit. Its name has come to represent the motion picture industry of the United States.

    JagranjoshThe Bengali film industry is based in Tollygunge, a place in Kolkata.

    In the early 1930s the term ‘Tollywood’ was coined by the magazine (believed to be Junior Statesman), just like that of Hollywood for the Bengali film industry. Now a day’s Tollywood is famous for Telegu cinema replacing ‘H’ from Hollywood by ‘T’. This was a precedent for other ‘woods’ in India.

    JagranjoshBollywood emerged its name by simply replacing ‘H’ from Hollywood with ‘B’, the first letter from Bombay where Hindi film industry is based. It became popular in 1970s when Hindi film industry became the largest in the world overtaking Hollywood in the  number of films produced.

    Ollywood to the Odia language movie Industry in Odisha.

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    Mollywood for Malayalam Film Industry in Kerala. Replacing ‘H’ from Hollywood by ‘M’.

    Kollywood is used for Tamil Cinema. Its name was derived from Kodambakkam and Hollywood i.e. replacing ‘H’ from Hollywood by ‘K’. Kodambakkam is the happening place for Tamil Cinema activities.

    Sandalwood for Kannada Language Film Industry in Karnataka. As Sandal is abundant in Karnataka.

    Sollywood for Sindhi Film Industry.


    Lollywood refers to Urdu and Punjabi Films of Pakistani Film Industry based in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

    Dhalliwood or Dhallywood for Bangladeshi Film Industry based on the city of Dhaka.

    Kariwood for Pakistani Film Industry based on the city Karachi.

    Kaliwood for Nepal Cinema based on the city of Kathmandu.


    Pollywood for cinema in Punjab or Pashto Cinema.

    Chhollywood for Chattisgarh cinema based on the Chhattisgarhi language.

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