Bhojpuri cinema is also watched in many parts of the world, where Indian diaspora has settled, including Brazil, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many colonizers faced labor shortages due to the abolition of slavery; thus, they imported many Indians, many from Bhojpuri-speaking regions. Today, some 200 million people in the West Indies, Oceania, and South America speak Bhojpuri as a native or second language and they also watch Bhojpuri films.
Bhojpuri cinema history begins in 1962 with the well-received film Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo , which was directed by Kundan Kumar. It was followed by Lagi Nahi Chhute Rama. Throughout the following decades, films were produced only in fits and starts. Films such as Bidesiya ( 1963, directed by S. N. Tripathi) and Ganga ( 1965, directed by Kundan Kumar) were profitable and popular, but in general Bhojpuri films were not commonly produced in the 1960s and 1970s.
There was a quantum leap in the production of Bhojpuri films since 2000/2001. Now almost 60/70 films are being produced in Bhojpuri language every year. 2011 will be notable year for me as I would be producing and directing my own Bhojpuri film, titled ” ABER “. It is scheduled to mount on sets on January 14, 2011 and apart from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Nepal, Kolkata, Mumbai, Punjab and Assam I am planning to release it world-wide. I intend to have world premier of ” ABER ” in Mauritius.
[ The information is taken from Wikipedia and some other sources from internet. I am hugely indebted. ]
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