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The Gujarati language film business is known as Gujarati cinema, Gollywood, or Dhollywood. Having created more than a thousand films since its establishment, it is one of India's major regional and vernacular film companies.
Many people in the film industry were Gujaratis during the silent era. The first Gujarati talkie, Narsinh Mehta, was released in 1932, and that year marked the beginning of the language-related industry. There were only twelve Gujarati films made up till India's independence in 1947.
The Gujarati government offered tax breaks and subsidies in the 1970s, which led to more movies being made but with lower-than-average quality.
Manan Desai, Darshan Jariwala, Deven Bhojani, Rajeev Mehta, Raunaq Kamdar, Yash Soni, Sharman Joshi, Nirmal Soni, Jay Soni, Sanjay Goradia, Nayan Shukla, etc. are among the most prominent male actors from Gujarati film industry.
The prominent female Gujarati stars include Bhakti Kubawat, Kinjal Rajpriya, Dimple Shah, Asha Parekh, Shraddha Dangar, Daisy Shah, Apara Mehta, Alpana Buch, etc.
Due to its frequent use of the dhol, a double-headed drum, Bollywood served as the inspiration for the moniker "Dhollywood" in the Gujarati film industry. Another name for it is Gollywood, a mashup of Gujarati and Bollywood.
Before the first Indian sound picture of its length, Alam Ara was released in 1931, a short Gujarati sound film called Chav Chavno Murabbo was shown in Bombay on February 4 of that year. The first sound in any Indian movie was the song Mane Mankad Karde.