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7 countries that love Bollywood as much as we do:

Bollywood is putting the reign in foreign

By ELLE team  December 13th, 2017

Anyone who grew up in India speaks fluent Bollywood. Or at the least knows all the Bollywood gossip because after all, “Bade bade shehron mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai, Senorita !!” But those sudden outbursts of co-ordinated dancing you saw growing up — the ones where even the Caucasian extras in Rahul’s college knew all the steps — are moving further away from reel and into real. For decades, people across the globe have been hooked to Bollywood — the clothes, the dances, the actors and the songs forming the vocabulary of this diplomacy by entertainment.

India’s hottest export has danced its way into the homes of fans the world over. Like these far-flung destinations where a mention of your favourite Shah Rukh Khan movie is more likely to win you a new friend that those three months you spent on Duolingo. 

7 countries that love Bollywood as much as we do:


Bollywood is so popular here, they have their own magazine dedicated to it. That’s right, featuring regular Bollywood news, movie releases and fashion, all in German. The reason for the popularity of Bollywood cinema in Germany can apparently be credited to Shah Rukh Khan, who is a hit with the ladies. It all started when a German channel aired Kabhi Khushi Khabhie Gham at prime time. The ladies couldn’t get enough of SRK, his net shirt and his sensitive side. When he was shooting Don 2 in Germany, hundreds of local women waited outside in sub-zero temperatures to catch a glimpse of the actor. 


It makes sense that Pakistan would love Bollywood as much as India, after all we share a history, a language and a penchant for dramatic flair. Films like Bhajrangi Bhaijan also convey positive messages about India and Pakistan’s relationship and are relatable on both sides of the border. Though the political situation may be tense, Pakistani actors like Fawad Khan are always welcomed by Bollywood-loving audiences. 

United Arab Emirates

The Middle-East is so obsessed with Bollywood, they have a massive theme park dedicated to it. With rides inspired by Lagaan,  Sholay and Dabangg, seriously. Bollywood celebrities are frequent visitors to Dubai and often do sold-out performances there, before investing that money into palatial homes on their man-made islands. 

Multiple countries in South America

Kareena Kapoor Khan is hugely popular in Nicaragua and Bollywood movies with Spanish subtitles are a regular feature in its capital, Managua. Parts of Dhoom 2 were shot in Rio De Janeiro and for Dhoom 3, Peruvian pop star Mia Monat sang a Spanish title track which played on local radio stations. They also have their own term for Bollywood dancing called Dance-Indu, and there are places where you can learn how to ‘maro a thumka’.


Any Indian who has visited Bali will be greeted in their local markets by shouts of Bollywood’s celebrity names. Indonesia consumes not only cinema but Indian television as well. That’s right, Indonesian girls are huge fans of Indian television actors too. Not only are their dubbed shows well-received, Indian actors are also being offered roles on Indonesian television shows as they are huge crowd pullers.