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Hindi film distribution circuits comprises territories which have been created by "film distributors for releasing "Hindi cinema or Hindustani cinema (as it was earlier known) across India. The six distribution circuits were created in 1930s after the advent of the first talkie in 1931. These circuits were:[1][2][3]

Presently territories for distribution of Hindi films are divided into eleven territories. These are.[4]

Circuit name Comprising territories
Bombay circuit "Mumbai, Gujarat, Goa, parts of Maharashtra & Karnataka (Comprises areas that formed the erstwhile Bombay State and Portuguese-ruled Colonies)
Delhi circuit "Delhi, Uttar Pradesh & Uttaranchal
Nizam circuit "Telangana, parts of Maharashtra & Karnataka (Comprises areas that formed the erstwhile Nizam State)
East Punjab circuit "Punjab, Harayana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir
Eastern circuit "West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam & North-Eastern states, Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well as Bhutan and Nepal
C. P. Berar circuit "Maharashtra (Vidarbha), Madhya Pradesh (south & west), Chhattisgarh (Comprises areas that formed the erstwhile Central Provinces and Berar State)
Central India circuit Parts of "Madhya Pradesh
Rajasthan circuit "Rajasthan
Mysore circuit "Bengaluru and parts of Karnataka (Comprises areas that formed the erstwhile Mysore State)
Tamil Nadu circuit "Tamil Nadu & Kerala
Andhra circuit "Andhra Pradesh

Amongst the above territories Bombay circuit is considered by the distributors as having potential for maximum earnings.[1] An additional territory known as overseas territory also exists.[5] However, Hindi movies in "Nepal & "Bhutan are released by distributors through the Eastern circuit.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Tejaswini Ganti (2012), Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry, Duke University press, p. 187 
  3. ^ Ashok Mittal (2003), Cinema Industry in India: Pricing and Taxation, Indus Publishing Company, p. 55, "ISBN "81-7387-023-3 
  4. ^ Edited by "Gulzar, "Govind Nihalani, Saibal Chatterjee (2003), Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema, Encyclopædia Britannica (India) Pvt. Ltd. & Popular Prakashan Pvt. Ltd., p. 146, "ISBN "81-7991-066-0 
  5. ^ Tejaswini Ganti (2004), Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema, Routledge, p. 58, "ISBN "0-415-28854-1 

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