Era Of Hindi Cinema
The period from 40s to 60s, when Bollywood was experiencing its golden era, Hindi cinema had one more admirer other than the Indians, the ones in the mighty Soviet Union. The biggest country of its time, one of the most powerful nations was culturally inclined towards India without much of the knowledge of common Indians. More than the politicians, it was Bollywood that made sweet and strategic relations between the two countries. (Read More: Role of Russia in 1971 Indo Pak War) It was a belief that two prominent figures from India would be known to everyone in USSR, first being Jawaharlal Nehru, and other being Raj Kapoor.
Prior to the collapse of Soviet Union, Hollywood movies in erstwhile USSR were banned. The socialist country needed another source of entertainment and Indian Cinema fit well to their needs. Earlier in 50s, the USSR was recovering from the losses from the Second World War and India was also struggling to stand on its feet after a two century long colonial rule of Britain. There was similar kind of political environment in both the countries. Indian movies at that time were suitable for people of all ages and the movies gave utmost importance to the idea of family which was well appreciated in the Soviet Union.