Cultural Stereotypes In Indian Cinema

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Indian cinema, one the oldest film industries in the world, is home to several different cinema traditions reflective of India’s ethnic diversity (with Hindi cinema being the wealthiest, most popular and the only major exporter locally and internationally). With the development of cinema in India and it being closely related to popular Parsee (Parsi) theatre, the conventions of song and dance influence have films after proven that sound to be very popular, as it brings music, regional languages with it “Song and dance musicals have become standard, but great variety in terms of mise-en-scène, content” (Callender 2017). Furthermore, Indian Cinema has become popular widespread in India as well as internationally, moreover with Hindi cinema popularising…show more content…
In a very explicit way, Indian cinema has shaped the cultural, social and political values of people of this country” (Tere 2012). Indian Film, has also “mirrors the social reality and provide an insight in how gender is perceived, though one might argue that mainstream films reinforce genders and regional stereotypes that are often plucked from popular culture” (Javalgekar 2017). These stereotypes will be further discussed using examples from movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge , while highlighting the interaction between the representation of both gender in Indian film and its influences on Indian Society and vice…show more content…
The “working woman has vanished from the popular blockbusters of the nineties which relegated Indian women to the boundary of the home, as learned from previous stories .” (Tere 2012). This is seen in all the married women of DDLJ, especially in Simran’s mother who stay home to cook and clean and to take care of her two daughters, she is also not allowed to speak on Simran’s defence when it was discovered that she has fallen in love with someone else while knowing of her upcoming engagement, although Lajo (the mother) is the matriarch of the family, that title holds no power as she is still to be a submissive wife to her

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