[ View the story "Women through a Bollywood lens" on Storify] Women through a Bollywood lens What impact does the multi-billion dollar film industry have on women in India?
The Stream· Thu, Jun 12 2014 17:58:36
Bollywood is the world's largest producer of movies,
over 1,000 films a year with a global fan base. However, India's film industry has faced growing scrutiny. A recent viral video examines scenes in popular Bollywood movies and ties them to incidents of assault in India.
NO COUNTRY FOR WOMENnocountryforwomen
@AJStream The greatest fallacy when it comes to gender norm in India is BOLLYWOOD. RAPE is a prevalent issue that BOLLYWOOD constantly denys#JusticeForTylerFray
An opinion piece published in
magazine weighed in on the issue.
Portraying women as sex objects has far-reaching ramifications from normalizing eve-teasing and stalking, to glorifying rape and murder. Women feeling a sense of safety in India is unquestionably in danger.forbes.com
@AJStream An agreeable statement. Bollywood has reinforced prevailing stereotypes just to make money.Aakash Gupta
@AJStream Yes. Especially the item number songs which are ususally projected as USP of a film. Why only females in such obscene roles?#IndiaRonita
Bollywood dance sequences or "item numbers", like the one below, have taken a lot of heat for how they portray women.
Jalebi Bai (item Song) - Double Dhamaal (2011) *HD* 1080p *BluRay* Music Videomissdilbarak
, item numbers are special songs, which are not connected with the story line. It is often thought to be made purely for commercial value.
@AJStream The marketing strategy of All" Bollywood films is to add sleaze thro' "item" numbers objectifying women. #NocountryforwomenDr Uzma Indori
@AJStream Most bollywood movies not only objectify women but also promote stalking. Most Hero's in bollywood think Stalking women is coolSameer Khan
@AJStream lol, the vast majority of Bollywood films objectify women. A handful have women in leading roles.Sumbz
Many tweeted The Stream on Bollywood's social responsibility.
@AJStream If you judge Indian women by just watching Bollywood mainstream films then its not showing them in a good light.Dev Chatterjea
@AJStream #Bollywood what happened to their "agenda setting" role? They should portray what ought to be, not what is!tolulope sangosanya
@AJStream True but #Bollywood has been really influential in shaping people's thinking. Should challenge rather than encourage #stereotypesFai
While mass media does impact social values and norms, it is simplistic to hold a commercial film industry responsible, especially one that is as diverse as 'Bollywood.' While much of the representation of women (or indeed, men, families, and society in general) is problematic, 'Bollywood' is not a monolith and represenations vary not only with every movie but often within a film.stream.aljazeera.com
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a conservative political body in India,
The Hindustan Times they had plans to encourage more value-based films.
the party's arts and culture experts are planning to create a department that would encourage the film industry to concentrate on "developing and promoting films [focused] on Indian tradition."hollywoodreporter.com
Several shared their views on the BJP's plan.
@ajstream That's a good move in a positive direction, there's a general decline in cultural identity lately,Galadima Shettima
@AJStream I think we need to keep their definition of "Indian values" as far away from #Bollywood as possible.Prerna Lal
@AJStream They don't have any rights to kill the movie maker's cinematic liberties. Values are mostly vague and subjective.Mayank Jain