Bollywood and the Search for the Ideal India Analytical Essay by Nicky

Bollywood and the Search for the Ideal India
Looks at the problematic representation of India in the Bollywood films "Shri 420" and "Roja".
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This paper explains that, whereas Bollywood films generally depict an idyllic India, this representation sometimes is tarnished by negative images of a corrupt nation. Next, the author reviews the plots of two Bollywood films, "Shri 420" and "Roja", in which both of these sides of Indian are presented. The paper concludes that the negative literary techniques within these films really are used to promote family values and traditional Indian life.

Table of Contents:
Deconstructing the Ideal
The Negative Side of India
Negative With a Purpose

From the Paper:

"The first task that needs to be undertaken in addressing the issues of negative images of India in Bollywood films is to define exactly what the ideal image of India entails. In order to accomplish this task, we must examine the central themes of the film and determine how they relate to traditional Indian roles and attitudes. The central theme of the film Roja, is the theme of love. It revolves around one man's love of his country and a wife's love of her husband. Many traditional Indian customs regarding love, marriage and the family can be found within the film."
The main character, Roja, is a girl from a small village. She wishes for a top cryptologist, Rishi Kumar to accept a proposal to marry her sister. However, Roja's sister is in love with someone else. The surprise twist comes when Rishi asks Roja's hand in marriage. Roja is unaware of her sister's other lover and refuses Rishi's hand, because she feels that her sister is a better match. Her parents pressure her to marry him and they move out of the village for the city.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Roja (1992) directed by Mani Ratnam
  • Shree 420 (1955) directed by Raj Kapoor

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