Published On: Mon, Apr 4th, 2016

14 Times Bollywood Endorsed Gender Stereotypes And You Didn’t Even Realise It!

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Indian cinema has been greatly influential in our society. Be it fashion trends or family gatherings or even general perceptions, films have shaped our thinking ever since its evolution. But where there are pros, there are bigger cons. In a male dominated industry women have for years struggled to gain an equal footing. Our films are a reflection of our society. For global audience it is a mirror towards how we treat women in real life. Despite filmmakers claiming that Bollywood is undergoing a wave of change in terms of storytelling, there is still a long way to go towards granting females a respectable stand, so that it equally reflects on our society. Veteran actor Victor Banerjee had once said, “Bollywood is a cancer. Hindi commercial cinema has denigrated women. We owe a debt of ingratitude to Bollywood for having insidiously polluted our culture covertly.”

Here are some quotes from famous films which might have been declared blockbusters, but certain dialogues or lyrics definitely proved that Bollywood has always reinforced gender stereotypes in India.

1. Jab We Met

jab we met

One of it’s most famous dialogues was indeed derogatory, if seen in correct light.

2. Raanjhanaa

raanjhanaa

The girl agrees to meet her stalker because he was “consistent” in his ways. There wasn’t any love involved.

3. Khandan

khandan

Men = God. Not anymore!

4. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

mere brother ki dulhan

So you mean there is an inherent difference between Bipasha and Madhubala? Like really?!

5. Mard

mard

You ought to be a zombie. Not a man if that was the case!

6. Malamaal

malamaal

Says who? Kill the dialogue writer.

7. Benaam Badsha

benaam badsha

Give me a break. What does “daag” even mean?

8. 2 States

2 states

Isn’t that what mothers are made of? And we love them for that. Period!

9. Cheeni Kam

cheeni kam

Of late, it’s become the other round, if you notice. Big deal!

10. Dabangg 2

dabangg 2

That’s why we say item numbers have ruined the minds of people.

11. Main Tera Hero

main tera hero

Since when did size become an issue? No wonder the film tanked.

12. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara

once upon a time in mumbai dobaara

Wait. What? Men need to mind their own problems rather than imposing it on women.

13. Wanted

wanted

Ofcourse financial security is important. But don’t some guys run after rich girls too? Hell yes!

14. Kal Ho Na Ho

kal ho na ho

Final word. Better luck next time!

R. Balki’s Ki & Ka is already the talk of the town for contradicting the gender roles placed upon women and men in Indian society. Revolving around a house-husband and a working wife, it surely is set to change how we look at the stereotypical roles put upon both the sexes. Here are few things we hope the film changes, something quite different than ever seen before.

ki and ka

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1. Women can also call the shots and be the man in a relationship.

2. A wife can definitely earn more than her husband.

3. Needless to say, women can protect themselves.

4. If they go out drinking, that doesn’t make them any less ‘pativrata’.

5. Even wearing high heels, women can run an entire management.

Consciously or unconsciously, we take Bollywood as a reflection of our society. Hence, it can be concluded that stereotyped portrayals of women in movies is definitely contributing to rampant sexism in India. Enough said!

 News Source IndiaTimes

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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