Stereotypes in Bollywood

At a time that celebrates Vaisakhi, Bengali and Tamil New Year, BollyCurry looks at some movies which depict these common stereotypes in Bollywood movies.

Monday, April 14, 2014   |  Copyright: BollyCurry  |  Comments 14 Comments  |  2811 Views

 
Movies are probably the most stereotype-heavy medium out of every other form of art. Filmmakers just can't help but stereotype the characters of their movies who belong to any other sector of the world that is not essentially theirs. It's sloppy, lazy and unfortunately a big reality in the mainstream Bollywood films. At a time that celebrates Vaisakhi, Bengali and Tamil New Year, BollyCurry looks at some movies which depict these common stereotypes in Bollywood movies.

The most loved sector to be stereotyped in Bollywood movies is definitely the Tamils of India. Every now and then, one would see a Tamil character in a Bollywood movie, sprouting the dialogues which we have heard hundreds of times before with no novelty given to them at all. One recent example is Ra.One where Shah Rukh Khan played the role of a Tamil scientist who kept uttering the word "ayyoo" in every sentence and eating all his food after mixing it with yogurt first. Then there is this appealing aspect of one's personality that is the accent. While it isn't always easy for speakers of one language to perfectly grasp the accent of another, making all the Tamil characters provide comic relief because of their heavy accent is another one of Bollywood's favorite stereotype. The most recent one being Deepika Padukone's character of Meena in Chennai Express

Bollywood has been concentrating on depicting the vibrant Bengali culture quite a lot these days. Vidya Balan's superhit movie Kahaani was solely based in the city of Calcutta and showed the culture of the Bengalis through the various characters which the protagonist encountered. Although it was all portrayed in a tasteful way that is quite rare in this stereotyped ridden atmosphere, there are other examples where every Bengali is shown to be expert in all things fish. A particular scene from the recent flick Gunday serves as an example.

Our filmmakers love the Sikh community. It all started with the various takes on Bhagat Singh's life back in the 1960s and Bollywood movies still continue to portray Sikhs in a rightful, heroic light where they can do no wrong and can fix all kinds of injustice with their powerful muscles and preaching quotes. The recent Sunny Deol starrer Singh Saab The Great is a good example of it. However, Sikhs have been the butt of many jokes over the decades as well as they are portrayed as fools who serve the purpose of making the audience laugh via ridiculous slapstick comedy. Son of Sardaar received much negative flake from the Sikh community because of this.

With the industry progressing, there are many exceptions to these stereotypes nowadays. However, the fact remains that such stereotypes about the various communities of the country are so deep rooted in Bollywood movies that it's hard to completely eradicate them. BollyCurry wishes that in near future we get to see more tasteful and accurate portrayal of such communities. Till then, why not mention some of the stereotypes you've noticed in the comments below. 
 

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  • Posted on: 30 April 2014 at 4:57amnikki.171

    True that. The muslim community is very much sterotyped in Bollywood as well.

  • Posted on: 15 April 2014 at 11:09pmQueen99

    Commenting here only for deepika padukone

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  • Posted on: 15 April 2014 at 6:20am-RanDeep-

    Commenting here only for Deepika Padukone she rocks!!!!!
    Deepika Padukone

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  • Posted on: 15 April 2014 at 4:46am-Maryam.K-

    Commenting here only for Deepika Padukone
    She rockss

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  • Posted on: 15 April 2014 at 3:00amsamicute

    This article is written beautifully. Love Deepika Padukone

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  • Posted on: 15 April 2014 at 1:52am..Deepkriti..

    I never looked at it that way. But they are right. Everytime you see a tamil character they have most probably made it comic, everytime a punjabi character either comic or heroic and every begali character us head over heels for fishes. Their are normal peoples too

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  • Posted on: 14 April 2014 at 10:41pm-RanDeep-

    This article is written beautifully. Love Deepika Padukone

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  • Posted on: 14 April 2014 at 10:00pm-Maryam.K-

    This article is written beautifully. Love Deepika Padukone

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  • Posted on: 14 April 2014 at 7:34pm.HookandHybrid.

    The article has been beautifully written!

  • Posted on: 14 April 2014 at 7:12pm.Farzi.

    Love the article Mais!


    I hate how communities are always stereotyped. Like us Christians are perceived to be drunk people who can't speak Hindi and who only sing and dance all day long. Like seriously? I am Christian and I speak Hindi better than many of the non Christians I know!

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