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Pathaan Controversy | Is Bollywood Hinduphobic? | Shah Rukh Khan | Dhruv Rathee

Jan 26, 2023

Pathaan Controversy | Is Bollywood Hinduphobic? | Shah Rukh Khan | Dhruv Rathee

The same can be said of the caste. Have you noticed that most of the heroes in

Bollywood

movies are always high caste Hindus? Their last names would often be Sharma, Trivedi, Mishra, Shukla, Dubey, Pandey, Verma,

Khan

na, Kapoor, Malhotra. How many movies do you know where a main character, the main hero of the movie, is shown to be a Dalit? The same can be said for Muslims too. When Muslim characters are shown in

Bollywood

movies, they are portrayed in a stereotypical manner in most of the movies. Either the Muslim would be suspected, as in Chak De India, My Name is

Khan

,

Shah

id, New York, or the Muslim would be shown to be a terrorist.
pathaan controversy is bollywood hinduphobic shah rukh khan dhruv rathee
Neerja, Fiza, India's Most Wanted, Kashmir Mission, Kurbaan. Or the Muslims would be shown as gangsters. Once upon a time in Mumbai, Raees, Wasseypur Gangs. In historical movies, Muslim rulers are depicted as invaders. They are given the same type of clothing. Padmavat, Tanhaji, Panipat. Can you remember a Muslim character from a

Bollywood

movie, where a Muslim character is shown to be a normal person? A similar lack of meaning is seen when people from the Sikh community are represented in films. They are reduced to a caricature. These roles are always a bit silly and comedic, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Raja Hindustani, Singh is King, Son of Sardar, Santa Banta Pvt Ltd.
pathaan controversy is bollywood hinduphobic shah rukh khan dhruv rathee
Comedian Jaspreet Singh made a video about this. If they can't put a Sikh character in their movie, they will have other characters dressed as Sikhs for some situations. Similarly, the LGBTQ+ community is also caricatured and ridiculed when portrayed as characters in movies. Kal Ho Na Ho, Dostana, Student of the Year, Houseful, Humshakals, Laxmi. These are some of the main examples. Not just this, even regional identities have been stereotyped in

Bollywood

movies. When the South Indians are represented. They are mostly shown in the same way as in movies like Chennai Express. When Haryanvi people are shown, they are always shown to be fighting or doing honor killings in the film.
pathaan controversy is bollywood hinduphobic shah rukh khan dhruv rathee
The people of the northeast find little to no representation in

Bollywood

movies. And when it comes to the representation of disabilities, nonsensical movies use disability as a joke. The entire series Golmaal, Mujhse Shadi Karogi, Houseful 3, Crazy 4, Tom Dick and Harry, Phir Hera Pheri, Blind, Deaf, Amputee, all make fun of it. They are never shown to be a normal part of life, and a normal character in the movie might be blind, deaf, or an amputee. After hearing all this, does this mean that

Bollywood

is not only

Hinduphobic

but also Tribalphobic, Dalitphobic, Islamophobic, Sikhphobic, Homophobic, South Indian phobic, Haryanviphobic, North Eastern phobic, and even disabled phobic?
pathaan controversy is bollywood hinduphobic shah rukh khan dhruv rathee
We will continue to count all kinds of phobes here. Instead, let's just use one word, Mindless. When writers add these scenes to movies, they don't pay much attention to them. But like I said, similar to the case of Love Jihad and

Hinduphobic

, these are all individual examples. If you choose this way, there may also be a counter argument. Movies where the tribes have been beautifully portrayed. The 1942 film Roti, or Mrigya. Movies where Muslim characters have been shown to be normal people, 3 Idiots, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dhoom, Iqbal, Rang de Basanti, Gully Boy. Movies where their identities went beyond the simple fact of being Muslims.
pathaan controversy is bollywood hinduphobic shah rukh khan dhruv rathee
There are films in which the LGBTQ+ community has been adequately represented, My Brother Nikhil, Aligarh, Fashion, Kapoor and Sons, Badhaai Do, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga, Made in Heaven, equally So there are movies where Sikh characters were appreciably portrayed, Hey Lucky Lucky Hey, Border, Ghazi, Sardar Uddham Singh, and then there are movies where disabilities have been shown in a positive light. Black, Barfi, Margarita With a Straw, Paa, My Name is

Khan

, Iqbal, Taare Zameen Par, Mukkabaaz, even Zero,

Shah

Rukh

Khan

's film in which the disabled person interacting with the rest of the world was the central theme. .
pathaan controversy is bollywood hinduphobic shah rukh khan dhruv rathee
You would ask if there are also such examples in favor of Hinduism. Absolutely. In fact, most of the movies show Hinduism in a positive light, compared to the examples I pointed out above, those that can be considered problematic. Since Hinduism has been the dominant religion in India, even in

Bollywood

, Hinduism is displayed everywhere in a positive light. The devotional prayers that they sang in school, and there's a long list of this, where did these songs come from, folks?

Bollywood

Several movies became mega-hits, where religion was a central theme and religion was portrayed in a positive light.
The 1975 Jai Santoshi Maa, The Ramayan series was a huge success. There was also a TV series about Mahabharat. My Friend Ganesha from 2007, And there were 2 animated movies about Hanuman, and now recently, there was a movie about Ram Setu, Similarly, there are many movies where characters are shown celebrating Hindu festivals. Be it Holi, Diwali or Dussehra. Mother India, Sholay, Deewana, Mohabbatein, Badrinath is Dulhaniya, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Ranjhana, Ram Leela, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Swadesh, songs from these movies can often be heard during festivals. These songs have already become part of our tradition.
Other Hindu festivals like Karva Chauth, are shown in movies like DDLJ, Biwi No 1, Bagban, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Yes Boss. If this is showing Hinduism in a positive sense, what will do it? For comparison, how many movies can you think of where the characters celebrate Eid, Christmas, Good Friday, or Guru Parab? And the final argument the boycotters bring up, while they accept that many

Bollywood

movies show Hinduism positively, they don't like Hinduism being criticized in some

Bollywood

movies. Friends, there are movies that depict the social ills of our society. Such as Article 15, Jai Bhim, Diksha.
I would say that these movies are masterpieces. If you are not a casteist, you will have no problem with these movies. If social ills are described in our religions and cultures, it is a step in the right direction. In history, he did the same. They talked about the problems present in his time, so many social ills have been eradicated from the country. Like sati. This attracts the biggest arguments from those who boycott, point the finger at Islam and ask if there are no social evils in Islam. Why is no one talking about it? Why doesn't any

Bollywood

movie show that?
Friends, once again, there are several examples of this. Netflix, Prime Video, and various OTT platforms have these movies. Secret superstar, Lipstick under my burqa, Hum Do Humare Barah. Bol, Earth 1947, Trance, Caliphate, Material, Farha, Breadwinner, The Flower of Aleppo, is that, the entire narrative of Boycott

Bollywood

, is worthless. If one has to choose individually, I can present films against any theme or in favor of any theme.

Bollywood

is such a huge industry that you can find tons of examples, if you want to call

Bollywood

Hinduphobic

, Islamophobic, Tribal-phobic or Dalit-phobic. On the other hand, there are tons of examples, if you want to present

Bollywood

as progressive.
It has movies that are pro-tribal, pro-Hindu, pro-Sikh, because

Bollywood

is an industry. An industry that represents the soft power of India. That is why there is no point in boycotting the entire industry. The things that are problematic, the movie scenes that are problematic, only those should be protested. To imagine that there is a big conspiracy in

Bollywood

against Hindus is just laughable. Because as I told you, Hinduism is largely celebrated in

Bollywood

. And it is still being done. Friends, it's very simple. if you like to watch action movies go see

Pathaan

. If you don't like action movies, don't watch this one.
But anyway, don't be fooled by this blurb. Thank you very much!
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