Cultural Hybridity in Bollywood Movies


Indian film industry is counted as a largest film industry which is producing a great number of films every year. Indian movies are the fantastic way to depict the diverse cultures of different regions as it is intended to do. India is not specifically idealized for a single culture or the same traditional way to live rather it has also various dialects and living styles along with different values. Indian movies expose a variety of human instinct through the protagonists, so that people can identify themselves according to their own nature as well as culture. Bollywood film industry is known to reduce the anxiety or stress by producing the cathartic movies and with the composition of songs. The directors and story writers adopt various ways to combine different cultures and values of the people and depict them with an accurate method in the movie.

For this purpose, they have complemented the variety of cultures through such dynamic source of entertainment. The mixture of these values or traditions is called as hybridity. It is the biological term which was originated in the nineteenth century. It was basically used in order to merge the various traditions as well as scattered cultures in a proper discipline way. Hybridity is an instinctive procedure to bring together two segregate cultures as well as races. Indian cinema has produced such movies that are based on these ethnic values.

Bollywood industry presents the contradictions through interesting terms as all the movies are preferred to mimic American cultures and heritages. These movies are enjoyed by such diasporic societies. Indian movies have submitted an avowal of patriotism and cultural norms to challenge to the domination of American films as well as their cultures. Many of the indian movies like PK, Bajrangi bhaijaan, Kick, Dhoom 3, Fitoor, Raees, Bombay Velvet and many others have made in the genre of the modern era. Talking about the most recent movie ‘Bajrangi bhaijaan’, an indian movie which is based on two contradictory countries and depicts the story of a child girl who just came from Pakistan and lost in India.


The male protagonist Salman Khan has played as a role ‘Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi’ in this film and has an assignment to find out the little girl and bring back together with her family. In this movie, the director Kabir Khan has created hybridity of two contradictory countries and their traditions. The song selfie le le re has also filled with hybrid elements to amuse the audience.

The film has contained various astonishing moments as with the little pretty girl named Harshali Malhotra. This little angel has made her Bollywood debut with the TV show, ‘Laut Aao Trisha’. Before being the part of ‘Bajrangi bhaijaan’, she has also made many TV commercials. She is most talented and has amazing qualities with herself. As Bebo (Kareena Kapoor Khan) has stated:


“Harshali is amazing and director Kabir Khan might have had a daunting task to find someone as talented as she is. She is a wonderful actress. When she didn’t want to shoot for 2-3 hours, we wouldn’t shoot. With kids, it’s anyway difficult to shoot. I think she will be the real star of the film. Her performance is amazing and she is the most important part of the film.”

The other song of the movie, ‘Tu Chahiye’ is sung by fantastic singer, Atif Aslam. He also belongs to Pakistan and he turned out many songs for the Bollywood industry. By illustrating the elements of hybridity through the discoveries of a man; it is considered that this movie will bring positive impacts upon the audience of both countries and it will grow up a mutual understanding between the opposite homelands by giving a positive message at the end of the film.


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