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The Conflict Between Modern And Traditional.

Gayatri C. & Emmen A.



     It is apparent in India that there is some sort of conflict between modern and traditional bollywood cinema. For example, older movies were more modest and less explicit language wise, it was very rare to see a "kissing scene" in traditional bollywood movies.  Also, the music in older movies would be more instrumental and poetic whereas now in modern movies, there are more electric beats and the lyrics often refer to modern life and partying. Thirdly, during the British  Raj, the British had a tight grip on the film industry, making it impossible to release a film with expressions of national sentiments. They would ban films such as Bahkta Vidur, which had an actor which appeared to be playing Mahatma Gandhi. Lastly, the music in the old films would be sung while filming (so the actor would have to be able to sing well to play the part). Now, the songs are pre-recored and "played back" while filming.


Portrayal of Women/ Modesty: 

In older Bollywood films, women were portrayed more modestly. 


They wore less revealing clothing, except for women in roles of prostitutes and dancers (those films were reserved for older viewers).  Now, in modern Bollywood movies, it is quite common to see women in more revealing clothing such as short skirt/dresses and bikinis for swim wear. 





In older Bollywood movies, the music was a lot more traditional and was more instrumental.  Also, the songs were performed live right in front of the camera.  In modern Bollywood movies, the music has more electronic beats. The songs are recorded, then played-back during the scene, as the actor/actress lip synch. 

A lot of the modern artists that produced music for the movies would be paid to sing a song that refers to alcohol or other topics that refer to such things. 




Plot line:

     In older cinemas, the plot always had to do with a guy trying to get out of a certain situation to achieve something great. Now, modern day Bollywood films show the normal life of an average guy. However, there is one plot line that has stayed the same for years, finding true love.

     IN older movies, the story line or the theme of the movie would usually have something to do with Hinduism and/ or marriage. Newer movies are embracing themes related to Islam and Sikhism such as New York (2009) which is about the 9/11 attacks and how they effected innocent Muslims and Singh is King (2008) which is a love story between a Sikh villager and a wealthy girl .   





    Director (65-years-old): " We should have a hero swoop in and save the girl from the bad guy..."

    Producer (25-years-old): "No, I think we need a dance number with Katrina Kapoor!!!"

    Director: "Umm... I don't think to. This is supposed to be a family movie."

     Producer: "Don't worry Sa'ab, her dress wont be too short... and besides aren't we planning to make a family sob movie after this one?"

    Director: "Yes and this movie was supposed to be an old fashioned-family friendly- action thriller! Back when Hindi cinema was just starting, people didn't even      put kissing scenes in the movies!"

    Producer: "You are so old fashioned Baba! I know what the public wants more than you do! I say we put in an item number and reserve the family movie for      another time."  

    Director: " I am the director and I say that there will be no item number with Katrina Kapoor in it!"

    Producer: "Your movie wont get many good ratings if you don't have some appeal to the older audiences. I'm just saying Uncle, that one small item number      wont hurt anybody, the children don't even need to watch it."

    Director: "I suppose your right. Okay, one item number, but it will have to be a number that children too can watch."




Works Cited

Burra, Rani, and Maithili Rao. "Cinema." Encyclopedia of India. Ed. Stanley Wolpert. Vol. 1. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.  252-259. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 May 2011.


"Manas: Culture, Indian Cinema." Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/Culture/Cinema/cinema.html>.








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