Portrayal of the Muslim Community and Islam by Indian cinema Post 9/11- An Analysis

Venkataraghavan, Manjula (2015) Portrayal of the Muslim Community and Islam by Indian cinema Post 9/11- An Analysis. Journal of Media Studies, 28 (1). ISSN 1812-7592)

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Indian cinema has been a mirror to the multidimensional nature of the subcontinent, be it in its portrayal of Indian culture, society, castes, classes, politics, art, or religion. Movies like Bombay depict the trauma of an inter-religious love and marriage of a young Hindu man and a beautiful Muslim woman, and their ultimate triumph, amidst a communal riot. Muslim terrorism was depicted in movies like Roja, Mission Kashmir, Maachis and others, with Kashmir and the Indo-Pakistan conflict as the theme. Minorities especially Muslims, as spies, traitors, or smugglers, has been a common theme in commercial cinema. This paper attempts to examine the representation of a minority community— the Muslims- in Indian cinema post 9/11. The paper presents a content analysis of the films New York, Anwar andVishwaroopam. Predominantly, so far, the representation of this minority community in Indian cinema has remained within the dominant discourse, even in its stereotyping.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indian cinema, portrayal, Muslims, post 9/11, content analysis, stereotyping.
Subjects: Communication > MIC Manipal
Depositing User: MIC Library
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 12:39
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 12:39
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/144549

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