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A Passage to India: Images of India in U.K/U.S Feature Films from 1930-2000

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This paper systematically documents the portrayals of India and its peoples in the Western film media. A content analysis methodology was used to observe and analyze feature films produced in the U.S and/or U.K from 1930-2000 where India and/or Indians feature in the storyline. The study identified, described and analyzed portrayals at three levels movie, scene and character. The findings suggest that there are significant differences in the portrayals of India and the West with respect to climate, scene locale, poverty, calamities, pollution, religious practices, death rituals, modes of transportation, attire, arts and leisure, and, treasures. Indian and non-Indian characters differed significantly with respect to occupation, place of residence, economic class, language, role, health, and religion. Overall, four stereotypical formulae emerge India as a land of the wild, of misery, of mystery and of luxury. The role of media in dispelling misconceptions and breaking uni-dimensional stereotypes about other cultures are discussed.

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Ramasubramanian, Srividya. "A Passage to India: Images of India in U.K/U.S Feature Films from 1930-2000" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111937_index.html>

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Ramasubramanian, S. , 2003-05-27 "A Passage to India: Images of India in U.K/U.S Feature Films from 1930-2000" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111937_index.html

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Abstract: This paper systematically documents the portrayals of India and its peoples in the Western film media. A content analysis methodology was used to observe and analyze feature films produced in the U.S and/or U.K from 1930-2000 where India and/or Indians feature in the storyline. The study identified, described and analyzed portrayals at three levels movie, scene and character. The findings suggest that there are significant differences in the portrayals of India and the West with respect to climate, scene locale, poverty, calamities, pollution, religious practices, death rituals, modes of transportation, attire, arts and leisure, and, treasures. Indian and non-Indian characters differed significantly with respect to occupation, place of residence, economic class, language, role, health, and religion. Overall, four stereotypical formulae emerge India as a land of the wild, of misery, of mystery and of luxury. The role of media in dispelling misconceptions and breaking uni-dimensional stereotypes about other cultures are discussed.

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A Passage to India Page 1 of 29 A Passage to India: Images of India in U.K/U.S Feature Films from 1930-2000 “Are you a typical Indian woman?” asked a professor. I was stumped by that question. To my knowledge there was no “typical” Indian but of course he clearly had a pre-existing notion of how an Indian should be. Such encounters are not isolated. Conversations about India with Westerners often revolve around poverty belly dancers turbans saris dowry deaths
Student Paper A Passage to India Page 29 of 29 Appendix 2 – list of movies analyzed in the current study Around the World in Eighty Days Autobiography of a Princess Black Narcissus Bonnie Scotland Chutney Popcorn City of Joy Deceivers The Foreign Body Gunga Din Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Jungle Book The Little Princess The Man Who Would be King Millionairess The Mississippi Masala Party The Rains Came The River The Sammy and Rosie Get


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