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A Passage to India: Images of India in U.K/U.S Feature Films from 1930-2000
Unformatted Document Text:  A Passage to India Page 16 of 29 Student Paper in the West (3.2%, N=13), χ 2 (1, N = 1016) = 29.8, p < .001. In Chutney Popcorn, for instance, henna-painting is repeatedly used as a visual reminder of the Indian ethnicity of the lead role character. In movies like The Man Who Would be King, The Jungle Book, The River and Wee Willie Winkie, a series of images of fortune-telling, scorpion-eating, sword-juggling and the like are used to define an Indian bazaar. Vices. In the classical Laurel and Hardy comedy called Bonnie Scotland, one of the characters says that India represents the “wonders of youth”. Stereotypical vices associated with India such as hookah smoking, opium consumption, hashish 5 use, prostitution, alcohol consumption, nautch dancers and gambling were coded for. Drug use (hookah, opium, hashish smoking) appears in several movies including Autobiography of a Princess, Bonnie Scotland and The Deceivers. In trying to depict India as a land of unbridled sexuality, sex workers/prostitutes figure in the plots of movies such as City of Joy and The Deceivers, and, movies such as Stiff Upper Lips and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom repeatedly show images of nude female sculptures and the Kamasutra. Scenes in India (4.3%, N=26) were marginally more likely than those in the West (2.2%, N=9) to depict vices, χ 2 (1, N = 1016) = 3.3, p = 0.071. Status of women and children. The number of scenes in which women and children were portrayed as victims of abuse were much greater in India (9.4%, N=57) than in the West (1%, N=4), χ 2 (1, N = 1016) = 30.9, p < .001. Women and children are often shown as being victims of a socio-religious-cultural system that included practices such as dowry, sati, arranged marriage, child marriage, slavery, child sacrifices, child labor, child beggary, sexual violence such as harassment and rape, and portrayal of 5 type of hemp leaf (intoxicant)

Authors: Ramasubramanian, Srividya.
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A Passage to India
Page 16 of 29
Student Paper
in the West (3.2%, N=13),
χ
2
(1, N = 1016) = 29.8, p
< .001. In Chutney Popcorn, for
instance, henna-painting is repeatedly used as a visual reminder of the Indian ethnicity of
the lead role character. In movies like The Man Who Would be King, The Jungle Book,
The River and Wee Willie Winkie, a series of images of fortune-telling, scorpion-eating,
sword-juggling and the like are used to define an Indian bazaar.
Vices. In the classical Laurel and Hardy comedy called Bonnie Scotland, one of
the characters says that India represents the “wonders of youth”. Stereotypical vices
associated with India such as hookah smoking, opium consumption, hashish
5
use,
prostitution, alcohol consumption, nautch dancers and gambling were coded for. Drug
use (hookah, opium, hashish smoking) appears in several movies including
Autobiography of a Princess, Bonnie Scotland and The Deceivers. In trying to depict
India as a land of unbridled sexuality, sex workers/prostitutes figure in the plots of
movies such as City of Joy and The Deceivers, and, movies such as Stiff Upper Lips and
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom repeatedly show images of nude female
sculptures and the Kamasutra. Scenes in India (4.3%, N=26) were marginally more likely
than those in the West (2.2%, N=9) to depict vices,
χ
2
(1, N = 1016) = 3.3, p = 0.071.
Status of women and children. The number of scenes in which women and
children were portrayed as victims of abuse were much greater in India (9.4%, N=57)
than in the West (1%, N=4),
χ
2
(1, N = 1016) = 30.9, p
< .001. Women and children are
often shown as being victims of a socio-religious-cultural system that included practices
such as dowry, sati, arranged marriage, child marriage, slavery, child sacrifices, child
labor, child beggary, sexual violence such as harassment and rape, and portrayal of
5
type of hemp leaf (intoxicant)


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