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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 2 of 29 Student Paper In an ever-shrinking world, mass media have become one of the primary sources of knowledge about places that we have never visited and people we have never spoken to. Movies, in particular, have emerged as one of the most powerful media in the last century or so. Our understanding about cultures, peoples and practices from different nations around the world is often colored by the “cultural memory” that we have of them in our minds based on the images that we have seen in movies (Mitra, 1999). Movies play an important role in shaping ethnic and national identities, especially in the absence of much face-to-face interactions with these groups. These stereotypical uni-dimensional media portrayals of other lands and cultures are cause for concern especially amongst viewers who tend to misunderstand such portrayals to be close to reality. Negative stereotypes in particular can be dangerous since they have the potential to cause inter- cultural misunderstanding, conflict and even war. The overarching purpose of this study was to systematically quantify stereotypical portrayals of India and the Indian people in films made in the U.S and/or U.K. Firstly, a database of such movies that have India as its primary locale and/or had Indians as characters portrayed in the movie was created. Next, through content analysis, the study provided research evidence for the consistency of stereotypes that emerged across the movie spectrum. In particular, it examined the ways in which these movies repeatedly associated India with certain types of characteristics such as environmental conditions (climate, pollution, natural calamities), locales (rural/urban, dwellings, places of worship), modes of transportation, religious practices, presence of animals, death rituals, economic status and leisure activities. Characters (both Indian and non-Indian) were

Authors: Ramasubramanian, Srividya.
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A Passage to India
Page 2 of 29
Student Paper
In an ever-shrinking world, mass media have become one of the primary sources
of knowledge about places that we have never visited and people we have never spoken
to. Movies, in particular, have emerged as one of the most powerful media in the last
century or so. Our understanding about cultures, peoples and practices from different
nations around the world is often colored by the “cultural memory” that we have of them
in our minds based on the images that we have seen in movies (Mitra, 1999). Movies play
an important role in shaping ethnic and national identities, especially in the absence of
much face-to-face interactions with these groups. These stereotypical uni-dimensional
media portrayals of other lands and cultures are cause for concern especially amongst
viewers who tend to misunderstand such portrayals to be close to reality. Negative
stereotypes in particular can be dangerous since they have the potential to cause inter-
cultural misunderstanding, conflict and even war.
The overarching purpose of this study was to systematically quantify stereotypical
portrayals of India and the Indian people in films made in the U.S and/or U.K. Firstly, a
database of such movies that have India as its primary locale and/or had Indians as
characters portrayed in the movie was created. Next, through content analysis, the study
provided research evidence for the consistency of stereotypes that emerged across the
movie spectrum. In particular, it examined the ways in which these movies repeatedly
associated India with certain types of characteristics such as environmental conditions
(climate, pollution, natural calamities), locales (rural/urban, dwellings, places of
worship), modes of transportation, religious practices, presence of animals, death rituals,
economic status and leisure activities. Characters (both Indian and non-Indian) were


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