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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 25 of 29 Student Paper story of the move, there seems to be lesser proportion of stereotypical scenes. Also, in general amongst those movies set in post-colonial contemporary India there seem to be fewer stereotypes than those set in colonial times. Images and words from mass media like newspapers, television, films and the Internet leave their imprints in our minds that impact the ways we deal with these people when we encounter them in real life. Thus in a global space, while interacting with the flesh-and-blood persons from around the world, we are also responding at a less conscious level to the cultural memories that we already have of the places and peoples that these people represent. With the increase in Indian immigrants into the United States, these encounters have become more likely to take place. Indians in the U.S. have to rewrite their histories that have been told through movies by American film producers. If we do not respond now, future generations of Indians would have to continue to live with the burden of being misunderstood and misrepresented. Conducting research studies like this is the first step towards dispelling existing misconceptions about cultures other than our own and influencing the ways in which their identities as a group are being represented.

Authors: Ramasubramanian, Srividya.
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A Passage to India
Page 25 of 29
Student Paper
story of the move, there seems to be lesser proportion of stereotypical scenes. Also, in
general amongst those movies set in post-colonial contemporary India there seem to be
fewer stereotypes than those set in colonial times.
Images and words from mass media like newspapers, television, films and the
Internet leave their imprints in our minds that impact the ways we deal with these people
when we encounter them in real life. Thus in a global space, while interacting with the
flesh-and-blood persons from around the world, we are also responding at a less
conscious level to the cultural memories that we already have of the places and peoples
that these people represent. With the increase in Indian immigrants into the United States,
these encounters have become more likely to take place. Indians in the U.S. have to
rewrite their histories that have been told through movies by American film producers. If
we do not respond now, future generations of Indians would have to continue to live with
the burden of being misunderstood and misrepresented. Conducting research studies like
this is the first step towards dispelling existing misconceptions about cultures other than
our own and influencing the ways in which their identities as a group are being
represented.


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