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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 9 of 29 Student Paper writer was inferred using the biographies of writers available in Internet Movie Database and other online search engines. Producer. Amongst the producers, 16% (N=4) were Indians and 83% (N=20) were non-Indians. Even though the average proportion of stereotypical scenes in movies produced by Indian producers (M=46.8%) was less than that those produced by non- Indian producers (M=61.1%), these differences were not statistically significant at p<0.05. Time period. The time period in which the movies were set in were classified as either colonial (when India was under European colonial rule) or post-colonial (contemporary India). About 66.7% of the movies (N=16) were based in the colonial time frame whereas 33.3% of the movies (N=8) were set in contemporary times. There were significant differences in the percentage of stereotypical scenes featured in these two time periods. Movies showing colonial times depicted higher level of stereotypical portrayals (M=67.2%) whereas those set in contemporary times showed only (M=41.5%), F (1, 23)=5.12, p<0.05. Scene Analysis Type of climate. Overall climatic conditions in India seemed to be portrayed as extreme and uncontrollable. India was significantly more likely to be depicted as hot and sunny (14.5% of scenes, N=87) as compared to Western countries (0.5% of scenes, N=2), χ 2 (1, N = 1016) = 59.1, p < 0.001. The sun was often talked of in terms of a foe capable of bringing great harm and therefore something that Westerners in particular should protect themselves against. For

Authors: Ramasubramanian, Srividya.
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A Passage to India
Page 9 of 29
Student Paper
writer was inferred using the biographies of writers available in Internet Movie Database
and other online search engines.
Producer. Amongst the producers, 16% (N=4) were Indians and 83% (N=20)
were non-Indians. Even though the average proportion of stereotypical scenes in movies
produced by Indian producers (M=46.8%) was less than that those produced by non-
Indian producers (M=61.1%), these differences were not statistically significant at
p<0.05.
Time period. The time period in which the movies were set in were classified as
either colonial (when India was under European colonial rule) or post-colonial
(contemporary India). About 66.7% of the movies (N=16) were based in the colonial time
frame whereas 33.3% of the movies (N=8) were set in contemporary times. There were
significant differences in the percentage of stereotypical scenes featured in these two time
periods. Movies showing colonial times depicted higher level of stereotypical portrayals
(M=67.2%) whereas those set in contemporary times showed only (M=41.5%), F (1,
23)=5.12, p<0.05.
Scene Analysis
Type of climate. Overall climatic conditions in India seemed to be portrayed as
extreme and uncontrollable. India was significantly more likely to be depicted as hot and
sunny (14.5% of scenes, N=87) as compared to Western countries (0.5% of scenes, N=2),
χ
2
(1, N = 1016) = 59.1, p
< 0.001.
The sun was often talked of in terms of a foe capable of bringing great harm and
therefore something that Westerners in particular should protect themselves against. For


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