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Hollywood / Bollywood

Directed by Deepa Mehta

Presented by Maggie Kuo


Bollywood/Hollywood is a 2002 film by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta. It is lighthearted, humorous, and family-oriented in nature, as opposed to Mehta's other films (most notably her Elements Trilogy of Fire, Earth, and Water), which feature very serious themes and focus on social issues.

  • The film pokes fun at traditional Indian stereotypes, as well as at Bollywood(the film features several Bollywood-style song-and-dance numbers).
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood/Hollywood

Bollywood is formally referred to as Hindi cinema, though frequent use of poetic Urdu words is fairly common. There has been a growing presence of Indian English in dialogue and songs as well. It is not uncommon to see films that feature dialogue with English words and phrases, or even whole sentences.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood
  • Conflict between tradition and modernity
  • - Bollywood / Hollywood
  • - Family & Marriage
  • -Religion
  • -Traditions of Indians
  • Tradition vs. Modernity
  • Effect of Modernity
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Bollywood / Hollywood
  • Unlike traditional Indian films, Bollywood films are featured with western Hollywood factors.
  • Dancing and songs
  • Kimberly Wertham’s music video
  • Rocky dances as exotic butterfly, Rokini!
  • Sue’s song:“I simply sweet and salty”
  • Dancing and songs in Twinky & Bobby’s party
  • “Life is so empty with no you”
family marriage
Family & Marriage
  • Sacrifice is the brightest torch of Indian family values.Life is like the opening of the Olympics, Rahul. Run, run with the torch, until you light the big torch and signal the games to begin.
  •  traditional ideology of a man in a family is responsible to maintain the family.
  • Remember you hold the baseball bat of destiny, and whatever curve ball life throws,always, always hit a home-run.
  • Do their best and control the destiny themselves.
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Family & Marriage
  • Conflict between tradition and modernity
  • “a white whore” ?!
  • The only one condition to find the girl he is interested: “Indian is a must.”
  • Dead father’s picture talks:Remember your promise me Rahul...family is paramount... paramount . You are but a hillock. 
  • Pressure from both of his parents.
  • Jesus Christ.
  • Twinky, don‘t takeGod's name in vain.
  •  For God sake, ma.He's not our God.
  •  All Gods are equal.
  •  Rubbish, Hindu Gods are number one.
  • Humorous conversation to show the traditional thought of religion from grandmaji
traditions of indians
Traditions of Indians
  • We‘re vegetarians.Don't ever ask for meat, beef.
  • And we don‘t shake hands, we greet byfolding them like so, and saying 'namaste'.
  • And don‘t look directly at anyone,always lower your eyes.
  • We‘re caught in a time warp here, trying topreserve what we can of the home country.

Trying to maintain their tradition:

  • Sunita, better tow my line. otherwise you‘ll be lostin lake Ontario, bobbing up and down in the water,without that all importantlife-jacket called tradition.
  • Struggle of immigrants:
  • Cannot fit in the foreign culture absolutely, but struggling between the tradition and the modernity (exotica).
tradition vs modernity
Tradition vs. modernity
  • Grandmaji & ma vs. Rahul
  • Rahul vs. Sue (Sunita)
  • “Which century is this”?
  • “Only fools don't question tradition.”
  • Sue’s father vs. Sue
effect of modernity
Effect of Modernity
  • Sue  Govind
  • Sue’s bold behavior and encouragement makes Govind get confidence.
  • Sue  Rahul
  • Breaks his traditional rules to love her, who had been a prostitute.
  • Hollywood Indian cinema
  • Bollywood featured with both Indian culture and new form of films with dance and songs.