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Evolution of Father's Role in Bollywood

August 7, 2017

Father's Role in Bollywood movies-Reflection of modernization of Indian Culture


In last five decades, Bollywood has produced legendary films like Mughal-E-Azam, Sholay, Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Apke Hain Kaun, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, PK and Dangal, which reflected, culture prevailing during that period. On chronologically analyzing the above-mentioned films, it indicates that role of father in Bollywood movies has considerably changed over the last six decades and there has been a paramount shift from traditional to modernization of Indian males.


Released in 1960, Mughal-E-Azam is an epic historical real love story in which the father brutally kill his son’s beloved.


Released in 1975, Sholay a father agrees to remarriage of his dead son’s wife. Also despite being handicapped, he finally manages to avenge his children’s death is an indication of strength and liberated views of Indian males in that time.


Released in 1989 Maine pyar kiya the girl’s father is a simple person. He agrees to give a chance to the boy her daughter loves. The boy has to prove his love by earning Rs2000/- a month and make his own identity. He just wants to ensure that it is not an infatuation but a long lasting love basis on which a married life can be built.


Released in 1994 Hum Apke Hain Kaun was a fiction based on family drama where both girl’s father and boy’s uncle are college friends. They are modern in their views and their relationship is strong despite the tragedy striking the family. Father, uncle and brothers do not believe in unnecessary sacrifices within the family.


Released in 1995 Dilwale dulhania Le Jayenge was based on faith that fathers is concerned about the happiness and welfare of his daughter. It is a story of NRI family living in London but still having their roots in India. Imbibing of inculcated traditional culture with modern views touches the hearts of millions of people. The father’s insight in understanding the characters of the would be grooms and agreeing to love marriage ‘ja ja simran ja ji leh apni zindagi’ was a hit dialogue.


Released in 2014 PK the father belief in a hoax sadhu. However, he is open to views and eventually realizes his mistakes. Acceptance and gradually changing to broader and modern outlook is appreciable.


Released in 2016 Amair Khan Dangal has moved ahead of time. Here the father believes in equality of sons and daughters. The upbringing of his two daughters is tough and eventually they succeed in winning the wrestling match. However, the major portion of revenue is from overseas indicating that Indian father's are still lagging behind their counterparts.


All these films besides being an entertainment they had a message to convey. The common man identified himself with the character in the movies. They were blockbuster and the producers were rewarded with record-breaking earnings.

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