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Hindi Films: Portrayal of Muslims as ‘Other’ in 21st Century Historicals


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Yadav, P. (2024). Hindi Films: Portrayal of Muslims as ‘Other’ in 21st Century Historicals. SOUTH INDIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, 22(2 June), 177-186.


Representation of religion in cinema has been a relevant subject for investigation by film historians of the Indian subcontinent. This article tries to evaluate the content of some of the movies based on the Medieval Period produced in the 21st Century, starting with Jaanisar and ending with Tanahaji. The article's basic argument is that in the films based on medieval history of India, filmmakers try to project the issues and problems concerning Muslims but ultimately stereotype them by describing them as debauch nawabs, trustworthy friends and villains. In popular culture, they are portrayed as ‘Others’ and represented according to society’s dominant notions. The article examines how films often depart from reality to reconstruct a mythical past.



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