Hindutva in Bollywood Exploration of Hindu nationalism and image of Muslims in Hindi Cinema

  • Noman Ahmed Ansari
  • Osama Shafiq
Keywords: Hindutva, Bollywood, Hindu nationalism, Muslims, Hindi Cinema


With the beginning of the 21st century, the world tuned into a global village and with the advancement of new communication technologies, the boundaries among the nations shrunk. In the past few years, in many countries, the notion of nationalism arose and nations are using advanced communication means for the fulfillment of this purpose. Hindu nationalism or Hindutva has long historical roots and in contemporary times the rise of Hindu nationalism is the most discussed phenomenon among the scholars. Bollywood is the most watchable and rich entertainment industry which is growing not regionally but also reached a global level in the context of its audience. The purpose of this research is to find out the relationship between Hindutva, BJP and Hollywood and exploration of Hindu nationalism, the image of Islam and Muslims in Hindi movies. The main objective of this study is to examine how Hindi movies are encouraging Hindutva ideology, promoting Hindu nationalism and Hinduism and distorting the image of Muslims through its specific content. Concerned objectives of the study are achieved by the help of content analysis of four high grossed and top-rated Hindi movies: Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Uri: The Surgical strike and Tanhaji. A high level of encouragement of Hindutva was found in the content of overall movies. Movies are portraying a negative image of Islam and Muslims while the promotion of Indian Nationalism is found at the third number.

How to Cite
Ansari, N., & Shafiq, O. (2020). Hindutva in Bollywood Exploration of Hindu nationalism and image of Muslims in Hindi Cinema. Al Tafseer - Biannual Journal, 36. Retrieved from https://al-tafseer.org/index.php/at/article/view/193