Bollywood's Muslim stereotypes

Bollywood is an important contributor to the image of Muslims but it is not the only contributor. The Muslims themselves are important, too

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

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Recently, I read a book on how Muslims have been portrayed in Bollywood films. But before I tell you about it, a brief personal digression.
Although I grew up entirely in north India — Bhopal and Delhi mostly — it was only when I was 32 years old that I interacted with my first Pakistanis, also in their 30s. They were a couple of civil servants from the equivalent of the Pakistani IAS.
My first thought was how the Pakistanis were no different from anyone I had known in Delhi and Bhopal. The latter, after all, was full of Muslims, and Delhi was full of Punjabis, at least till the mid-1980s. These Pakistani guys were Muslims and Punjabis.
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

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First Published: Nov 23 2021 | 11:09 PM IST

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