Indian Film Industry Promoting Rape And Violence Essay

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Indian Film Industry promoting rape and violence
The Indian film industry is one of the biggest film industries in the world, producing over 1200 films yearly in Hindi and many other regional languages (McCarthy). The film industry plays a substantial role in shaping the attitudes, perspectives, and social interactions in Indian society. Studies have shown there is a correlation between the behavior of people and the films watched (Huesmann). The growing obscenities in Indian films and the expanding tolerance of the hypersexualized depiction of women have raised concerns over the effect these films have on society. To protect women and society from these influences Indian authorities must raise awareness to these issues. The Indian government should pass a law to censor the film industry, regarding portrayal of women and violent actions to reduce rape and violence in society. First, the portrayal of women in Bollywood films has led to the increase of rape rates in India. Since 2010, “The rape rates have increased by 7.1%” (Tilak) and a factor of this increase is Bollywood’s famous ‘Item Songs’, appearing more commonly around 2010. ‘Item Songs’ are a tightly choreographed, sexually provocative musical performance performed by women in almost every Indian film produced. These songs have absurd lyrics that strip women from their humanity. One example is a song, called ‘Fevicol Se '. The translation of one line is ‘I am like barbecued chicken, swallow me with a glass of…

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