Anti-Hindu Sentiment in Bollywood by Amrit Hallal

Anti-Hindu Sentiment in Bollywood

Anti-Hindu Sentiment in Bollywood by Amrit Hallal

By Amrit Hallan

According to a survey done by Professor Dheeraj Sharma of IIM Ahmedabad and his team, in more than 150 schools, 94% of students believe Bollywood’s stereotypical representation is authentic. Those 94% of young minds fall for the propaganda and believe whatever Bollywood depicts as true and part of our History.

Bollywood is trying to create an alternate reality rather than showing it.Bollywood is trying to create an alternate reality rather than showing it. In research done by Professor Dheeraj Sharma, where he included movies and shows from the 1950s to 2010s – in 74% of films, Sikhs are laughable – in 58% of films, corrupt politicians share Hindu Brahmin surnames – in 62% of films, corrupt businessmen had Vaishya surnames. On the contrary, 84% of films show Muslims as deeply religious and honest people.

Now, let us look at some specific examples. PK is one of the most popular movies, starring Aamir Khan. Yes, I know plenty has been written on the film but no harm in repeating it. When many Hindus started protesting that in the film, Hindu gods, especially Shiva, are ridiculed, the makers of the film insisted that all religions are questioned in the film and to an extent, they are right. The small difference is whereas all the religions are questioned, Hinduism is ridiculed, and the ridicule is highlighted in a long sequence when one of the greatest Hindu gods, Shiva (a person acting as Shiva in a nautanki, not actual Shiva), is shown crawling under the seats or hiding in a toilet.

When the central character of the film PK questions other religions, he is not questioning their gods or making fun of their gods, he is simply questioning the way people try to placate the gods or try to make profit out of people’s blind belief.

But when it comes to a Hindu god, the very existence of the gods is questioned, and not just questioned, ridiculed, lampooned. Even the main godman in the end who questions and torments the female character is a Hindu. If you say this is because maybe the female character was a Hindu, then in this case, why not have a Muslim female character or a Christian female character? There was no particular reason for the female character to be a Hindu, just like there is no particular reason for Rishi Kapoor’s character in 102 Not Out to seek solace in a temple rather than a church.

In which Bollywood movie have you seen a Hindu priest or a Hindu sadhu playing a good, benevolent role? Hindu religious men and women are shown to be hoodwinking people, tormenting the lower castes or just being nasty in general. They are never a good or a normal part of the narrative. There is always a negative connotation that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. It is always the subconscious that is the target of such narratives.

The first image of a Hindu Brahmin in an old black-and-white movie that I have etched in my mind is that of a child running and colliding into a Brahmin who is reciting slokas, and the Brahmin hurls choicest abuses on the child, because now he would have to take a bath again.

When many Hindus started protesting that in the film, Hindu gods, especially Shiva

Your conclusion: Nasty, Repulsive Brahmin.

In another black-and-white movie, the character played by Lalita Pawar is reciting some Ramayana couplets and at the same time scheming how to usurp the property of her orphaned nephew.

Your conclusion: Chants in Hinduism mean nothing and they don’t carry any spiritual significance. Mostly nasty people chant these religious couplets.

You may say that they are showing the duality and the hypocrisy of the character, but why are such duality and hypocrisy shown JUST among Hindu characters in the films and not in any other religion?

The convoluted narrative is so alarming that in a recent movie Sherni that was based on true events and real-life individuals, the main villain in real life was a Muslim (Asghar Khan), but in the movie he is shown to be a Hindu who wears the sacred saffron thread on his wrist – this is highlighted multiple times in the movie to make the point. The lady protagonist in the movie is shown to be a Christian whereas in reality, the lady IFS officer who caught Asghar Khan was a Hindu named KM Abharna. Why was there such a pressing need to change the religion of the persons on whose lives the movie was based?

In the movie Roti Kapda Aur Makan, when the character played by Maushmi Chatterjee is gang raped, one of the rapists is a saffron-clad holy man. Do they have the guts to show a person looking like a maulvi or a church priest raping someone?

In the movie Guide, crude-looking Brahmins are shown deceiving gullible villagersIn the movie Hichki, the heroine (who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome) is rejected by all Hindu-sounding characters but is provided help by Christian and Muslim-sounding characters.

In the movie Guide, crude-looking Brahmins are shown deceiving gullible villagers, but when an English-speaking city dweller comes and defeats them in an English-Sanskrit debate, they flee in panic.

Most of the sadhus are disguised swindlers looking to steal or molest women. People are cutting the Hindu “choti” in disgust, disappointment, or simply for fun. Characters are performing nasty acts while chanting Hindu religious hymns. The temple is dirty and small, but the mosque or the church is grand and majestic. People behave lampoonish while standing in front of Hindu deities but are very serious and deferential when in a mosque or a church.

Examples like these can go and on. Not all depictions are obvious. You need to sensitize yourself and develop a special eye to pick nuances and realize what is going on.

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The Bollywood template for creating anti-Hindu movies and TV series

  • Name the characters Ram, Krishna, Shiva, or any other Hindu God and then make other characters call them names, or make the characters named after Hindu gods do nasty things.
  • Show the hero entering the temple or interacting with the deity as if he is doing a favor by coming to the temple. The body language, the smug look on the face, nothing tells that the person has a trace of devotion.
  • A nice person who comes to help the hero or his family is always a Muslim or a Christian. This is highlighted by the way the person plays or through the surroundings.
  • When a destitute child in a movie is adopted, he/she is always adopted or sheltered by a pious Christian or Muslim, never by a pious Hindu.
  • If a kid studies in a good school, it is always a Christian missionary school with fathers and sisters moving around wearing cloaks.
  • A person who speaks fluent English is educated and smart. A person who speaks fluent Urdu is cultured, refined, and literary. A person who speaks fluent Hindi is either a comedian or a conniving, vile person.

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  • Make subtle, disparaging remarks regarding what stupid rituals you have or what silly gods you have.
  • Question religious practices and rites when they are taking place, create doubt and in general, create an atmosphere of cynicism around those practices and rites.
  • Show a person misbehaving or doing a very filthy act immediately after praying in front of a Hindu deity or coming out of the temple.
  • Never show a religious Hindu person doing good deeds.
  • Create special circumstances where a person chanting a Hindu prayer is also doing something nasty such as stealing, beating up, or misbehaving. On the other hand, a person chanting a Christian or a Muslim prayer is always dignified and up to some serious work, even if illegal.
  • A good message or an inspiring manifestation comes to the protagonist only in the form of a Christian or a Muslim scripture, never from a Hindu scripture.
  • Make fun of Hindu gods in the name of tolerance and sense of humor but never apply the same yardstick to other religions.

About the Author
Amrit Hallan is a writer learning the ropes and trying to remain true to what he believes in. As a writer he has no problem being politically incorrect. He likes being praised for his writing, but not at the cost of what he believes in. Although he is a professional writer, his true calling is literary and journalistic writing.

Professor Dheeraj Sharma of IIM Ahmedabad

Bollywood’s stereotypical representation is authentic

corrupt politicians

Hindu Brahmin surnames

PK Movie

Aamir Khan

Hindu gods

Lord Shiva

Rishi Kapoor’s character in 102 Not Out

Repulsive Brahmin

Brahmin who is reciting slokas

Lalita Pawar

movie Sherni

sacred saffron thread

KM Abharna

Maushmi Chatterjee


church priest

Hichki movie

crude-looking Brahmins

English-Sanskrit debate

Hindu religious hymns

anti-Hindu movies

TV series

Amrit Hallan author