BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Date of Submission



Nudrat Kamal, Lecturer, Department ofSocial Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


Bollywood plays a crucial role in socialization. Popular culture is so pervasive in our lives that it impacts how we construct our identity, how we view other people, what we think about other cultures, and how we understand history. Gender representation in these movies play an important role in how we perceive them.

This study explores the gender representation in Bollywood movies, spanned across two decades, using social constructivism theory as the backdrop of the analysis. The selected movies were Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Dhoom 2, Dabangg, Dil Dhadakne Do, and War. Gender representation was analyzed by looking at the historical context of the Bollywood cinema, the narrative of the movies, the roles played by males and female characters, the significance of those roles, the traits that they portrayed, the dialogues they had, and the changes that were observed in these movies. These movies, and the gender representation in them are a reflection of the larger society. This study found out that most of the movies are male-centric and the female characters are supplementary to the story of the male-lead. This is due to the lack of gender diversity in the film this industry.



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