Movies that broke stereotypes in India

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Movies are a source of entertainment for everybody, regardless of sex, age, colour, creed and race! Some movies are made solely for entertainment purposes, while some movies, apart from being entertaining, do away with the stereotypes and teach new things to the audience. Such movies make people question their own thought processes and belief systems.
We all have seen and heard popular Bollywood tropes such as ‘sanskari ladki’ and ‘mard Nahi rote’ which lead to the negative impact of Indian cinema on society. Similarly, Indian stereotypes in Hollywood include, showing the Indian through the same old lens of poverty, the popular traditions and specifically choosing the actors with a certain amount of melanin to portray the Indian. However, with the advancements in the film industry, stereotypes in Indian movies are gradually disappearing. Let’s see which movies have contributed to this change:

1. Lipstick under my Burkha (2016)
Available on Amazon Prime video, an underrated female-oriented movie on Bollywood which revolves around the life of 4 women of various age groups and strata of society. They try to get as close they can to their innermost desires, but the patriarchal society holds them back. One of the best feminist movies in Bollywood, it displays the struggles of women who try to break stereotypes.

2. Chitrangada (2012)
A gender change movie in Indian cinema, which paints the thoughts, the conflict of mind, and everything that happens when somebody decides to go for transitioning. It has one of the most accurate gender representations in Indian cinema, which entails life of a person who is born as a man, but has the mind of a woman.

3. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan(2020)
Homosexuality was not a properly discussed topic in Indian cinema, and whenever it was brought up on the big screen, homosexual people were often represented in a ridiculed manner as we have seen in ‘Dostana’. But, in recent times amazing films like ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ were made, which has made accurate gender representation in Indian cinema, with brilliant actors like Ayushman Khurana and Jitendra Kumar.

4. Dum Laga Ke Haisha. (2015)
In the majority of the films in Indian cinema, we see the romance between physically flawless people, i.e. women with an hourglass figure, while men with a well-built muscular body. This movie broke the stereotype regarding ‘perfection’, just like the quote,’ love comes in all shapes and sizes’, showed us the perfection in the imperfect romance between a school dropout and an overweight girl.

5. Vicky Donor (2012)
There has always been unrest in many Indian Families, regarding matters like infertility and sperm donation. The film ‘Vicky Donor’ is a beautiful attempt to normalize sperm donation and matters related to infertility.

6. Mimi(2010)
The movie crosses all the notions regarding motherhood and shows the attachment of a surrogate mother with her child. It is available on Netflix.

7. Ajeeb Daastaans.(2021)
A film that captures the imperfect relationships at their highs and lows. The film(divided into four stories) surpasses the boundaries regarding class, sexual orientation, caste, and physical disability, and shows things as it is in the real world, twisting and tweaking it. 

8. Queen (2013)
Among the best feminist movies on Netflix Bollywood, the movie break the stereotypes regarding how a woman needs a man to go to live in a foreign land. The story builds on the life of a woman who decides to go on her honeymoon to Europe alone after her fiancé calls off the wedding at the last minute.
All these movies act as waves of fresh breeze!