An Invasion (Influence of Bollywood)

Our youth has become increasingly obsessed with Bollywood and i am mortified to admit that I hear people saying ‘sapna’ and ‘patni’ instead of ‘khawab’ and ‘biwi’. Bollywoods influence on Pakistan is undeniable and their culture is creeping into our society while we are blissfully ignoring it.

Throngs of people stand outside the cinemas that feature Bollywood movies and it pains me when I think of the revenue that we are generating to a cinema that is not our own. The influence of Bollywood is murdering our already crippled movie industry. People will wait in lines if they have to, just so they can watch the first screening of a new Bollywood movie they know nothing about. It does not matter if it attacks our culture and our traditions. If it has an item song with Katrina Kaif in it we won’t be missing it for the world. Right?

A lot of Bollywood movies portray us negatively concerning the Kashmir conflict and our next generation might start believing what they see. The young girl who works at my house knows the name of every Indian actor but started stuttering when I asked her the name of the prime minister of Pakistan. Don’t even get me started on the Grandpas and Grandmas who so dedicatedly watch every soap opera on Star Plus together. What will we learn from these soap operas? How to wear layers of makeup and pounds of jewelry to bed or how to fake a death and then come back craving for vengeance.  How horribly dramatized.

Most menacing of them all are the cartoons dubbed in Hindi that we so willingly allow our kids to watch. If your kid is watching that right now, please turn off the TV. Have some mercy. You’re opening your children to a culture that is entirely different from ours and they’ll grow up speaking Hindi and not Urdu or even English.

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Pakistani weddings have lost their charm and have become a mere representation of the Hindu culture. They do not reflect our values and customs anymore.  We have let Bollywood penetrate so deep into our society that change might be unacceptable to the masses now.  They have become accustomed to the Indian culture and if we want to bring a change we will have to revive our own entertainment industry.

We cannot just blame each other for this invasion of culture. We have allowed it and we must accept that. Our own entertainment industry is not doing that good so we watch Bollywood movies to de-stress ourselves and most people find that acceptable. It is acceptable if we don’t let it take control of us and set certain boundaries.

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By: Shamaim Younas (Section G – 11U0040)

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Posted on March 14, 2013, in Entertainment, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Good work. Bollywood has indeed invaded our lives, instilling their culture in us. 🙂

  2. A great piece I must say! Enjoyed it deeply and loved the part about the soaps haha

  3. Very well said!

  4. Great job, The examples provided were apt. Hindu culture has been gradually disintegrating our own culture since the very beginning. If only people realized it, we might have been in a better place!

  5. So true!

  6. I vehemently agree with the issues you have highlighted, particularly the influence of Bollywood on our weddings and on the youth of our country. I recently saw some of the kids in my family watching Doremon in Hindi and the very thought of them adapting that dialect sends shivers up my spine! I believe our entire nation will find these issues not only prevalent but also highly relatable. I love your writing style. I’m a huge fan.;)

  7. Hahhaa I absolutely hate Doremon :/ Thank you :*

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