Isn’t It Time Bollywood Also Gave Up The ‘Muslim Terrorist’ Trope?

Shah Rukh Khan in My Name Is Khan (2010)

In Indian cinema, similar Islamophobic tropes exist, but they manifest differently: as products of a complicated, violent history of colonialism rather than the one-dimensional narrative seen in the West.

Not only does this pit Indians against Muslims, but also frames the narrative in a way that implies all Muslims are Pakistani, making the dominant narrative that Muslims don’t belong here. In a country where Hindu-Muslim conflict is still rife and where Bollywood’s impact runs so deep, pushing such narratives sets a dangerous precedent.

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Paroma Soni

Paroma Soni

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writer, videographer, editor — new to Medium! passionate about identity, film, culture, and politics. currently working at BuzzFeed. → www.paromasoni.com