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From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film
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From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims in film

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This is Part2 of the Muslims and Media presentation. It's focus is on a little history and the changes that have taken place in depiction of Muslims in Hollywood and Bollywood.

This is Part2 of the Muslims and Media presentation. It's focus is on a little history and the changes that have taken place in depiction of Muslims in Hollywood and Bollywood.

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  • 1. From to The changing roles of Muslims in film Javed Mohammed Writer-Producer Writer- k2film@live.com Muslims and Media Part 2 Changing the world one story at a time Copyright 2008
  • 2. Once upon a time in a land called Hollywood, they made dreams come true.
  • 3. Or depending on your point of view brought nightmares
  • 4. There were heroes
  • 5. And their were villains Dracula
  • 6. The Villains have varied over time: Indians
  • 7. Nazis
  • 8. Japanese
  • 9. Sometimes Muslim villains The Shiekh Rudolph Valentino 1921
  • 10. Generally Muslims were invisible in the early days
  • 11. As were Muslim heroes
  • 12. But the media was still mighty influential “The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
  • 13. Let’s fast forward
  • 14. In the 80s & 90s films like these were the norm: Genre: Muslim Drama, Kidnapping, True Story, Betrayal, Tear Jerker, Suspense, Escape, Doctor, Spy, Hostage, Political Film used for diversity training and understanding
  • 15. Not without my daughter: Tagline: “In 1984, Betty Mahmoody's husband took his wife and daughter to meet his family in Iran.” Film used for diversity training and understanding
  • 16. Not without my daughter: Tagline: “He swore they would be safe.” Film used for diversity training and understanding
  • 17. Not without my daughter: Tagline: “They would be free to leave.” Film used for diversity training and understanding
  • 18. Not without my daughter: Tagline: “He lied.”
  • 19. You won’t believe this but… This film was used for diversity training and understanding of Muslim culture
  • 20. This was followed by Shoot em ups 1987
  • 21. Billionaires, bombers, and belly dancers The Delta Force
  • 22. Stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims quot;Arab (read Muslim) culture has been the most misunderstood and supplied with the worst stereotypesquot;: Scott J. Simon
  • 23. Fast forward to Present
  • 24. It’s not all bad There are positive changes taking place.
  • 25. Azeem helps Robin Hood and fights the evil doers eventually saving his life. .
  • 26. Courageous An Arab traveler helps a group of Scandinavian adventurers in a battle with a tribe of cannibalistic raiders.
  • 27. More good stuff
  • 28. Saladin and the Muslims Thoughtful, compassionate, respectful, brave and human leader.
  • 29. So there is positive change taking place in Hollywood
  • 30. I get the picture, what about
  • 31. In Bollywood the story is similar but also different Muslims have had a small presence in Hindi film since the early days Dilip Kumar (real name Yusuf Khan) one of the top 3 actors of his time 1950s-60s
  • 32. There have been many Muslim Bollywood heroines Waheeda Rahman Madhubala Mumtaz
  • 33. Blockbuster director Directed by (Mehboob) and lead star a Muslim (Nargis)
  • 34. To one of the greatest Indian Epic films Mughal-e-Azam: Directed by (K. Asif) and lead staring couple Muslims (Dilip Kumar and Madhubala)
  • 35. Fast forward to today: Some of the lead male stars are the Khans Shah Rukh Khan Aamir Khan Salman Khan
  • 36. But its not all good! The heroines are gone, the Khans are fading, and there is a strong theme of nationalism in films.
  • 37. The Role of minorities has been stereotyped Gabbar Singh in Sholay
  • 38. Muslim character portrayal has been either timid
  • 39. Or violent
  • 40. Or Promiscuous
  • 41. Story of Indian partition: reduced to Romance and Rambo Gadar: A blockbuster where a Sikh hero rescues Muslim damsel during riots, fall in love And then goes to rescue her from evil Pakistani Muslims.
  • 42. Bollywood is secular but it still has its religious motifs in every film
  • 43. Worship
  • 44. Marriage
  • 45. And death
  • 46. Every culture promotes it’s History Beliefs Heroes Values Norms Attitude
  • 47. But where is the Muslim narrative? Whose telling your stories, history, values?
  • 48. As I said it’s not all bad We, collectively are responsible: It starts with education Taking ownership Ends with action.
  • 49. Spike Lee “I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought- provoking, entertaining films. I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people, from music, novels, the streets.”
  • 50. Mahatma Ghandi said
  • 51. What change will you make?
  • 52. Reference All images are used under “fair use” and obtained from the public domain. They are the property of the respective copyright holders. Please Note: I started to keep track of sources but it became too cumbersome.

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