Stereotypical characters in Bollywood movies

Published on 06th Oct 2020 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

Over the years Bollywood has changed a lot and the landscape has been shifting more towards producing meaningful movies. Despite this shift, there are some stereotypes in bollywood movies that continue to exist. Here are some of them:

1. Every guy from UP/Bihar

Whenever our filmmakers have to portray a character from northern India, UP and Bihar in particular, they make him don a gamcha, that thin red cloth around the neck of the guy, chew some paan, wear some strange combination of kurta and jeans and he might or might have a gun hidden somewhere. 

Every guy from UP/Bihar
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2. Folks from Maharashtra

For those movies having Mumbai as their location, the maid always wears a nauvari saree, speaks Hindi in an accent heavily influenced by Marathi, always uses ‘Aga Bai’ in the prefix or suffix while speaking, and she has to be a proficient lavani dancer. 

Folks from Maharashtra
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hindi-bolly-bollywood.blogspot.com
3. That guy from Goa

Every guy from Goa is portrayed as the one with long, curly hair, is an excellent guitar player, wears the most vibrant shirts available, spends his days on beaches, struggles to keep a job or doesn’t have a job to begin with, and drinks beer most of the time.

That guy from Goa
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4. The lungi wearing South-Indian

In the eyes of the filmmakers, the whole Southern part of Indian falls into the state of Tamil Nadu, hence, every South-Indian character is a Tamilian who can’t go a single day without his idli, dosa, and curd rice. The character has a long name that most of the others can’t pronounce even after multiple attempts and have to finally resort to a short nickname, the guys only wear a lungi irrespective of the day or occasion and says ‘aiyyo’ more times than the total number of syllables in their names.

The lungi wearing South-Indian
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fuccha.in
5. Troubled teens

Every other teen is in some kind of trouble or is suppressed by his/her family or society in some way. Most of the time the father is the villain of this person’s life, the society makes fun of them, he/she has just one friend or mentor who’s nice enough to support their dream of doing anything other than Engineering or MBBS.

Troubled teens
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thedailystar.net
6. The angry cop

The cop is a workaholic, has been suspended by the department due to a mistake but is so motivated that even when he’s on leave, he can’t stop chasing the bad guys and as soon as there is trouble on the horizon, the department calls him back because apparently he’s the only one who can save the day. 

angry cop
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indianexpress.com
7. A homosexual character

Apparently, according to Bollywood, every homosexual guy is either a fashion designer or works for the fashion industry in some way, dresses in the most colorful and skin-tight attires, has a very weird walk and way of talking, and always falls for the straight protagonist. 

A homosexual character
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indiatvnews.com
8. The all-powerful hacker

The portrayal of a hacker in Bollywood is that of a youngster who only wears hoodies, types at light-speed, only works in front of black screen that has green characters (letters), can pull off a hack in the last few seconds when everything is about to fall apart, can hack into anything except the script of the movie he/she is starring in

The all-powerful hacker
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24vdo.blogspot.com
9. The Bengali Babu Moshai

The portrayal of a hacker in Bollywood is that of a youngster who only wears hoodies, types at light-speed, only works in front of black screen that has green characters (letters), can pull off a hack in the last few seconds when everything is about to fall apart, can hack into anything except the script of the movie he/she is starring in.

The Bengali Babu Moshai
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quora.com

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