Bollywood and the Caste System

December 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

We like to watch foreign films, and yes, even the kind with musical numbers that should embarrass us.  So today we’re reading about Bollywood and the caste system.  “Untouchable” is considered such a bad word in India that is like the n-word here in the U.S., so finding a respectful language to talk about castes has been difficult.  Bollywood, like a lot of other international films and tv shows, is a progressive force in India, and will hopefully turn otherwise bigoted people towards understanding.  And most interestingly of all, what few Bollywood films do discuss castes use Shakespeare to do it, often using Romeo and Juliet or Othello as their source of inspiration.

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