Bollywoodization of Sports: A Feminist Perspective

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Journal Title: Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research & Review
Author(s): Ayushi Sharma
Published On: 10/02/2023
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
First Page: 36
Last Page: 44
ISSN: 2582-8088
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Ayushi Sharma, Bollywoodization of Sports: A Feminist Perspective, Volume 4 Issue 1, Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research & Review, 36-44, Published on 10/02/2023, Available at


With the passage of time the Indian cinema has evolved and it is now considered as “the art of promoting a list of moving images where it tends to tell stories in a visual medium has been a concern for the feminists. Bollywood is known for its entertainment, drama, songs, dialogues It manifests a world of visualization where the characters try to portray the vision of the director, story writers, etc[i].” “The changing trends in Bollywood bring new dimensions to the film making. One such trend is of biopics on sports personalities and the other sports based movies. The sports biopics and movies created a fantasy world between sports and its viewers which gives the viewers the idea about the life- struggles and the strenuous efforts the players did to set a benchmark at national and international sports events by adding some glamour and entertainment to attract audience” . The movies tend to deliver a strong message at work in these films where the women protagonist by embracing her “sports”, which manifests physical “feminism” in which the women challenge to the “Indian patriarchy”. This study has aimed to assess depiction of “sportswomen” in Bollywood movies namely “Chak De India” & “Dangal”. The paper provides an analysis on “depiction of sportswomen as a mode to promote women empowerment by analyzing the secondary data like movie reviews , articles on films, to understand the idea of film makers behind such project is to bring a record breaking movie with their goals towards commercialization” . “But we can see with the desire of making movie a huge success the team fails to concentrate on the actual idea behind the movie. The movies tend to change the circumstances according to the drama which needs to be presented before the audience. The paper focuses on the elements of feminism in in the sports based movies. The feminist view is that equality of opportunities should exist with both men and women.”

The paper explores to the hardships the sportswomen had to overcome in day to day life to reach their goal.

[i] “DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER SYSTEM,[ last visited Nov 26,2022].”

Keywords: Sportswomen, Challenge, Feminism, Movies

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