Once upon a time in Bollywood Omar Akbar AntonyLike the classics that celebrated religious tolerance (which had three protagonists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians), mainstream Bollywood now often serves as a mouthpiece for the BJP and the party’s India-related ideas. The secular ideology of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is now almost dead in Bollywood. The average commentary in Bollywood today is simply—India is the land of Hindus and those of other religions who come here are responsible for the loss of the Hindu motherland.
This view of India’s rulers is reflected in society and in Bollywood. Producers who do not support the narrative of this muscular, ultra-nationalist Hindu India are under fierce attack from the pro-BJP camp. Actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan expressed concern about growing intolerance in India in 2015. Since then there have been regular calls to boycott their films.
Current Bollywood films either do not have any Muslim characters, or even if they do have Muslim characters, they are portrayed as villains or sympathetic to Pakistan. Meanwhile, many leading personalities of Bollywood have become enthusiastic cheerleaders to spread this poisonous air.
Actors like Anupam Kher, Kangana Ranaut and Akshay Kumar have been prominent supporters of the BJP government. Based on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 PM Narendra Modi The film was released. The fact that the Vivek Oberoi starrer was a BJP campaign film has been kept under wraps and the film was released just before the general elections that year.