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“Hindi cinema has been a major point of reference for Indian culture in this century. It has shaped and expressed the changing scenarios of modern India to an extent that no preceding art form could ever achieve. Hindi cinema has influenced the way in which people perceive various aspects of their own lives. (Courtesy- Amitabha Bagchi)”

“Bollywood still retains its very Indian value and sticks to the traditional customs and life of people in India. This is especially true as it is diffcult to distinguish between art and life in South Asian society; they no longer imitate each other but have appeared to merge with each other. Political philosophies, social values, group behaviors, speeches and dresses in society are reflected in the cinema and also reflect back on the society. Furthermore, Film stars have moved from their fantasyland into politics to emerge as powerful figures guiding the destiny of millions. This includes a number of female actresses as well who have served themselves as the caretaker of the society. This development indicates that the female component in the film industry has made its presence known not just in the films but also in the real world. The role played by women in Indian cinema serves as a role model for other women with fewer opportunities to follow. With Bollywood being a big successful industry, the female characters played in their movies allow Indian women to relate themselves easily with these female characters. It is thus possible to view the cinema as a genuine symbol for society and this perception helps to understand the society in a better way. (Courtesy- Ruchi Agarwal)

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