Bollywood into Hollywood

 
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Often you see people making the connection between Bollywood and Hollywood movies by talking about the influence Hollywood has on Bollywood. However, people are reluctant to notice the effect and influence Bollywood has on Hollywood as well. The music of Bollywood is often looked at with American influence in not only the videos but within the lyrics and instrumental sound as well, similarly Bollywood movies are often compared to Hollywood movies and seen as a “knock off” of many. For example the movie ‘Hey Baby’ in Bollywood is often compared to the movie “Three Men and a Baby”, Hollywood movie ‘Hitch’ is often compared to ‘Partner’ and ‘Anger Management is often compared to Bollywood movie ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karoge’. Below is a comparison of Bollywood and Hollywood movies.

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While people are quick to point out the influence Hollywood has on Bollywood many fail to notice the influences Bollywood has on Hollywood. According to CNN, many Hollywood films also have been influenced by Bollywood. The 2001 musical “Moulin Rouge”, which depicts a tragic love story is known to have been heavily influenced by Bollywood. Other films that are notably known to have borrowed from Bollywood are Hollywood’s ‘The Love Guru’ and ‘The 40- Year-Old Virgin’.

What made me think of the influences however, was not Hollywood vs Bollywood but instead the recent trending and very popular post of a teenager named Meghan Koushik on Tumblr, who compares the ending of the popular American show ‘How I Met Your Mother’ to prominent and classic Bollywood 90s movie ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.’ The post became so popular it was even covered by and mentioned in The Times of India. It goes through the series finale and compares it to scenes from the Bollywood movie. Aside from this many others posted on twitter how they felt as though the series was a longated version of the Bollywood movie. The comparison depicts how while many are quick to point out the relevance of Hollywood influences in Bollywood, they fail to realize there are many Bollywood influences in Hollywood as well, but only those who keep up with Bollywood usually see the impact.

Tumblr Post:
http://meghantravelsturkey.tumblr.com/post/81411703887/how-the-himym-finale-was-basically-a-bollywood-movie

Times of India Article:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/english/tv/Fans-say-HIMYM-finale-like-Kuch-Kuch-Hota-Hai/articleshow/33243145.cms

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Pakistani News or Infotainment

For my research paper I am focusing on media in South Asia in particular in the country of Pakistan. When compared to the media portrayed in the United States, media in Pakistan has a significant amount of differences. Many of the popular channels and networks from which people receive their daily and international news is highly entertainment based. Infotainment in Pakistan is very common in order to attract the attention of the wide ranges of different audiences. The news is not only relatively short delivered but news networks even play music and animation to add an entertainment aspect to their updates.

I think talking about the differences in this country and learning how media is portrayed there relates to the course because it allows us to explore the different aspects of media internationally. Although the media consists of the same basic aspects of being informative or entertaining each country depicts media in its own unique way. This winter break I was able to experience the media myself in Pakistan. While watching one of the most prominent news networks “Geo TV News”, I found it interesting that when they spoke about a man creating a riot in a shopping center they played background music and even sped up the clip after discussing it to make his actions look different. This shows the entertainment aspect of the media. Although I could not find the particular video clip I was referring to, below is a compilation on youtube of clips consisting entertainment aspects of the news. For example while one of the anchor talks slow music plays in the background because the news he is discussing is considered “boring”. In this sense, instead of straight facts and information it is very common in countries like Pakistan to add an entertainment aspect to their news and media.

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