Global impact of Indian culture with India movies.

With Indian Cinema producing a large number of films every year, the whole world gets an impact of Indian culture


Cinema is an important medium of communication. It is a very powerful medium that cuts across all divides of class, and has the great ability to influence masses. Especially in today’s digital age, where creating and sharing movies has been made very simple, it is easy to reach a wide audience like never before.

Globalizing and popularizing an idea

Indian cinema has always been on the global scene, due to the pioneering work of movie makers like Satyajit Ray, Dadasaheb Phalke, Girish Kasaravalli, and Bharathan, among others. As mentioned, cinema is a medium that can cut across linguistic and cultural borders, and can communicate to all people.

Movies with a universal theme would appeal better to a foreign audience, but to introduce a particular culture to a group, an ethnic theme would work best. Movies like Bhansali’s Devdas, Rituparno Ghosh’s Choker Bali, Ray’s Apu trilogy, Meera Nair’s Salaam Bombay, or Kukunoor’s Hyderabad Blues speak in their own way about the life and times in India. Some of these movies are set in modern India, and some are set in pre-independence days. Each movie speaks about Indian culture, based on the director’s style. Indian movies have been presented in international platforms like the Oscars, Cannes, and other major movie festivals for several years now, but it is only in the last few decades that popular Indian cinema has gained an audience. It is important to include subtitles in English or the local language for better understanding.

Thanks to Indian cinema, Indian festivals like Holi, and Deepawali, have become familiar terms to foreign audiences. Likewise, movies like Deepa Mehta’s Water, and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire play their role in highlighting social evils that were (or still are) a part of our society.

At the same time, the Government should also do their bit in encouraging and promoting meaningful cinema, which goes beyond the Bollywood song-dance routine. Movies with a social theme like Manthan, or the Kannada film Dweepa, should get financial assistance, as well as more platforms.

Indian artistes like Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bacchan, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor etc. are making their presence felt in foreign shores in different ways. They are either involved in acting in foreign films, or are part of the jury at prominent film festivals, like the famous Cannes Festival in France. These artistes also do their bit in promoting Indian culture abroad with their appearances.


Film makers have an important responsibility while creating movies. They become the ambassadors of their culture. So it is very important that they try to remain neutral in their presentation, but at the same time make sure they do not miss out on anything important.
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  • RE: Global impact of Indian culture with India movies. -Deepa Kaushik (04/30/14)
  • Indian culture is well propagated by means of the Indian films featured across different parts of the world. Indians are settled in different parts of the world and with their charm, Indian movies are also travelling across the globe.

    There are many movies giving the special note of the Indian culture and its importance. The pride and honour of our culture has been well expressed by the various actors and actresses of the film industry. Media is the fastest means of communication and movies have a long term impact on people in comparison to any other form. With such a crucial role to play, Indian cinema has spread its charm worldwide.

    The latest movies of the Indian film industry have definitely created a setback to the values of the Indian culture. The film industry has become more focussed towards attracting the young age group, with their silly tactics of featuring the romantic stories in an unedited manner. Some of the movies definitely are going much out of the values of Indian culture. It would be better if we can refine those movies as well to retain the charm of our culture and prestige forever.
  • Global impact of Indian culture with India movies. -Nupur Bhargava (04/04/14)
  • With Indian Cinema producing the large number of films every year, the whole world gets an impact of Indian culture.

    Culture is the support upon which a society thrives. The following aspects when joined together are called culture, they are: art, social norms, language and attire. A culture cultivates with human ingenuity and by the interchange and fusing of ideas and way of life across evolutions. Media plays an important role in the formation of mind-set of the citizens. Indian cinema is a source that replicates the factual disposition of the society and also the changing reality.

    The Bollywood movies play an important role in forming the mind-set of the people across the world in all societies. Indian cinema has an emotional impact on the viewers and makes them contemplate and guzzle reasoning and the subject of inspiring movies. Bollywood movies have a significant market in U.S., Canada, U.K. and the Middle East and are gaining more and more popularity in South Africa as well as Australia. It is also making its mark in countries like Japan, Hong Kong, South East Asia and Mauritius. Initially Bollywood movies were telecasted only for a week in international location; and as and when it gained popularity, now it is not just a one week showcase, instead it is been telecasted thrice in a day. Movies are based on various topics; some of them reflect reality while some are just fictional based stories, but all the stories carry the Indian culture well along in the movies.

    When foreigners watch the Indian movies they become well – versed with our culture. It has also been observed that while studying about cultures in colleges or during communication lessons, Bollywood movies are extensively used to preach about the culture followed in India. Cinema changes the mind - set of the people and formulates public opinion.

    Cinema introduces new fashion in the society, just as we have adopted western dressing while watching Hollywood movies similarly Indian dressing has been adopted by the western culture. While movies portray different religions, the acceptability of religions becomes much easier, for example, movies like hum dil de chuke sanam, ramleela, display the gujrati culture and food. Today we find a lot of Indian cuisine restaurants in various part of the world that is because there is a demand of Indian cuisine and the restaurants are doing well.

    With the help of Indian Cinema a lot of people sitting in abroad know a lot of places in India; they do come to visit the places in India. The traditional dress of India, saree is being loved and worn in a lot of foreign countries. It is with the help of Indian movies, are people being able to recognise the culture followed in India and also try to replicate it in their own way.