Representation of Women in Popular Indian Movies : An Analysis of English Vinglish and Heroine


  • Auju OK Research Scholar, Department of English, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India



Popular Cinema, Patriarchy, Representation, Control


Male supremacy and patriarchy has become two clichéd words, but it is a fact that these two words define almost all societies in the world. Indian society is no different from this, in fact this is where these two words fit in smoothly. This is reflected in our literature, art and movies too. My enquiry here is about how do the preconceived notions about feminity find their way into popular movies. The article analyzes two popular Hindi movies: English Vinglish and Heroine. These two movies portray two women who are very different from each other ; a house wife and an actress. But many a times these two women are one and the same in terms of the attitude of the society towards them. Therefore the paper intends to reveal the double standards and hypocrisy of Indian society.


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English Vinglish. Directed by Gauri Shinde, performance by Sridevi, Eros International, 2012.

Heroine. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, performance by Kareena Kapoor, UTV Motion Pictures, 2012.

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How to Cite

OK, A. (2021). Representation of Women in Popular Indian Movies : An Analysis of English Vinglish and Heroine. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(3), 176–181.