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Cultural Differences between Chachi 420 and Mrs. Doubtfire

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Andrew Seaman

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Cultural Differences between Chachi 420 and Mrs. Doubtfire

Culture Indian American Culture is a set of human-made objective and subjective elements that in the past have increased the probability and resulted in the satisfaction for the participants in an ecological niche, and thus became shared among those who could communicate with each other because they had a common language and they lived in the same time and place.

Source: Communication Between Cultures (Pg. 23) Cinema History Religion Values Social Organizations Language Power Index Movies Mrs. Doubtfire
(1993) Chachi 420
(1997) story lines were similar, but not exact 3 children one child father very involved in any
decision-making process parents not involved at all added extensive fight scenes resentment between Daniel
and new boyfriend, Stu new suitor was hardly present Indian * 1886 the Lumiere brothers showed six short films in Bombay. * 1913 Raja Harishchandra, India's first feature film was made. * 1920 India made about 27 films per year. * 1931 India is making about 200 films per year. * Today India makes about 800 films per year, more than double to U.S. BollywoodVillage.com Wikimedia.org American * 1872 Eadweard Muybridge captures the
movement of a horse's gallop with a series of cameras. americanhistory.si.edu *1877 - 1900 was a turbulant time to make movies, because of patent wars over technology. Many companies sought refuge in the Western US, because the Edison Company confiscated cameras from others using their technology. www.filmsite.org Wikimedia.org * 1889 or 1890 Monkeyshines Number One, considered the first American film was made by William K.L. Dickson on a camera designed by Thomas Edison. * 1908 over 8,000 movie theaters in the U.S. * 1927 The Jazz Singer introduces the
"talkies," and ends the silent era. greencine.com * There is one central storyline, but there are several sub or co-storylines that also take over the film. * Indian films tend to stick with a storyline that resolves: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy struggles for the approval of the girl's family. * Songs and dances are common. * Movies are long and usually have an intermission. * Public displays of affection are not common. Both the United States and India have a very successful film industry. Although the U.S. helped develop early technology, India has always been a powerhouse when it comes to production. Both Indian and American films share characteristics, but they are very different. One of the main similarities is the star system. Each country utilizes a number of big-named stars to get people to come and see their movies. wikipedia.com * American films are typically two hours long,
but can be longer or shorter. * Public displays of affection are not uncommon. Sex scenes can become very graphic. imbd.com imbd.com shows importance of family in Indian culture; collectivism Janki's father becomes attracted to Chachi characters basic plots shows individualism
in American culture no love interest between
Mrs. Doubtfire and parents Mrs. Doubtfire actually saves Stu The United States started out as a group of colonies that were founded by
England after Christopher Columbus found the new world. Since then, the
US has gained independence and formed its own identity. Christianity takes up the vast majority of the United States' religious population.
Other religions in the US are, Judaism, Buddhist, Islam and Hinduism.
Top US values are, individual freedom, choice in education, family and
No official language, though English is widely used for anything legal. Commonly considered rich, middle class and poor. Started out as the Indus Valley during 3rd and 2nd
millennia B.C. and extended into northwestern India.
Currently, despite over population and high povery rates,
India's economy is on the rise. India is mostly Hindu; however, its population also consists of
Muslims, Christians and Sikh. Traditional Indian family values are highly respected, and
multi-generational patriarchal joint families have been the norm, although nuclear family are becoming common in urban areas. Caste System: Brahmin: doctors, certain warriors, writers, poets, land owners, ministers, etc; Kshatriya: warriors; Vaishya: merchants, cattle-herders and artisans; Shudra: peasants; and Chandala (untouchables): foreigners, nomadic tribes, law-breakers and criminals.
Hindi is the most widely spoken language and primary tongue of 41% of the people. 1 v 21 – individualism
43 v 45 – low uncertainty avoidance
38 v 10 – high power distance
15 v 20 – masculinity values
Key Differences Although both Mrs. Doubtfire and Chachi 420 follow similar storylines, they are very different - especially when it comes to cultural characteristics. Religion Mrs. Doubtfire Chachi 420 * Religion does not come up in much – if any – of the storyline. * Religion plays a much more important role in Chachi 420’s storyline. The father is offended when he learns he hired a Muslim cook, because they are not vegetarians. He considers his kitchen unclean after the fact. Also, Jai and Janki are married in front of an idol. Sex * Sex, or physical affection, is also not an interregnal part of the storyline in Mrs. Doubtfire. There are allusions to sex and obvious public displays of affections. However, there are no sex scenes in the movie. * In a notable deviation from tradition Indian films, Chachi 420 shows a sex scene, which would be considered graphic for its intended audience. Family * Mrs. Doubtfire does not pay any special attention to an extended family; however, there is a focus on staying together as a “unit.” Mrs. Doubtfire acts as a way for Daniel to be near his wife, sabotage her possible love interest, and be near his children. * Chachi 420 focuses on the role of an extended family with the grandfather playing a very important role in how his daughter and grandchildren behave. He is – in a way – the reason for the divorce, and controls much of the power throughout the movie. In flashbacks, the father also controls the power. He does not allow his daughter to marry in a secular ceremony. Janki’s late mother also plays a role in the plot, because Godbole is modeled after Janki’s mother. Honor * Honor is not a central element in Mrs. Doubtfire, but does make a slight appearance as Daniel’s disguise is figured out, and he is left standing in the restaurant. * Honor is much more important to the storyline of Chachi 420, because honor is one of the main contributing factors to Jai and Janki’s divorce. She objects to her daughter being in the film industry, because her father would look down on it. Honor is the last straw before she leaves. Gender Roles * In Mrs. Doubtfire there is a smaller focus on gender role, which may allude to the culture, which values equality. Examples are the gay uncles and Daniel’s cross-dressing. * Chachi 420 there is a more outward portrayal of male dominance. In a notable juxtaposition, the grandfather hires the nanny, while the wife hires the nanny in Mrs. Doubtfire.
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