The intent of this thesis is to explore the directorial choices made by Ashutosh Gowariker, in his film Jodhaa Akbar (2008), and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in his films Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018), in order to evaluate the representation of women and the Muslim religion. Through use of mise en scene, I discuss lighting choices, visual display and use of color and how these elements create and support the stories Bhansali and Gowariker have chosen. I also rely on the recorded history of the time periods as well as the literature to contextualize the films.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Singh, Kushma, "Idyllic History: The Role and Agency of Women and Religion in Contemporary Bollywood" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1225.