Bollywood in the Hollywood Era: Narratives of Ultra-nationalism, Terrorism and Violence


  • Iqbal Shailo Dr. Iqbal Shailo is a researcher, policy analyst and social media strategist based in Ottawa, Canada.



Hollywood, Bollywood, Soviet movies, Ultra-nationalism, Masculinity, Violence, Identity


The study examines how some renowned Hollywood and Bollywood movies deal with geopolitical representations of empire and regional politics through the construction of discourses centered on the building of “empire” and “nation”. These movies reflect how government machineries evaluate the political situation and strategic policies of the country in managing geopolitical environments through the construction of security narratives, political rhetoric and geopolitical discourses.  The narratives of specific Hollywood movies tend to explain contemporary geopolitics with an emphasis on America’s military power, strategy and world leadership while the genre of Bollywood movies reconnects the ideology of division through the establishment of geographies of ‘us’ and ‘them’ setting aside the so-called “secular face” of the state.

Author Biography

Iqbal Shailo, Dr. Iqbal Shailo is a researcher, policy analyst and social media strategist based in Ottawa, Canada.

[Iqbal Shailo received a Ph.D. in Critical Geopolitics and an MA in Public Policy and Public Administration from Carleton University, Ottawa and Concordia University, Montreal respectively. He also obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Concordia University and earned his second MA in English Literature. His research interests are broadly in transnational security, popular cinema, new social media, regional integration, radicalization, countering violent extremism, grassroots empowerment and public policy development.

He has practical experience working with national and international NGOs addressing issues relating to the disadvantaged societies in North America and countries of the South Asian region. He has presented papers at various academic and policy forums and has numerous publications to his credit. He is associated with a research project on “Social Enterprise in Canada” as a lead researcher and policy analyst.]



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