Intoducing Bollywood


In 2008, Disney released one of its Original Disney Chanel Movies, ‘The Cheetah Girls One World’. This was the third movie in the Cheetah Girls saga and in it the three main girls, Chanel, Dorinda, and Aqua travel to India to be cast in a Bollywood film. Competition ensues amongst the girls as they all try to land the main role as well as competition with the Indian dancers. In the end the three girls let another friend have the role, end up learning about India and Bollywood dance, as well as teaching their Indian peers hip hop.

While this example may seem a bit childish, it is the perfect example of counter-flows and how the East has influenced the West. It shows Hollywood meeting Bollywood in a sense.The Cheetah Girl’s target audience is pre-teens and younger children.  The movie is introducing Indian culture to these younger kids and showing them how both cultures can come together. Instead of just displaying how Western culture influences the East, it portrays just the opposite along with more of a fusion of the two. The main theme of the movie is promoting one world, hence the title, and promoting friendship and how despite their differences they are part of the same world and can share their cultures with one another. This link is from a video that the Associated Press did about the movie when it first came out, so it gives it a bit more credit.

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