Cinema, all around the world, has always tried to cater to the demands and taste of the audience. As I transitioned from my formative self to my older self, I started realising that social stereotypes and toxic perspectives drove the storylines of movies. From using derogatory comments for female counterparts to being violent and aggressive, so much that it resorts to slapping, Bollywood has all kinds of sexist dialogues in its movies.
Here are 18 sexist dialogues from Bollywood movies that just does not sit right with us.
“Tu ladki ke peeche bhagega, ladki paise ke peeche bhagegi. Tu paise ke piche bhagega, ladki tere peeche bhagegi”: Wanted, 2009
The stereotypical ideology of women being “gold diggers” and “running” after men for their money. Ugh.
“Upar wale ne tumhe aage or peechey bahut kuch diya hai par upar kuch nahi diya hai”: Race 2, 2013
Objectification of female body while derogating their intelligence and wit. Typical sexism in Bollywood.
“Pyar se de rahe hain, rakh lo warna thappar maar ke bhi de sakte hai” : Dabangg, 2010
Yes, because how else will you assert your supremacy over women? Father of all sexist dialogues in Bollywood.
“When you can’t change the girl, change the girl”: Chashme Baddoor, 2013
It’s high time to change the mindset and grow up!
“Budhi ho ya jawan, melodrama is duniya ki sari auraton ke khoon me hai”: 2 States, 2014
Melodrama? I’m sorry, you misspelled MISOGYNY.
“Aise mat dekho lagta hai marinated murgi ko tandoor dekh raha hai”: The Dirty Picture, 2011
Just when we thought Bollywood couldn’t get any more absurd.
“Akeli ladki khuli tijori ki tarah hoti hai”: Jab We Met, 2007
Geet really had the most appropriate reply for this statement: “Chillar nahi hai mere paas.”
“Sapne dekho jarur dekho par unke poore hone ki shart mat rakho”: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, 1995
Because why do you need dreams and ambitions when you’re a woman? You’re supposed to get married, raise children and make rotis for the rest of your life. It’s the sole purpose of our existence.
“Balatkar se yaad aaya meri biwi kahan hai”: Grand Masti, 2013
Oh god! Nothing could compare to this. Absolutely absurd and unacceptable.
“Preeti, chunni thik karo”: Kabir Singh, 2019
Because how else will I hide my male chauvinism and deep-rooted misogyny?
“Pushpa, hazaar bar maine bola hai kapde dhang ke pehna kar. Teen teen mard ghum rahe hai yaha”: Ujda Chaman, 2019
Why do women always need to “adjust” be it life or even clothes? Problem isn’t in our clothes, but in your mentality.
“Ye shadi ka dastoor hai..mard aurat ka bhagwan hota hai”: Hum Tumhare Hai Sanam, 2002
Hear it from the King of Romance himself. SRK giving major husband goals. Tch, tch.
“Meri na mein hai haan”: Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, 1998
No means no. Not maybe, neither yes. It simply means NO.
“These healthy chicks, they are like teddy bears. A good-looking chick and a healthy chick, trust me, it’s a great combination.”: Kabir Singh, 2019
Fat shaming? Yes. Stereotyping female friendship? Yes. Misogyny? Ofcourse.
“Ek hath mein girlfriend, ek hath mein trophy.”: Student of the Year 2, 2019
It’s the 21st century and we’re still objectifying women as prizes to be won instead of considering them as humans to be celebrated.
“Mard ko dard nahin hota”: Mard, 1985
We let ourselves get consumed by the ills of patriarchy and now we are left with the deep-rooted ideas of toxic masculinity that have been corrupting the minds of generations since ever.
“Beti toh hoti hi hain patang ki tarah… shaadi ke pehle apne chatt par udhti hain… aur shaadi ke baad dor kisi aur ke haath mein.”: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, 1999
Beti is an independent human being capable of making her own independent decision. She doesn’t need anyone to provide for her or be her saviour.
Churiyan pehen lo/ Churiyan pehni hai kya/ Bollywood obsession with Churiyan
The idea that a piece of jewellery can deprive someone of their chauvinism and masculinity says a lot about how low our society thinks of femininity and consider it the “weaker sex”.
(Views expressed by the author are their own)