Foreign Film What specific cultural values are inherent in the film which differs from mainstream American films? The film, Jodhaa Akbar, is a love story, which represents cultural values of the Indian culture, through the demonstration of the special relationship shared by the couple, Jodhaa and Akbar. Firstly, the film presented the supremacy of arranged marriages in the specified culture, which differs from values presented in American films regarding Love. Secondly, another value presented about the Indian culture is, the dominance of men, in their relationships and society The cultural value inherent in the film is strong belief in the population in arranged marriages, which is completely different from values presented in mainstream American films, because, usually it presents the value of progressive love, leading to marriage, therefore a love marriage. In the film, Jodhaa Akbar, the director has used positioning and salience, in order to, present his perception of the historical love story of the couple.
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In the scene, where Akbar (the Mughal emperor) sends his proposal to marry Jodhaa, the Rajput (place) princess, to the King of Rajput (father of Jodhaa), the most salient figure is the father, who is centralised throughout the scene as well as on an elevated position, which is in contrast with the backgrounding of Jodhaa. This clearly display the decision of the wether, Akbar, is the correct life partner of Jodhaa, solely rests on the decision of the father of the bride, due to elevated position and centralisation representing power, and as shown later in the film, the King accepts the proposal, due to which, Jodhaa marries Akbar, without any complain, therefore showing the concept of arranged marriage in the culture. Furthermore, the backgrounding of the bride, shows the unimportance of her opinions on whether or not she wishes to marry the man. This is in contrast with the values presented in mainstream American films, as seen in recent example of Pride & Prejudice, where the characters first fall in love, which is followed by marriage. This is on the contrary on the values presented in the film, where first they characters get married, which eventually leads to love. This regularity of arranged marriages also presents another cultural value inherent in the film, which is the dominance of men in Indian culture and society. Costuming, positioning and symbolism are used to display the dominance difference between the males and females, through the character of the protagonist.