Through my dissertation I am going to focus on therepresentation of the vamp and the western(ised) woman in the Bollywood filmsthrough 1970’s to the early 2000’s through three different time – line movies,connected with themes that question the representation of western woman in theindustry. I am going to focus on the depiction of Anglo- Indian heroin’s infilms between 1960’s and 1970’s. The Indian woman, yet westernised (NRI) in apopular film of the 1970’s. And lastly I cross examine and contrast this to afilm made in the 1990’s. For this, I am first understanding the social processthat has lead to formulate the idealised feminine behaviours. I then go on to examine how the ‘female ideal’ andfeminine sexuality has been treated by exploring the body work of the femaleprotagonists.

I then draw upon feminist reactions to female ideal standardsand (Chaudhuri 2004) use these criticisms to provide a model for female prejudicein relation to Bollywood movies.