‘Male Gaze’ in Bollywood Item Songs: A Study of Popular Song Munni Bodnam Hui of Dabang (2010) Movie


  • Khalilullah Muhammad Bayezid Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology, Bangladesh.
  • Fahmida Hossain Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Asian University of Bangladesh, Bangladesh.
  • Sumaya Hasin Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Asian University of Bangladesh, Bangladesh




Laura Mulvey, item song, male gaze, Bollywood


The importance of item songs along with the excellent story is on the increase in contemporary cinemas, especially in Bollywood cinemas. In these songs, the presence of recent heroines is very much noticeable, and even many cinemas get the promotion centering on the item songs where the erotic demonstration of the female character gets more preference. In these songs, the heroine is nothing but a product to be entertained, and the males are the spectators. According to Laura Mulvey, if a woman is presented in the way ‘the spectators want to look at is identical to the male gaze. In this article, a famous Bollywood item song has been selected to analyze based on the Theory of Male Gaze by Mulvey. 


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How to Cite

Khalilullah Muhammad Bayezid, Fahmida Hossain, & Sumaya Hasin. (2022). ‘Male Gaze’ in Bollywood Item Songs: A Study of Popular Song Munni Bodnam Hui of Dabang (2010) Movie. CenRaPS Journal of Social Sciences, 4(1), 227-238. https://doi.org/10.46291/cenraps.v4i1.78