Sinchana K's Senior Project Blog

Project Title: How has the prevalence of toxic behaviors in romantic relationships portrayed in Hindi romantic-comedy movies evolved from 1994-2023?"
BASIS Advisor: Amy Anderson
Internship Location: The NonProfiting Org
Onsite Mentor: Aakriti Agrawal - founder

Project Abstract

The Hindi film industry, commonly termed Bollywood, is the largest in the world, with an approximate 1500- 2000 films released annually, compared to less than 500 films by Hollywood. With its wide audience, Bollywood has a strong influence in the film markets, making it important that they display healthy behaviors and relationships in their films. Toxic behaviors, defined as “Behaviors that make you feel unhappy, including but not limited to disrespect, dishonesty, controlling behaviors, or a lack of support,” are prevalent in the film and media we consume everyday (Healthline). In this senior research project, I will be studying the evolution of toxic romantic behaviors in the Hindi film industry. This paper will answer the question of: “How has the prevalence of toxic behaviors in romantic relationships portrayed in Hindi romantic-comedy movies evolved from 1994-2023?”

    My Posts:

  • Conclusion Post

    Hello Everyone! We have reached the end of my senior project journey. Thank you for supporting and reading along over these past couple of months. Over these past few weeks, I have learned a lot about the research process and about my topic in general. I was able to be more involved in the administrative... Read More

  • Week 10

    Hello Everyone! In this week's blog post, I will be discussing my final conclusions and results from my data collection and data analysis. To represent my data, I compiled all the data into a double bar graph with the first bar showing the data from Scale 1 and the second from Scale 2. The movies... Read More

  • Week 9

    Hello Everyone! Over this last week, I have been working on making my final presentation and data analysis. While I was initially planning on watching 15 movies in total, one of them was not available on any streaming service, so my final data set involves 14 movies. For my data analysis, I decided to present... Read More

  • Week 8

    Hello Everyone! In this week's blog post, I will be discussing two movies I watched, Yeh Dillagi and Raja Hindustani. Both of these are the oldest movies on my list with Yeh Dillagi in 1994 and Raja Hindustani in 1996. Yeh Dillagi is about Sapna (Kajol ), the daughter of a rich family's chauffeur, who... Read More

  • Week 7

    Hello Everyone! In this week's blog post, I will be discussing the last section of my methodology which is the nine behaviors I have chosen to study and how I chose them. I used a combination of literature from the two papers, "Demystifying Toxic Romantic Relationships: Identifying Behaviors and Post-Breakup Outcomes" by Callie Graham, and... Read More

  • Week 6

    Hello Everyone! In this post, I will be discussing the recent developments in my site placement as well as common themes I have been noticing during my data collection. As part of my site placement work, I have been working with my mentor to develop questions for our upcoming podcast interviews. These interviews will be... Read More

  • Week 5

    Hello Everyone! Over the past two weeks, I have continued my movie-watching journey and have only two more left. In this blog post, I am going to be discussing the movies Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabir Singh. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is based on the story of a young girl named Anjali who upon... Read More

  • Week 4

    Hello Everyone! In this week's post, I will be explaining more about my methods and how I have chosen and will be identifying the toxic behaviors in my movies. I hope this will help you guys understand more about my specific processes and when I discuss specific movies and their data. My methods are broken up... Read More

  • Week 3

    Hello Everyone! Over this week, I have continued with my movie research and watched three more movies from my list. In this blog post, I will be discussing Jab Talk Hai Jaan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Jab Tak Hai Jaan has two plot lines, set in different periods, one in London in 2002 detailing... Read More

  • Week 2

    Hello Everyone! I began my data collection over the past week and I met with my mentor on Tuesday to discuss my roles in the organization and how to introduce and inform people about the prevalence of toxic behaviors in films and media in general. As for my data collection, I watched two movies, Dil... Read More

  • Week 1

    Hello Everyone! In this week's blog post, I am going to explain how I will be conducting my research and how I specifically chose the movies in my study. The following movies were chosen by looking at the highest grossing box office hits on the Box Office of India website. The movies were filtered by... Read More

  • Intro Blog Post

    Hello Everyone! My name is Sinchana Keshav and welcome to the first blog post of my Senior Research Project journey. I grew up constantly watching Hindi movies, from singing the songs to laughing at the comedy skits to watching the hero or heroine narrowly survive their missions. While the Hindi film industry produces movies of... Read More