Why hindi movies and OTT shows are mainly (90%) focused on pakistan as enemy and not china?

Why hindi movies and OTT shows are mainly (90%) focused on pakistan as enemy and not china?

As per the title.

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  1. We hate those the most who are closest to us.
    Many Indians have this emotional hatred of Pakistan and media exploits this for profit

    China is viewed by us as a sort of competitive rival. And whatever people may say, in their hearts they know we can’t beat China is most things, especially in Military and espionage. So it wouldn’t make sense for most people to see 2-3 Indians go into China and do some acts of bravery.

  2. We have not won a war against China! And I think we are still not at par with them. This is the only reason.

    Pakistan has been defeated by India many a times, they have surrendered in all the wars. Movies are made on triumphs! Nothing wrong in that.

    Also, Pakistan as enemy is the quickest and most reliable recipe for box office success.

  3. Family man season 3 will be based on China. It will be interesting.. but to answer ur question is mainly because we are more emotionally attached with Pakistqn than China… And in reality, attacks from Pakistan are more frequent

  4. I have a similar question: Why are almost all the Indian OTT shows on the same exact theme? Goli gaali sex crime goli gaali??

    I get it. You have the freedom to show these “explicit” scenes and dialogues. But does that mean EVERY show has be the same gangs of wasseypur wannabe?

    Are there no sci-fi or mystery or intelligent shows without crimes and guns and all?

  5. Lots of reasons

    1. Actors for Pakistani characters are easier to find seeing as you can just hire Indian actors for the role. Finding chinese, or chinese passing Indians to play the role of Chinese bad guys is considerably harder.
    2. Pakistan has historically been the enemy of India, long enough to seep into public consciousness. With the exception of the Indo China war, India and China haven’t had direct conflict until recently.
    3. Pakistani evil is easy to understand and show on screen – Islamic terrorists. The Chinese threat is economic, not through armies and weapons but bankers, lawyers and politics. Makes for rather boring screenplay for an Indian audience that wants masala and dhishum dhishum.
    4. Most people don’t hate China, even the ones who understand that China is a bigger threat than Pakistan. There is instead a grudging sort of respect that you’d give to a worthy enemy. If anything, Indians wish that they could be more like the Chinese if it means having the kind of power that China has. Bollywood writers aren’t capable of writing that kind of complex characterisation. They want an enemy that’s easy to hate.

  6. We simply don’t know much about China and how they operate to create a convincing movie or show. If you remember, Force 2 had a Chinese connection. And all they showed was a monk looking character pulling a garrote across the road to kill an Indian agent in China, after distracting him by waving at him while he was on a motorbike. I’m sure that isn’t how they work.

  7. It’s more convenient.

    The language is similar so easier for evil Pakistani General to say ‘Janaab hum Hindustan ko Harange ‘ and to know what was done with Chinese counterpart watch JP Dutta’s Paltan trailer, it becomes unintentionally funny.

    Also, Old rivalry due to the partition. As a descendant of people who had to migrate due to partition, there’s many emotions involved.

    Finally, Hindu Muslim angle and the classic dialogues like ‘dono mulk alg nahi hote to kya circket team hoti ‘ and ‘dono mulk ke log ek jaise hi to hain’

  8. Pakistan’s attacks on India are territorial and extremist. Pakistan legitimately harbours terrorist camps and we know that. Plus, our history makes us more emotionally volatile to accept Pakistan as the enemy. China, on the other hand, except encroachments in the North-east, mainly wages an industrial war on India – flooding Indian markets with cheap goods, expanding its military reach by building off-shore bases, sending state-sponsored trolls to Indian social media, etc. That type of aggression is intellectually stimulating, but not emotionally. It might also need a lot of spoon-feeding to the casual audience. With Pakistan’s style, its pretty clear and understandable, so the casual audience gets it right away – “aatankwadi hai, andar ghus aaye”.

    Another minor factor that plays an important part – In stories (especially in India), the hero always has to come out on top in the end. India has defeated Pakistan over and over again in wars, as well as boasts of better military capabilities, intelligence, economy, global standing, etc. compared to Pakistan. Its always easier for an Indian protagonist to come out on top if the enemy is Pakistan. With its global standing and military power, China is wayyyy out of India’s reach or atleast of the storyline possibility that one film hero (or a group of 2 or 3 guys in case of OTT shows) can take on all of China. In films like D-Day or shows like Bard of Blood, that works because it straight-up looks like a real possibility.

  9. If Indian army forces ever invaded China and saw how Chinese people are able to live and how China has developed over the past 20 years, I’m pretty sure you’d have some questioning going on.

    I don’t know how many times I have to repeat this, China should not be considered an enemy. Border issues need to be resolved, absolutely, but the bigger threat is being used by The West as an ally and discarded once they’ve used us.

  10. With China we have on brief war, and a bunch of border clashes.

    But with Pakistan, we had 4 full-fledged wars along with border skirmishes on almost daily basis. Another contributing factor is that the terrorists from Pakistan regularly targets Indian cities, which makes it more viable to show them as villains.

  11. There is an economic reason as well. OTT platforms are often owned (fully or partly) by larger international firms like Disney, Sony. These platforms also have relationships with international studios like Universal, Warner Brothers etc. China is also notoriously aggressive about protecting how it is portrayed in media. If there is any content China does not like it may retaliate against these firms by banning them from the Chinese market. That is why even though US does not have great relationship with China, American action movies also do not typically make China the antagonist.

    Also, enemity with China does not really have that much emotional resonance as with Pakistan with the Indian audience, so the local market forces also drives this. However, the after-credit scene of Family Man seems to indicate the next season will have China as the antagonist. Let us see how that shapes out.

  12. Paltan was something against china- and obviously they outsmarted us- this makes for a bad ending which even I wouldn’t want to watch.

    +1- agreeing with all the comments that we have won against Pak many times – make for great stories – not just military victories but also intelligence victories (like Raazi).

  13. Because the Chinese state was not involved in terrorist attacks on India, China didn’t formulate religious conquest of India, The Chinese are not threatening India with nuclear bombs, The Chinese state intelligence is not openly backing militancy in India. A person who has witnessed kargil, Mumbai attacks, Delhi attacks in his/her lifetime would be served with product revolving around the very same experience to establish an instant connect.

  14. Okay! I get everyone’s point of view,which is almost same and I also agree with it.but I know one thing we are now in a very good situation as compared to 62′
    And the good thing is our developing rate is also better now whether it is digitally, economically and strategically.

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