5 Successful Bollywood Movies That Miserably Failed the Gender Test

Bonus: A list of movies that passed with flying colours!

Sakshi Dhyani

#What is Bechdel test?

Bachdel test is also known as gender test. The purpose of this test is to determine gender bias in movies. It is used to identify whether any movie or media is doing a fair and proper gender representation. Developed in 1985 by Alison Bechdel, this test is a benchmark for movies.

However, failing the test in no way implies that the movie is bad or against women. But, the fact that so many popular movies were unable to fulfill 3 simple criteria is appalling.

#How to clear the Bechdel test?

According to Wikipedia, a movie has to fulfill the following 3 conditions to clear the test:

  1. The movie has to have at least two women in it (their characters should have a name),
  2. who talk to each other,
  3. about something besides a man.

Here are some of the movies that failed the test:

1. PK

2. Happy New Year

3. Barfi

4. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

5. Chennai Express

Now that we've named some movies that failed Bechdel, let's talk about the movies that passed this test.

1. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

2. English Vinglish

3. Chak De! India

4. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

5. Ram Leela

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