Many people believe that Bollywood films revolve around their heroes. But Devdutt Pattanaik argues that in the Hindi films, heroes do not undergo a journey and a transformation as they do in the classic sense.

Star Wars is the classic hero’s journey where a young boy becomes a man at the end of the story. This is the concept seen in Greek mythology too, where the individual is the hero, going on adventures and missions in pursuit of justice and order.

In the Abrahamic concept, the prophet is the hero, fighting for equality for his people and taking on the role of a leader. And when he is defeated, he becomes the martyr.

But in Hindi films, heroes essentially stay the same while going through a series of adventures.

In this episode of The Myth and Culture Podcast, Devdutt Pattanaik and Jerry Johnson talk about heroes, martyrs and hermits and what makes them who they are.