Lights, Karma, Action! ... Photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik
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Many of the films get their narrative from social issues like communalism, ethnicity, religion, and cast. Many also address the effects of modernization and urbanization on traditional Indian institutions such as the family and marriage. The masala movies are a reflection of India's social and political milieu, and the movies have an astonishingly direct feed into the lives of their audience that outsiders may find hard to understand.

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