ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Do Women in Hindi Films Have Greater Agency?

New Voices in Songs

Thin voices in Hindi film music are seen to be associated with "good girls" who are obedient, innocent, and pure. Lata Mangeshkar's thin voice is assumed to have suited a particular vision of femininity promoted by Hindi films at the time. It is tempting to think that as their singing voices have thickened and acquired greater texture, female characters in Hindi films have similarly acquired greater agency, rebelliousness and independence. The reality, however, is very different.

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