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Bahujan Representation on the Big Screen: A Reading List

With the release of films like Sairat (2016) and Kaala (2018), Indian cinema is taking a step towards acknowledging stories from the margins. However, what does it mean in terms of representation and forging a path towards equality?

Cinema and Caste: Examining Marginalised Narratives in Film

Bollywood’s representation of Dalits in film fails to move beyond an upper caste gaze.

A Sporadic Romance

India’s Film Society Movement: The Journey and Its Impact by V K Cherian, New Delhi: Sage, 2016; pp 219 + xxxv, ₹ 895.

Mumbai in the Time of Sachin Tendulkar

In the two decades that Sachin has been scaling new peaks, the game has become an adjunct of the entertainment industry and Mumbai, his home, a very different city.

Perspectives on Copyright

Just how much leeway do writers/producers have under the law to freely use ideas from published works and films without acknowledgement?

Subaltern Studies, Bollywood and Lagaan

Using 'Lagaan' as a case in point, this paper argues that popular Bollywood films with their appeal to the mass audience of uprooted peasants, factory workers, the unemployed, uneducated and poor can decolonise the imagination of the Indian masses. It points out that Lagaan's efforts at indigenisation and interrogation of prescribed discourses of modernity and history deserve credit for making possible the creation of public debates within a culture where the majority of the population is non-literate, and is unable to partake in elite discussions of culture and modernity.
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