Jaisa Desh, Waisa Vesh? Explorations on the representations of Adivasis in popular Hindi cinema

Rekhari, Suneeti 2011, Jaisa Desh, Waisa Vesh? Explorations on the representations of Adivasis in popular Hindi cinema, Studies in South Asian film and media, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 107-117.

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Title Jaisa Desh, Waisa Vesh? Explorations on the representations of Adivasis in popular Hindi cinema
Author(s) Rekhari, Suneeti
Journal name Studies in South Asian film and media
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 107
End page 117
Total pages 11
Publisher Intellect
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1756-4921
Keyword(s) Hindi cinema
indigenous film
Indian indigeneity
visual anthropology
Summary This article seeks to discuss specific examples of Adivasi representation in Indian cinema, particularly popular Hindi cinema (as opposed to ‘art’ or ‘parallel’ cinema), and the ways in which it has distilled and codified the representations of ‘other’ groups for a mass audience. Mainstream Hindi cinema, even in its postcolonial phase, has not provided images of Adivasis that reflect their reality. This ‘constructed reality’ of the cinema in which Adivasis exist remains the widespread (mis)understanding of their cultures. It is this cinematic marginalization and cultural stereotyping that will be explored further. This article is a preliminary exploration and will look at particular examples of representation in Hindi films, including Naagin [Female Cobra] (Nandlal Jaswantlal, 1954), Madhumati (Bimal Roy, 1958), Yeh Gulistan Hamara [This Flower Garden of Ours] (Atma Ram, 1972), Lal Salaam [Red Salute] (Gaganvihari Boratte, 2002) and Chak De! [Come On! India] (Shimit Amin, 2007). The aim is for this exploration to provide a foundation for further research into Adivasi representation and the wider discourses of power, politics and inequality in Indian society.
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
200202 Asian Cultural Studies
190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Intellect
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