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Title: The issue of lesbianism in contemporary Indian films: a comparative study of transnational, Bollywood and regional films.
Authors: GURPREET KAUR
Keywords: Indian, Transnational, Bollywood, Regional, Lesbianism, Male Gaze
Issue Date: 16-Aug-2010
Source: GURPREET KAUR (2010-08-16). The issue of lesbianism in contemporary Indian films: a comparative study of transnational, Bollywood and regional films.. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Contemporary Indian cinema has undergone substantial changes over the last couple of decades and is now attempting to delve into controversial topics such as lesbianism. Indian society, however, remains largely conservative and it is still deemed taboo to talk about female sexuality openly. To circumvent this societal taboo, a more active exploration of this subject has been done in transnational Indian films, alongside one Bollywood and a regional film. My thesis argues that the portrayal of lesbian women in these films serves to reinforce the negative stereotypes associated with lesbianism within the conservative Indian societal norm, with the exception of the regional film. To illustrate my argument, I will analyse a corpus of seven films from the years 1996-2008. These Indian films, till date, are the only ones that talk about lesbianism explicitly.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/20935
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