BOYHOOD, IDEOLOGY, AND POPULAR HINDI CINEMA

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					Θ                                 SAAYAN CHATTOPADHYAY*




                      BOYHOOD, IDEOLOGY, AND
                       POPULAR HINDI CINEMA


    Popular cinema in India has been identified as providing rich cultural texts for under-
    standing the legitimization of ideological and political hegemony, especially through nar-
    rative-cinematic forms popular in the post-colonial Indian public sphere. An impressive
    amount of literature has explored the various
				
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Description: Popular cinema in India has been identified as providing rich cultural texts for understanding the legitimization of ideological and political hegemony, especially through narrative-cinematic forms popular in the post-colonial Indian public sphere. An impressive amount of literature has explored the various trajectories of discourses regarding the post colonial nation-state, family, and the iconic presence of the mother informing the narrative organization of popular Hindi cinema. However, representation of boyhood within the specific narrative and visual rhetoric of popular Hindi cinema received little scholarly attention. This essay traces the representation of boyhood and adolescence - first, as predominantly integrated within the narrative of male protagonists' early life, a popular cinematic motifs in 1970s and 1980s which, interestingly enough, has somewhat disappeared from post-liberalization Hindi cinema; and second, as a discursively formed narrative agent with specific ideological and psychological connotations. Drawing analogies from a range of Indian literary works on and for children, I explore how concomitant cinematic tropes serve to reiterate and negotiate ideological and social codes interlacing gender, sexuality, class, and caste, not however without leaving fissures for subaltern agency. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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