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Technologies of Resistance and New Womanhood in Contemporary Bollywood Cinema

March 13, 2019 @
12:00 p.m.
- 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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DATE:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Noon – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION:Dana Commons, Fireside Lounge

Presented by: Professor Ghar Siddiqui

Recent Bollywood films like Anarkali of Aarah (Avinash Das, 2017), Parched (Leena Yadav, 2015), and Lipstick Under My Burkha (Alankrita Shrivastava, 2016) have raised the bar on feminist work coming out of the industry but have also simultaneously been met with resistance. Lipstick Under my Burkha, in particular, was banned by the Indian Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for sexual explicitness and for being “too lady oriented,” thus sparking a feminist wave of #LipstickRebellion on social media. Professor Siddiqui will examine the film and its reception as a case study for exploring the possibilities and limits of feminist consciousness. She argues that the polysemic and ideologically conflicted dimensions of these new films are a productive site of feminist expression and analysis.

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March 13, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.