Articles by: Dyotana Banerjee

Thappad: Defying patriarchy without dismantling families?

Thappad: Defying patriarchy without dismantling families?

The movie ‘Thappad’ (translated as ‘the slap’) is not merely a movie that narrates the tales of  domestic violence and its normalization, it displays the everyday forms of gendered roles and labour that are largely invisibilized in the processes of internalization and performance of heteronormative male privilege in the institution of family. The movie is based on the story of[Read More…]

by May 12, 2020 Arts/Literature
Savarna middle class and Article 15: Puncturing the ‘politics’ in the political

Savarna middle class and Article 15: Puncturing the ‘politics’ in the political

Article 15 is one of the few movies in commercial Bollywood cinema in recent times that talks about caste. However, it talks about caste using specific lingo and tropes that sit well with the world view of the urban, savarna, multiplex-frequenting, post-liberalization middle class. Far from triggering discomfort in their accumulated privileged world, the movie in its chilling Netflix thriller-esque style[Read More…]

by July 9, 2019 Arts/Literature