Connection Series: Role of women in Indian Cinema

5:00–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


This panel discussion led by Professor Ranjani Mazumdar, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Anuradha Dingwaney Needham, English and Cinema Studies, Oberlin College, and Professor Ravi Vasudevan, SARAI Program, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, addressed Anurag Kashyap's "Dev D", (2009), reflecting on it as a work of self-reflexive cinema, drawing on earlier incarnations and versions, including its contemporary, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Devdas" (2002)

The discussion, among other subjects, engaged with the 1950s, and with an iconic spectrum of the female attributes and stock character, the devotional Parvati and the courtesan Chandramukhi; substantially subverted, of course, by Kashyap and script writer Abhay Deol.  

This event was part of the Connection Series held in collaboration with the American Center, American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), UChicago Center in Delhi, and United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).