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A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences

ISSN 1736-7514 (electronic)  ISSN 1406-0922 (print)
Published since 1997

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ANTHROPOLOGICAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC ELEMENTS IN INDIAN PARALLEL FILMS: A STUDY OF HOMOPHOBIA IN INDIAN SOCIETY; pp. 285–295

(Full article in PDF format) https://doi.org/10.3176/tr.2017.3.06


Authors

Deler Singh, Dipali Sharma Bhandari, Gurvinder Kaur, Diksha Sharma

Abstract

The paper attempts to study the presence of homophobia prevalent in Indian society and its representation onscreen through parallel films. It also studies the relevance of these films, which are comparable to ethnographic films in terms of selection of their content and the intent of the filmmakers, in attempting to affect a change in the society for the betterment of minority groups and victims. While doing so, the parallel Indian film Aligarh has been taken as a case study which is based on the life and mysterious death of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras. The public uproar and unofficial ban and violence against the film during its release provides us with useful anthropological insight into the mindset of a large number of people who resort to violence in the face of change from the accepted and widespread societal norms.

Keywords

gender roles, homosexuality, morals, culture, derogatory caricatures, censorship, societal pressure

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