Seeing Kolkata: Globalization and the Changing Context of the Narrative of Bengali-ness in Two Contemporary Films

Bhattacharya, Binayak (2020) Seeing Kolkata: Globalization and the Changing Context of the Narrative of Bengali-ness in Two Contemporary Films. Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques, 73 (3). pp. 559-574. ISSN 2235-5871

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Abstract

The article engages with the question of an exclusivity, an 'otherness' of the Bengali culture, in the available representative modes of Indian cinema. It studies the socio-cultural dynamics through which this 'otherness' can be found reorienting itself in recent years in a globalized perspective. It takes two contemporary films, Kahaani (Hindi, 2012) and Bhooter Bhobishyot(Bengali, 2012) to dwell upon. The analysis aims to historicize the construction of a cultural stereotype called 'Bengali-ness' in Indian cinema by marking some significant aspects in the course of its historical development. Using the films as cases in point, the article attempts to develop a framework in which the changing landscape of the city of Kolkata, shifting codes of the cultural habits of the middle class and reconfigured ideas about a 'Bengali nation' can be seen operating to develop a refashioned relationship between the state of Bengal and the rest of the country. It suggests that the global cultural inflow, along with the localized notions of the new, globalized Bengali-ness, are engaged in developing a new politics of representation for the city and the Bengali society in the cinemas of India.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bengali cinema, Kolkata, Indian cinema, Kahaani, Bhooter Bhobishyot
Subjects: Communication > MIC Manipal
Depositing User: MIC Library
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 07:47
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 07:47
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/156238

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