The Outsiders:women as social outcasts in Bimal Roy's Films.

Mishra, Maitreyee and Mishra, Manisha (2012) The Outsiders:women as social outcasts in Bimal Roy's Films. In: International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design, 9th May, 2012, Istanbul,Turkey.

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Abstract

Bimal Roy ,one of India's most revered directorst left behind films that featured female protagonists who were not pushed to the back as secondary characters, but took centre stage. Starting from his 1953 Hindi film Parineeta, the critically acclaimed Biraj Bahu (1954), the immensely popular Madhumati (1955) to Bandini (1963),Roy's central charecters were women.Roy's version of Devdas too, focuses on the two women that are bound to the love of the namesake, Devdas. While Devdas becomes the doomed hero, Paro the woman he loves and Chandramukhi, the courtesan who is in love with him turn out to be the ones making their own choices.several of Roy's female protagonists are social outcasts spurned by society. whether it is Chandramukhi in Devdas; Sujata, the Dalit girl raised by a Brahmin family in the film Sujata or Kalyani in Bandini- the woman who does the unthinkable both in real life as well as in cinematic spaces. This paper focuses on three such women from three of Roy's in the 1950s and 1960s: Devdas (1955), Sujata (1959) and Bandini (1963). Using semiotic tools, including narrative, music, dialogue, cinematography and characterisation, the paper studies the representation of women in Bimal Roy's films while paying attention to the women who can be seen as social outcasts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indian cinema, Bimal Roy, women in cinema, Bandini, Devdas (1955), Sujata, semiotics
Subjects: Communication > MIC Manipal
Depositing User: MIC Library
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2012 05:35
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2012 05:38
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76691

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