This paper addresses the varied representations of gender in Indian cinema with the view to exploring the specific treatment of women on screen as well as the shifts and transformations of their representational journey. It situates this exploration within the context of the longevity and popularity of Indian cinema both nationally and globally and its legitimation within the Indian and Western scholarship. It does this through an exploration of a range of questions that follow. How do filmmakers mobilize the image of women to differentiate Indian cinema from the West? How does the dualistic portrayal of femininity within the good/bad binary divide stereotypical Indian screen women and undermine their realism.
Alka Kurian is a Lecturer at the University of Washington, Bothell. She teaches a range of courses that focus on film, media, gender studies, and the human rights discourse. Her background is in South Asian diasporic film and literature where she examines the politics of representation of the issues of race, ethnicity, gender, identity, sexuality, politics, religion, neo-colonialism, and globalization.
More on Dr. Kurian here.http://www.uwb.edu/ias/faculty-and-staff/alkakurian