Interrogating Gender in Hindi Cinema

Frames of Reference 2022

Online Post-graduate Student Seminar

June 22-24, 2022 



22nd June 2022

Keynote: Meenakshi Shedde, India and South Asia Delegate, Berlin International Film Festival
Film Curator, Consultant, Journalist


11 am to 12.30 pm
The Female Gaze 

Chair and Discussant: Simona Sarma, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


Analysis of fictional men written by Juhi Chaturvedi 

Poorva Chakraborty, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Complicit Masculinities: Exploring Sai Paranjpye’s Chashme Buddoor (1981) and Katha (1982) 

Prachi Talesara, Christ University

The Multifarious Femme: A Study of the Woman, the Young Girl and the Child in Gauri Shinde’s Works 

Shyama Sadasivan, IIT Kharagpur

Gully Boy and the homogenization of Muslim voices

Galariya Sabbir Ahmedbhai, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda


2 to 3.15 pm
Screen Representations 

Chair and Discussant: Banhi Sarkar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


The Narrative of Dalit Women in Hindi Cinema

Aniruddha Mahajan, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)

Muslim Woman and New Discursive Power: New Praxis and Visibility in Hindi Cinema and Social Media

Shabana M, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

A Study in Pink: How Narratives of Purity/Violation de-Revolutionize the Female Body

Arindam Nandi, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras


3.30 to 4.45 pm 
Queer Trajectories 

Chair and Discussant: Anuj Bhatt, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


Homosociality & Gay Masculinity: Exploring Interconnectedness of Two in Hindi Cinema

Nikita Mittal, IIT Banaras Hindu University.

From ‘Fire’ to ‘The Fame Game’: Queer-Baiting and Queer-Coding in Indian Media

Rajeev Anand Khushwah, Sukanya Bhattacharya, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Laugh it Off: Interrogating Genre and Gender in “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” and “Badhai Do”

Chandni Rauniyar, BITS Pilani


23rd June

11 am to 12.30 pm
Gender and the City 

Chair and Discussant: Charu Bahal, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


Navigating Dark Streets: City and Sex Work in Chameli

Isheeta Sharma, Dr B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi

Counterpoints to Urbanity: An Examination of Urban Women in Tumhari Sulu (2017)

Sanjna Sebastian , Christ University, BGR Campus 

Strees in the streets: Gendered experiences of the urban space in India as portrayed by Hindi cinema. A quantitative analysis 

Hugo RD, EHESS Paris

Spaces of gender and gender of spaces: The play of effect and counter-effect between gender and urbanicity 

Saim Raza, Aligarh Muslim University


2 to 3.15 pm
Victims and Vigilantes

Chair and Discussant: Ankita Ghosh, Tata Institute of Social Sciences


Rape-Revenge as Civic Duty: The Extra-Legal Violence of Mom and Mardaani’s Militarised Mothers

Amalie Goul Dueholm, University of Washington

Interrogating Bollywood Commercial Courtroom Dramas: Sexual Violence and the Cinematic Figure of the Victim-Woman

Suman S Shanker, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Female Cops in Indian Hindi Cinema: Agent of Power or Just Another Trope?

Nisha Kumari, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad


3.30 to 4.45 pm 
Masculinities on Screen

Chair and Discussant: Sumit Soni, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


Disability and Masculinity in Hindi Films

Abhishek, Ambedkar University

Gendered Notions of Baldness in Hindi Cinema: Analysing Bala and Gone Kesh

Banhi Sarkar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences 

His Prem, My Prem: Conversations with Young Marwaris in and beyond Sooraj Barjatya’s Cinema

Anant Gupta, Tata Institute of Social Sciences 


24 June


2 to 3.30 pm
Viewing Cinema

Chair and Discussant: Deepti Nair, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


The Interactions of Popular Forms of Feminism with Communicative Capitalism: An Insight in OTT Platforms’ Female Spaces

Bhawna Shrey, Jamia Millia Islamia

Women Watching Women in Cinema

Tulika Bhattacharjee, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

The Conventional Representation of Opinionated Women
Bipasha Deori, University of Delhi 

The Bollywood Item Song: Gendered aspects of creation & consumption of the popular item songs

Ankita Ghosh, Tata Institution of Social Sciences


3.45 to 5 pm 
Horror through a Gendered Lens

Chair and Discussant: Chandrika Mairh, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


Examining the Exoneration of the Monstrous Feminine in the Indian Horror Films ‘Pari’ and ‘Bulbbul’

Harnoor Kaur, Christ University, Bangalore

“Ye naye Bhaarat ki chudail hai”: Hybrid Formations at the Interface of Gender and Genre in the Contemporary Hindi Horror-Comedy Film

Srishti Walia,  Jawaharlal Nehru University 

“She is Not a ‘Chudail’”: Feminist Posthuman Becomings, Monstrous Realities, and the Post- Anthropocentric Aesthetics in Anvita Dutt’s “Bulbbul” (2020). 

Ujjwal Khobra, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

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