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The Marathi Film Kunku and the Social Problems It Portrays

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If we reflect on Shantaram's film Kunku on the basis of this background, we will be able to understand why it was considered as "reformist" in nature. This film was based on author Narayan Hari Apte's novel in Marathi Na Patanari Goshta, which literally means "The World Will Not Accept." The novel was a landmark in Maharashtra's social reform movement denouncing arranged and venal marriages that virtually ignore women's rights. Because of these reformative features, it created a literary stir in the mid 1920s when it was first published.

Keywords: Hindu; Indian film industry; Kunku; Marathi; social change; women's rights

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2004-03-01

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