Formation of Stereotype: The Disabled as the "Other" in Hindi Films

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This paper explores the way the disabled are presented in Hindi films that leads to the formation of stereotypes which thereby contribute to the formulation of cultural and representational meanings of disability. We will discuss the contention of the stereotypical representation of the disabled in the films derive from the deep rooted social prejudices which demarcate the boundary between the "normal" and the "disabled" as its "other," privileging the former and denigrating the latter.

Keywords: Hindi films; abnormality; deviant bodies; disabled; social prejudices; stereotypes

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ac.18.1.170_1

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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