Women and Their Portrayal in Indian Cinema

Mana Tabatabai Rad


In this study we aim to analyze women's portrayal in Indian cinema by applying the sociological approach which focuses on agency. We want to investigate the interrelation of gender, women and cinema in the context of two Indian films Daman by Kalpana Lajmi and Mrityudand by Prakash Jha. This is a qualitative research which took the form of narrative method for analyzing the selected films. After describing the position of women in Indian society and the evolution of Indian cinema with special attention to emergence of women directors and representation of women on screen, we outlined the plot of both films and then the description of the sub-theme of agency is discussed. These films portray women both as victimized and empowered ones.


Women, Indian Films, gender studies, society, art, cinema.

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