This week, we’ll be discussing Hindi cinema’s take on Muslims in relation to ideas of the nation. We will do so by focusing on the 1994 film Roja (originally released in Tamil, subsequently released in Hindi).
You will have a prompt for Thursday, not Tuesday, but do post discussion questions. In particular, think about the questions that these readings raise for you and how they might apply to the movie. Mark up the readings (manually or digitally) by highlighting, circling, and annotating anything you find confusing or want to discuss in more depth.
- Gyanendra Pandey, “Can a Muslim be an Indian?” Comparative Studies in Society and History, October 1999, 608-629.
- You can skim section IV
- Chadha and Kavoori, exoticized, marginalized, demonized: The Muslim “other” in Indian Cinema In Global Bollywood, 131-145.
- In addition, please educate yourself on the following terms and issues. Wikipedia is a great starting place, but go beyond it as well.
- Communalism (specifically in South Asia)
- The conflict in Kashmir
- Cultural Hegemony
Viewing: Here is a link to a subtitled YouTube version of Roja (Hindi): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2tO4FCWkkA
If you find another version, please let me know. Here is the Wikipedia overview of the film: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roja
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at tonight’s concert! Here’s a lovely interview with Zakir Hussain in today’s Cornell Sun: http://cornellsun.com/2016/10/13/in-the-comfort-zone-a-conversation-with-tabla-virtuoso-zakir-hussain/