Issue 4, Vol 4. Notions of Body Ownership in Cinema



From Macho to Metrosexual: Change in image of the Hindi Film Hero
Sukriti Sobti’s essay locates the traditional masculine figure in popular, mainstream Hindi films, with an attempt to understand the relations between the body and the requirements it has to furnish as per the inescapable expectations of the audiences. The authority of the body, she argues, caters to the change in time, space and mindset and the sense of masculinity is configured accordingly.

Kung Fu deterrence
Nirbhay Bhogal further leads us to a complex web of intricacies in an effort to investigate the presentation of the body inside an artificially created mechanical mind as shown in, say, The Matrix Reloaded and moves ahead to discuss the commodification of the body and the associated concerns of different genders.

The Body and Madness: Controlling the Body in Girl, Interrupted
Susan Harris juxtaposes the body with the mind and studies the balance as well as imbalance initiated by a disproportion between the two, trying to locate whatever traces of ownership either has to facilitate. She cites the examples of a patient in a hospital and speculates as to who would be the owner of the body under such circumstances.



Ananya Borgohain

Associate Editors:
Shreya Prabhu Jindal
Shivangi Pareek

Medha Sharma

Zitni Wattal
Ishaan Mital

Anubhav Pradhan


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