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Title: The world of Rituparno Ghosh: texts, contexts and transgressions
Authors: Datta, Sangeeta
Bakshi, Kaustav
Dasgupta, Rohit K.
Keywords: Rituparno Ghosh
Queer
Auteur
Bengali cinema
Rabindranath Tagore
Satyajit Ray
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: DATTA, S., BAKSHI, K. and DASGUPTA, R.K., 2015. The world of Rituparno Ghosh: texts, contexts and transgressions. South Asian History and Culture, 6 (2), pp. 223-237.
Abstract: In this article we introduce the queer Bengali auteur Rituparno Ghosh (1961–2013), who had a significant role in reviving the Bengali film industry that was going through a dark phase for a little more than a decade. As an iconic feminist film-maker and queer cultural figure, Ghosh has been an influential icon within Bengal and more widely in India and the diasporas. In seeking to examine his vast oeuvre of work we focus on its various elements. First, we examine Ghosh’s feminist position, and how he shocked his middle-class audience through his transgressive discourses. Second, we investigate the influence and inspiration he received from figures such as Satyajit Ray and Rabindranath Tagore. We argue that Tagore’s sensibility and philosophy imbued all his films. In doing this he was also uncritically referencing the other great Bengali film-maker Satyajit Ray. Third, an examination of Ghosh is incomplete without referencing his uninhibited performance of queerness both in his films and in the public domain. Over here we look at his final queer film trilogy but also the impact he left on Calcutta’s LGBT community. Finally, this article ends by focusing on Ghosh’s legacy on other Bengali film-makers.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in South Asian History and Culture on 04/02/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19472498.2014.999441.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/19472498.2014.999441
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22993
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19472498.2014.999441
ISSN: 1947-2498
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