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Title: International terrorism? Indian popular cinema and the politics of terror
Authors: Clini, Clelia
Keywords: Bombay cinema
State violence
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: CLINI, C., 2015. International terrorism? Indian popular cinema and the politics of terror. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 8 (3), pp. 337-357.
Abstract: The first decade of the twenty-first century has been marked by the decisive entry into our media landscape of the so-called global war on terror, with countless films and TV series from all over the world addressing the issue of international terrorism. Even Indian popular cinema, which has been addressing the issue of domestic terrorism since the late 1980s with films such as Roja (Ratnam, 1992), Drohkaal (Nihalani, 1994), Maachis (Gulzar, 1996), has, since the new millennium, begun to tackle the topic of international terrorism. In this article, I will analyse the shift in the construction of the terrorist discourse in Indian popular cinema from a domestic to an international perspective in order to highlight the close proximity between the two, as in fact, the “global war on terror” narrative seems to offer Indian filmmakers the possibility to simultaneously address international and domestic terrorism. In particular, I will refer to Karan Johar’s film My Name Is Khan as a text which, while discussing the consequences of the American war on terror on its minorities, problematises the official discourse on terrorism and its neo-Orientalist character. It also draws a parallel between the situation of minorities in the United States and India. In so doing, the film triggers a reflection on the state of the Indian nation and questions the state of the secularist values of newly independent India after decades of communal violence.
Description: This paper is closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2015.1070531
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27671
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2015.1070531
ISSN: 1753-9153
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