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Studying Indian Cinema$
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Omar Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733681

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733681.001.0001

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Feminist Concerns

Feminist Concerns

Charulata (The Lonely Wife, 1964, Dir. Satyajit Ray)

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(p.87) Chapter Five: Feminist Concerns
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Studying Indian Cinema
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Omar Ahmed

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733681.003.0006

This chapter surveys the career and legacy of Indian cinema's greatest film-maker, Satyajit Ray. If Raj Kapoor can be credited with popularising Indian cinema around the globe, then Satyajit Ray can certainly lay claim to bringing a measure of artistic credibility and sincerity to Indian cinema. Choosing a favourite Ray film was a tricky proposition given the consistency he maintained as a film-maker over four decades. He may have built his reputation on the Apu trilogy, winning major awards at film festivals, but his lifelong fascination with Bengali novelist Rabindranath Tagore provided the source material for some of his finest and most complex works. Charulata (The Lonely Wife, 1964) forms the focus for the chapter, which covers the Bengal renaissance, Satyajit Ray's status as an auteur, gender representations in the films of Ray, camera and narrative style, the relationships between the three central characters, political undercurrents, and the film's portrayal of married life in the Bengali middle class.

Keywords:   Indian cinema, Satyajit Ray, artistic credibility, Apu trilogy, Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata, Bengal renaissance, gender representations, married life, Bengali middle class

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