Feminism In Bapsi Sidhwa

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INTRODUCTION Literature is a Latin word which means “writing”. Literature has been commonly used since the eighteen century, equivalently with the French belles lettres (“fine letters”), to designate fictional and imaginative writings- poetry, prose, fiction, and drama. In an expanded use, it designates also any other writings (including philosophy, history, and even scientific works addressed to general audience) that are especially distinguished in form, expression, and emotional power. (Abrams, 199) Modern critical movements, aiming to correct what are seen as historical injustices, stress the strong but covert role played by gender, race, and class in establishing what has, in various eras, been accounted as literature, or in forming the…show more content…
Her writings reveal her loneliness, isolation, and suffering’s of her childhood. Her works contribute towards the changing attitude of the society for women’s right and status. Sidhwa belongs to that group of writers who believe in independence and freedom for women. She is a ray of hope for the autonomy and new roles of women. Bapsi Sidhwa has worked on the screenplay of Deepa Mehta’s film Water. Both are equally renowned women of our society who have shown a perfect artistic collaboration. My dissertation shows the collaborative work of Bapsi Sidhwa and Deepa Mehta where the novel compliments the film. Water by Deepa Mehta has always been a controversial film in India but it was appreciated by many viewers. Both the novel and movie are based upon similar themes and situations except some variations in the paragraphs, dialogues and cinematic effects. Throughout Water, the cruelties of Hindu’s against widows are exposed. The exploitation of women and forced prostitution by rich Brahmins reveals the reality of the upper class. Water depicts the miserable condition of widowhood and the condition of the Indian society in the 1930’s when the traditions of colonial India were threatened by the modern ideas of Mahatma…show more content…
The film is set in 1938, in the holy city of Banaras, India. It focuses on the mistreatment of widows and their struggle. The story of the film is exactly the same which is copied by Bapsi Sidhwa in her novel where she shows the forced life of Chuyia and the other widows. The film has various personal stories and tragedies and the history of the olden times. The film is very character led, but beautifully shot. Deepa Mehta through her movie shows the reality of India in a positive sense. No religion is perfect. Each has its share of blemish. Hinduism is no different whether these injustices are innate to the religion or by product of chauvinistic interpretation, one thing is clear: unleashing and relinquishing one of the skeletons in Hinduism’s closet will only enhance the quality of the religion. (PDF, 23) The study aims to explore the sense of community, man-women relationships, gender issues and the artistic collaboration of Bapsi Sidhwa and Deepa Mehta

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