Major Themes In Diasporic Cinema

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Diasporic Cinema is a medium that encapsulates the stories of immigrant people and thus, in a way, mimics real life. The stories are made complex by the notion of transient identities and social structures. Diasporas do not emerge out of a sudden rupture, but have the qualities of dislocation and displacement. The spaces that come to be inhabited by the Diaspora are often hybrid and multicultural in nature. Hybridity, which becomes a part of the émigré, also transcends in such liminal spaces that get occupied. Hybridity is a term used by postcolonial scholars to signify the immigrant’s sense of displacement and dislocation, and fragmentation of identities, often resulting in spaces inhabited by Diasporic communities. There are recurring themes that surface in Indian Diasporic Cinema. The common themes are often woven around the issue of nostalgia towards the untainted motherland, resentment towards a lost Culture, holding on to pastiche culture, alienation and a sense of otherness in a foreign land, racial tension, generation gap, and Identity struggles. However, of all the complexities that bind the lives of Indian immigrants, there are certain elements that act as agents of reconnecting the Indian immigrant to his/her homeland. Apart from Indian…show more content…
The film uses gender and queer issues to bring forth the sentiments of the Punjabi community. The multiple identities and gender roles taken up by the characters, in a way, support the stereotypes but also question the obvious. The character of Jess symbolizes the struggles and tribulations of the Diaspora that has to switch between different roles, and alter it with changing times. Jess’s association with soccer is looked down upon by her family. Soccer, a sport that is supposed to be masculine in nature does not complement the ‘Indian woman’ image that Jess’s parents want her to

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