Stereotypes In Film

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Malayalam cinema has always taken its themes from pertinent social issues and has been interwoven with raw material from literature, drama, and politics since its provenience. ’Gender’ is always a very marked term which has a very consequential impact on every practice of a social being as it characterize men and women’s role profoundly. Women are generally considered as housekeeper and their identity depends on this consideration. The main objective of this paper is to study how subjugated women are portrayed in three films of Director Shyamaprasad namely Agnisakshi, Akale and Ore Kadal .These three films show how women are subjugated socially, physically, emotionally and sexually. Agnisakshi is the story of the difficulty of the antharjanam…show more content…
Nonetheless, female stereotypes continue to thrive in the media we consume every day. The ever changing attitude of Malayalees towards womanhood is clearly reflected in the Malayalam films of 20th century. The feminine sensibility as a mirror of the times has been explored by many writers and this exploration often shows the assumptions and sympathies about women too. The prevailing conditions in Kerala society convince that the condition of women is rooted in biological and psychological immutabilities. Vayalar Ramavarma, Sreekumaran Thambi, P. Bhasaskaran etc are the pioneers in the surfacing of female rage and sexuality. Almost all the writers are concerned with the exploration of female sexuality, vulnerability, helplessness, failure to live in an authentic life and dependency. Women are often potrayed as an object for sensuous satisfaction, an obedient life partner , and as a perfect home maker. They can be seen as fragmented and helpless creatures still locked in dependency on men. It is interesting to note that none of these writers have strived to lift the traditional/ patriarchal norms that render women subordinate to her male counterparts. None of them tend to advocate a new self-definition of woman; instead, they all nourish the…show more content…
They are all women bound by traditions and are victims of it. They live inside the box built by the Namboothiri traditions and are afraid to break it. It is a story about the age old struggle of old and new, the traditional and the modern, told from the twilight hour when the change is imminent but is not yet there. Akale is a honest transposition Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie" tells the story of an Anglo-Indian family in Kerala, with four characters playing out the story. The family consists of Margaret, Neil and Rose .Margaret, the mother, has been taking care of her children’s since her husband forsake her. Neil, the eldest son, works as a clerk in a warehouse and aspires to be a writer, Rose, the daughter, is a very timid and sensitive person who does not do any anything. Rose, who has a slightly deformed leg, suffers from inferiority
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