Portrayal of Intersex Characters in Indian Cinema

Qureshi, Kamran ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1859-2257 (2020) Portrayal of Intersex Characters in Indian Cinema.

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Depiction of intersex characters in Indian cinema is blurred with other non-binary identities. This research study produces a historical account that examines the visual representation of people with intersex variations in the last twenty-five years in Indian cinema. It critically evaluates the visual narratives of Indian fiction films, having apparent and ambiguous intersex characters, using a filmmaker and scholar’s perspective, to examine the role and responsibility of this medium in creating awareness and entertainment amongst the audience. It gathers new knowledge on the less visible subject of intersex and their social, psychological and health issues portrayed in Indian films. In conclusion, this paper asserts that mostly the intersex characters portrayed negatively as pimps, dancing beggars, criminals, and forced prostitutes and not been conceived in other genres in Indian films.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intersex characters,indian cinema,dancing beggars,visual representation,non-binary,fiction films
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 23:45
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:33
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80343

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