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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 61) Last page : ( 67)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00011.6

Understanding Patriarchy through Characterization of Feminine Features in Films: A Semiotic Analysis of Sairat and Kabali

Divakar A. K.1,*, Dr. Natarajan V.2

1Research Scholar, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu-636011

2Research Supervisor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu-636011

*Corresponding Author Email: dak280@gmail.com

Online published on 24 May, 2018.


Caste has been an age-old problem in India and other Hindu countries. Caste has established itself through various rituals, food habits, isolation, patriarchy and many other ways. Controlling women, serves as one of keystone component of maintaining the caste system. This research article analyses two Dalit films to understand the component of women and portrayal of feministic characters in one Tamil film (Kabali) and one Marathi film (Sairat). These films have been chosen to understand the discourse of women and to discuss the portrayal and control of women in these films. Semiotic analysis is coupled with semantic and pragmatic analysis to understand the discourse of women. Sairat serves as a film, which portrays women in a comparatively different light from normal stereotypical patriarchal films. Whereas, Kabali despite being a Dalit film falls within the framework of normal Indian film, which offers very little space to women. Dalit literature is the literature of the oppressed. Dalit films are a part of Dalit literature, so they shoulder strong responsibility in proposing counter narratives to stereotypical views of women oppression in the society. Once Dalit narratives are able to break this rigid framework, then they might be able to indirectly attack the evils of caste system, through women empowerment.



Woman oppression, Dalit literature, Portrayal of women, semiotic analysis of films, Caste and women.


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