Women in Indian Popular Culture
In the past few years, as India confronted several violent rape cases in the real world, powerful actresses Sridevi, Madhuri, and Juhi Chawla have returned to film with feminist roles. Is this related or a coincidence? Over the past decades what influence have women's portrayal on film had on the culture of India? What can we find by doing a feminist reading of the most popular films of India? What about the popular Saas/Bahu soap operas? Will the rise of powerful women in the industry, such as Ekta Kapoorand Zoya Akhtar, do anything to change the current trends? Or are they causing them?
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference