AN ANALYSIS OF VIOLENCE IN HINDI CINEMA
Shoma A. Chatterji
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The dictionary definition of the term 'violence' is too literary to encompass the versatile facets of violence human beings inflict on fellow human beings. Violence in relation to films begins with a visualization of violent acts in their physical manifestations. Hindi films, mainstream and off-mainstream, form an integral part of the social fabric. They reflect the socio-cultural ethos of our society through imitation, suggestion, sympathy, question and inspiration. Sometimes, like a mirror, a film reflects the violence in real life. Sometimes, like the cartoonist or the caricaturist, it exaggerates real life through magnified audio-visual images of violent acts, deeds and characters.
Shoma A. Chatterji, film critic, journalist and author, won the National Award (1991) for Best Film Critic and the Best Film Critic Award from the Bengal Film Journalists¡¦ Association (1998.) Her book Parama and Other Outsiders ¡V The Cinema of Aparna Sen, won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2003. She won a research fellowship from the National Film Archive Pune in 2003-2004 and recently submitted her dissertation for her Senior Research Fellowship from PSBT (Public Service Broadcasting Trust) Delhi. She won the second prize in the Sahitya Akademi¡¦s Golden Short Story Translation Contest in 2007. She is awaiting the results of her Ph.D. thesis on Cinema in the History stream. The title of the thesis is Men Directors ¡V Women¡¦s Voice. She writes extensively on cinema and gender issues. She also covers media, human rights, development, child rights and contemporary issues in several print and electronic media publications across India. She has been on the panel of several Film Juries at International Film Festivals such as Mannheim-Heidelberg, St. Petersburg, Dona San Sebastian, etc. She has presented papers on television and cinema at Thessaloniki, Greece, Mannheim, Stuttgart and University of Heidelberg, Germany, School of Sound, London, and Asian Film Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Besides contributing to many edited compilations on Indian cinema, she has singly authored 16 published books on cinema, gender issues, short fiction and urban history. She currently contributes to The Statesman, The Tribune, Sahara Time, Screen, The Clean India Journal, Bride & Style, Tran World Features, South Asian Cinema and Film India Worldwide. She has been writing for 30 years and is based in Kolkata.