'Bad' Women of Bombay Films

Studies in Desire and Anxiety

  • Saswati Sengupta
  • Shampa Roy
  • Sharmila Purkayastha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Saswati Sengupta, Shampa Roy, Sharmila Purkayastha
    Pages 1-24
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Part III

  6. Part IV

  7. Part V

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 375-381

About this book


This book presents a feminist mapping of the articulation and suppression of female desire in Hindi films, which comprise one of modern India’s most popular cultural narratives. It explores the lineament of evil and the corresponding closure of chastisement or domesticity that appear as necessary conditions for the representation of subversive female desire. The term ‘bad’ is used heuristically, and not as a moral or essential category, to examine some of the iconic disruptive women of Hindi cinema and to uncover the nexus between patriarchy and other hierarchies, such as class, caste and religion in these representations.  

The twenty-one essays examine the politics of female desire/s from the 1930s to the present day - both through in-depth analyses of single films and by tracing the typologies in multiple films. The essays are divided into five sections indicating the various gendered desires and rebellions that patriarchal society seeks to police, silence and domesticate.  


Bombay Film Indian Film Hindi Film Women in Cinema Cinema and Gender

Editors and affiliations

  • Saswati Sengupta
    • 1
  • Shampa Roy
    • 2
  • Sharmila Purkayastha
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EnglishMiranda House, Delhi UniversityDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of EnglishMiranda House, Delhi UniversityDelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of EnglishMiranda House, Delhi UniversityDelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26787-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26788-9
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