In Search of the Elusive Bird: Childhood from the Margins in Fandry
This chapter discusses the socioeconomic aspects of caste and class, peculiar to the context of Indian childhood but rarely represented in Indian cinema, in the contemporary children’s film Fandry (2013). Fandry occupies the physical spaces of childhood, chiefly school and home, in order to illustrate the special vulnerabilities and struggles of a child experiencing adolescence from the perspective of a social outcast. The identity-based discrimination that frames the protagonist’s childhood world and the distorting impact of that discrimination on the young protagonist’s coming of age form the thematic basis for the film.
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