The Female Gaze w/ Ahendrila Goswami | Piku | The Namesake


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In this very special episode, Dhruv and Amartya welcome High on Films writer Ahendrila Goswami to talk about some essential feminist film theory and then apply it to two special films that they feel establish a different form of looking compared to mainstream cinema - Shoojit Sircar & Juhi Chaturvedi's "Piku," & Mira Nair and Sooni Taraporevala's adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake."
To listen to an extended discussion of Laura Mulvey's seminal essay, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema," and the conceptual use of this "gaze" in these two films specifically, check out the full episode!
"Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema":,%2520Visual%2520Pleasure.pdf
Ahendrila's Essays referenced in this episode:
1. Creating an Ashoke Ganguli of his Own: Irrfan Khan in "The Namesake" (2006):
2. Exploring the Paradox of Freedom in "Great Freedom" (2021):
3. Shardul Thakur Comes Out of the Closet: A Nuanced Portrayal of Queerness in "Badhaai Do" (2022):
Time Codes:
[00:00 - 06:24] - Intro
[06:25 - 31:18] - Film Theory; Contemporary Examples of Male Gaze.
[31:19 - 01:08:18] - Piku
[01:08:19 - 01:47:48] - The Namesake
[01:47:49 - 01:53:21] - Outro
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