A Reading of Bhabendra Nath Saikia's Films from Feminist Lens


  • Minakshi Dutta Assam Women's University




Woman, Assamese Cinema, Indian Cinema, Femininity, Representation


Feminist movement deconstructs the constructed images of women on the screen as well. The gap between real and reel woman is a vibrant topic of discussion for the feminist scholars. As a regional genre of Indian film industry Assamese film flourished during the third decades of twentieth century. Like the films of other parts of the world, Assamese films also constructing the image of woman, particularly Assamese women, in its own way of projection. Hence, this article is an attempt to explore the questions related to women’s representation by taking the films of Assamese director Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia as reference. Moreover, as per the demand of the article it will cover a historical overview of the representation of women in Indian cinema and Assamese cinema. Different theories from psychoanalysis and feminism will be applied to analyze the select movies.

Author Biography

Minakshi Dutta, Assam Women's University

Assistant professor, Cultural Studies Department


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How to Cite

Dutta, M. (2020). A Reading of Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s Films from Feminist Lens. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 8(2), 247–274. https://doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2020.261