Rudaali in Film Narrative: Looking Through the Feminist Lens


  • Reetamoni Das Tezpur University
  • Dr Debarshi Prasad Nath Tezpur University



Rudaali, gender, struggle, feminine, language


Kalpana Lajmi adapts Mahesweta Devi’s short story to highlight the plight of a woman in the system of exploitation and hunger. Amidst the never ending class struggle, that Devi has so effectively depicted, the struggle of gender becomes the issue of highlight for Lajmi. In poverty and prosperity she remains the same. In the search for the self, Lajmi tries to discover a language through which the subaltern may speak and in Rudaali it is the language of tears. Tears that have been eternally associated with the female become the unique language of the feminine to speak for themselves in Lajmi and Devi. In the cultural terrain where language of man is the norm Rudaali is an exception.

Author Biographies

Reetamoni Das, Tezpur University

Research Scholar

Department of Cultural Studies

Tezpur University

Dr Debarshi Prasad Nath, Tezpur University

Associate Professor

Department of Cultural Studies

Tezpur University


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How to Cite

Das, R., & Nath, D. D. P. (2014). Rudaali in Film Narrative: Looking Through the Feminist Lens. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 3(2), 120–139.