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Cinema: Representations in Commercial Films: India
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Partition in Pakeezah: songs of the unspeakable

This entry explores the cinematic depiction of Muslim women against the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. One film is explored specifically (Pakeezah, The Pure One, dir. Kamal Amrohi, 1971), tracing Partition as presence and absence through its narrative and depiction. This film is apparently based on a theme different from Partition and set in a different time. However, the entry argues that this film i…

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Das, Srijana Mitra, “Cinema: Representations in Commercial Films: India”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0644>
First published online: 2010

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