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Cinema: Representations in Commercial Films: India
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From pardah to the silver screen: representations of the Muslim courtesan in Hindi cinema

In the most famous scene of Umrao Jaan (1981), the heroine enters the stage in a haze of ivory, emerald, and gold. It is the young courtesan’s first public danc…

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Jhala, Angma, “Cinema: Representations in Commercial Films: India”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0705>
First published online: 2011



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