1st Edition

Film, Media and Representation in Postcolonial South Asia
Beyond Partition

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ISBN 9781138339767
July 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
288 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume brings together new studies and interdisciplinary research on the changing mediascapes in South Asia. Focusing on India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, it explores the transformations in the sphere of cinema, television, performance art, visual cultures, cyber space and digital media, beyond the traumas of the partitions of 1947 and 1971.

Through wide-ranging essays on soft power, performance, film, and television; art and visual culture; and cyber space, social media, and digital texts, the book bridges the gap in the study of the postcolonial and post-Partition developments to reimagine South Asia through a critical understanding of popular culture and media. The volume includes scholars and practitioners from the subcontinent to foster dialogue across the borders, and presents diverse and in-depth studies on film, media and representation in the region.

This book will be useful to scholars and researchers of media and film studies, postcolonial studies, visual cultures, political studies, partition history, cultural studies, mass media, popular culture, history, sociology and South Asian studies, as well as to media practitioners, journalists, writers, and activists.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Anjali Gera Roy

Preface by Claire Pamment



Introduction — Moving beyond Partitions: Theorising the Academic Dialogue

Nukhbah Taj Langah and Roshni Sengupta


Part I. Soft Power: Performance, Film and Television


1.         Trouble in Paradise: The Portrayal of the Kashmir Insurgency in Hindi Cinema

Julia Szivak

2.         The Vale of Desire: Framing Kashmir in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider

Nishat Haider

3.         Finding Comfort in Silence? The Absence of Partition Narratives from the Contemporary Group Theatre in Kolkata

Arnab Banerji

4.         The Rise of the Celebrity Anchor in Pakistan’s Private TV: The One Voice that Kills Other Voices

Altaf Ullah Khan



Part II. Art and Visual Culture


5.         Discourses on Partition through Visual Culture

Kamayani Kumar

6.         Post-71: Photographic Ambivalences, Archives, and the Construction of a National Identity of Bangladesh

Nubras Samayeen

7.         Speaking Soon after Catastrophe: The Partition Art of Satish Gujral and S. L. Parasher as Record, Testimony, Trauma

Shruti Parthasarathy



Part III.  Cyber Space, Social Media, and Digital Texts


8.         Politicising the Body of the ‘Other’: India’s Gaze at Pakistan

Debanjana Nayek

9.         Keyboard Nations: Cyberhate and Partition Anxiety on Social Media

Suryansu Guha

10.       Pakistani Literary Digitalisation: “Mediascaping” Mohsin Hamid’s “The (Former) General in his Labyrinth”

Waseem Anwar


Conclusion — Reflections: Building Bridges

Nukhbah Taj Langah and Roshni Sengupta




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Nukhbah Taj Langah is Associate Professor of English at Forman Christian College University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Roshni Sengupta is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.


'An important and politically timely volume on the two partitions that brings together leading scholars in the fields of media and cultural production. It is fuelled by a shared aspiration, which is to challenge the binaries of history and construct a more open and vibrant mediascape in South Asia.'

Nira Wickramasinghe, Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands


'Two partitions, bloodbaths, and migrations define toxic nationalisms in South Asia. As a region still struggling with decolonisation, it is imperative that the religious and militaristic constructs of national identity be challenged through discourses that have been excluded from the mainstream and suppressed by coercive states. This volume is seminal in many ways as it aims to foster dialogue among scholars and practitioners. It is a valuable reference for students, thinkers, and publics within and beyond South Asia.'

Raza Rumi, Director, Park Center for Independent Media, Ithaca College, USA, and Editor-in-chief, Nayadaur Media