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    Spirit and Ustad Hotel: What the State Wants to Say?

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    M.H.Ilyas ____________________________________________________________ On deeper scrutiny,by supposedly giving out the 'message' about responsible drinking it can be seen that 'SPIRIT' is playing out  a covert state strategy. The film that is vocal about the increase in liquor consumption among ordinary workers, however keeps mum about the living conditions which pressurise them into such a situation.USTAD HOTEL by Anwar rasheed also belongs to this group of films. The film that doles out detailed instructions about family planning, it is not surprising that Ustad hotel scoffs at the pro-natal policy prevalent among Malabar Muslims.M.H. Ilias argues that the films ustad hotel and spirit put forth arguments acceptable for the governing

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    MELVILASOM: ERASING ADDRESSES AND IDENTITIES

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    Rupesh Kumar "Melvilasam as a cinematic text very much  and clearly exclude all the political issues raised by dalits and untouchables in the Indian history and political contexts of caste discrimination and make an attempt  to patronizes such anti caste debates and the critics read this text as if it is depicting the ‘reality of caste’. In Indian cinema or society, ‘reality of caste’ has almost been  never  depicted and revealed and that  it is the need of the time especially in cinema to initiate a dialogue against brahmanic hegemony and patronizing attitudes. But interestingly, the film itself becomes a casteist and brahmanical covert  tool to suppress, erase and divert  the caste discussions and portray the

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    On Neelakuyil – A Critical Study

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    Dickens Leonard M. Yet, in their individual struggles, they fail to the dominant structures of the social collective. The films represent them as failures of an individual woman’s aspiration against a casteist patriarchy. The “upper” caste women actively desire the “lower” caste men in these films. Some of the addresses which are conventionally casteist are turned into an erotic, romantic address.     This Paper is an attempt to bridge the act of reviewing, in its historical contingency. It studies the film Neelakuyil in the context of the readings that has gone before it for the last 4 months on gender. In fact it is a comparative study of a 1954 film, not only in its context, but also importantly, in the

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