Queering Bollywood: Alternative sexualities in popular Indian Cinema

G. Gopinath

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    In this essay, I demonstrate through numerous examples taken from four identifiable Hindi film subgenres queer themes which, though nontransgressive in their native Indian context, acquire subversive value and serve as queer points of identification when viewed from a non-nationalist bias. Watching particular films with this "queer diasporic viewing practive," sex/gender play which is normative (yet still coded) in the land of the films' production can be reclaimed as queer through the differently subjective lens of transnational spectatorship, a lens removed from patriarchy, sexism, and homophobia. This particularly becomes apparent in the Bollywood dance sequence-the frequent site of Hindi sex/gender play-whose coded queer desires are much easier to de-code (or re-code) when in the diaspora.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)283-297
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Homosexuality
    Issue number3-4
    StatePublished - 2000

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies
    • Social Psychology
    • Education
    • General Psychology


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