You are going to analyze the Indian movie of Bandit Queen. How does the female character(Phoolan Devi) become a symbol of the nation: the rape victim and the outlaw, How is the film a story of the modern nation of India? How do tradition and modernity interact in the particular cinematic narrative, and to what effect?
Your paper should address the close connection between gender and the nation. You could write on the role of authority figures (caste, class, gender, urban, rural) in the Bandit Queen. How do these figure subsume Phoolan’s life under their own selfish agendas? Or, does the act of filmmaking bring forth the degradation faced by Phoolan or is it yet another exploitative measure?
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