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Masaan + Post-screening discussion

An Indo-French co-production and winner of two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, director Neeraj Ghaywan’s debut feature (written by Varun Grover – Sacred Games) is an understated, multi-narrative work and features rising star Vicky Kaushal (Raazi) in the role of a lower caste boy from the Dom community. The ancient city of Varanasi provides a beguiling backdrop to the interconnected lives of the characters, much of which seems to pivot on caste anxieties.

Event details

This screening will be followed by a free and informal discussion with Naman Ramachandran, writer of Brahman Naman, Meena Dhanda, Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Politics, University of Wolverhampton, and Vishal Chauhan, PhD Student, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Birmingham City University.

The cinematic silence around caste is similar to that of Partition since it conceals an on-going trauma about the historical realities of Indian life. Given the atrocities that are committed in the name of caste almost everyday in India makes the recent attempts by Indian filmmakers to reconnect with caste discrimination as profoundly urgent. This discussion will attempt to take stock of the shifts, trends and themes that have characterised the contemporary re-imagining of caste in contemporary Indian cinema in the UK and beyond.

This event is supported by the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) and the University of Manchester.