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Seduced by the FamiliarNarration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema$
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M.K. Raghavendra

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195696547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195696547.001.0001

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The Furious 1980s

The Furious 1980s

Undermining the Nation State

(p.207) 6 The Furious 1980s
Seduced by the Familiar

M.K. Raghavendra

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the films of the 1980s which were often marked by brutality and violence. Violence in these films proliferated as connotations of the prevailing social issues of the period. The motifs dominating in these films include rape, ‘female dishonour’, gang rivalry, the urban criminal, caste violence, and regional antagonism. These films attempted to capture the state of the judiciary, the police system, and the society as a whole. The films studied in this chapter in relation to the dominant violence theme of the 1980s include Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Shaan, Shakti, Yaadon Ki Baraat, Tezaab, Ankush, Agneepath, Naseeb, and Prem Rog.

Keywords:   1980s, brutality, violence, judiciary, police system

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