Religion and Gender in Indian Novels and Films (Chad Bauman, Summer 2007)

Contributed by Chad Bauman, Butler University

Books Set in India/Written by Indian authors

1. Pratibha Ray’s Yajnaseni (Mahabharata retold through eyes of Draupadi by an Oriyan authoress)

2. Mahasweta Devi’s short story The Wet Nurse (set in Calcutta)

3. Lalithambika Antherjanams, Cast Me Out If You Will: Stories and Memoir, translated by Gita Krishnankutty, (1998).

4. Amrit Lal Nagars Suhaag ke Nupur (adaptation of Silappadikaram)

Books Set Elsewhere

1. Camilla Gibb’s Sweetness in the Belly (Ethiopia)


1. Devi (Satyajit Ray)

2. Dor

3. Devi (In Bengali by Satyajit Ray)

4. Anuradha (In Hindi By Hrishikesh Mukherjee)

5. Anupama (In Hindi By Hrishikesh Mukherjee)

6. Sati (In Bengali by Aparna Sen)

7. Streer Patra

8. Mahanagar (In Bengali by Satyajit Ray)

9. Zubeida (In Hindi By Shyam Benegal)

10. Pakeezah (In Hindi also touching on Muslim culture)

11. Nikaha (In Hindi also touching on Muslim culture)

12. Saheb Bibi Aur Ghulam (In Hindi, by Gurudatta)

13. Avargal (In Tamil)

14. Kannagi (In Tamil by R.S. Mani)

15. Mother India

16. Damini

17. Bandit Queen (a sympathetic view of Phulan Devi, the female dacoit)

18. Samaya (Sushmita Sen as a police officer)

19-20. Amrapali (1966) and Chitralekha (1964): Two color masterpieces based on two novels by same author Acharya Chatursen.