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Psychotramp

I only wish she hadn't got carried away by Freudian psychoanalysis...

Psychotramp
Psychotramp
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The thought of ploughing through over a 100 pages on just one film at first seems daunting. Even if it is Raj Kapoor’s chef d’oeuvre Awara that conquered hearts from China, through the erstwhile Soviet Union and the Middle East when it was first released over half-a-century ago, and later became a prototype for countless films.

However, Chatterjee’s microscopic examination of the film—it’s almost as if she’s placed it on an analyst’s couch—throws up some fascinating insights into this essentially rather dark film that turns around the nature vs nurture debate. Chatterjee’s book not only looks at this film in isolation (text, subtext et al) but also situates it in the socio-political-historical context in which it was made. More importantly, she discusses the film in the light of popular Indian cinema, and cinema at large.

When Chatterjee first published this book in 1992 (Penguin’s brought out this second edition with a new preface) she was one of the rare writers on film to accord popular cinema the place it deserves. The little book is a must for...

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