Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2015)
Voices from periphery: A study of women discourse in cinema and literature: Reflections from the writings of Yadvendra Sharma Chandra's lugaijaat (1989), Ashok Chakrdhar's film gulabari (1994) and novel gulabari (1998)
Author(s): Neetu Devi, Somvanhsi Maya R
Abstract: Yadvendra Sharma Chandraâ€™s story Lugaaijaat, was written in 1989, which focuses on mundane life of Rajsthani society and the prevalent socio-cultural discrimination based on the lines of gender and caste. The story describes about the exploitation of lower caste community, and extreme violence on women in the regressive castist and patriarchal society. It was also made into a film named Gulabari and was again written into a novel. The story revolves around a dalit women named Gulabari, who struggles for remarriage after the death of her husband and only child. The story was a little modified by the director Ashok Chakradhar and was made into film to show the effect of that story and the struggle of a dalit woman in Indian society on the vast level, which was a great success and was well appreciated by the critics and viewer. However after watching the film and its effect on the audience, writer of the story was again motivated to write a novel because he found a gap in the existing literature and cinema. Thus he decided to write a novel which was different than the story and film. It conveyed the insight of writer through the various phases of struggle faced by Gulabari and ultimately the triumph and success of Gulabari to achieve what she had always dreamed of, unlike the story and film. The present paper tries to understand the influence of literature over cinema and vice versa.