Screen violence and partition
ABSTRACT Recent film and television treatment of South Asia from UK producers have introduced new angles on the violent politics of colonial past, whether this be the activities of the East India Company in the early days of Empire, or about Partition, at the ostensible Raj’s end. The controversy over Gurinder Chadha’s 2017 film Viceroy’s House is taken as an opportunity to consider the new South Asian film and television studies and the emergent scholars that are challenging conventional media studies models. The co-constitution of here and there is given as an analytic lens through which to comprehend representation and stereotyping in films “about” politics in South Asia, and the view taken is that a debilitating divide and rule, via mechanisms of representation, remains strongly in place, despite the fighting efforts of the new South Asian media scholarship.
KEYWORDS: Partition; colonialism; film; Gurinder Chadha; South Asia; media studies
Notes on contributor
Hutnyk is the author of several books, including 1996 The Rumour of Calcutta: tourism, charity and the poverty of representation, 2000 Critique of Exotica, and 2014 Pantomime Terror: Music and Politics. His book Global South Asia on Screen is out with Bloomsbury in June 2018.