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How the Bollywood sports biopic 83 furthers masculinity, nationalist view

Today, Bollywood is demonstrating a renewed purpose of creating new national myths, and it is on full display in the new film 83

Kapil Dev, 1983

Radhika Raghav | The Conversation
Contemporary Bollywood films tend to focus on stories of the Indian underdog emerging triumphant after facing adversity or a threat from an “outsider”: the triumph of the charismatic masculine Hinduised hero who fulfils his duty, saves the nation and reclaims India’s lost pride.
This isn’t a new phenomenon. Bollywood’s formula of promoting nationalist rhetoric via glorification of past heroes or events can be traced back to the early years of the Marathi theatre.
In the 19th century, Marathi theatre staged historical events still within living memory: re-telling stories of the great Maratha Empire, which covered much

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First Published: Jan 27 2022 | 10:44 AM IST

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