Bollywood women: stardom, performance and the construction of gender

Course Dates: 05/03/22 - 12/03/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Bollywood produces some of the biggest films in the world, with wide global reach and overseas markets. However, relatively little has been written about the key female stars and the changing film roles for women in Hindi cinema. Explore these key female stars and how they have made themselves distinct on film through both film narratives and performance styles.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

Course Code: HF157

Sat, day, 05 Mar - 12 Mar '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course looks at the way in which gender is constructed and presented in Hindi cinema. Female stars are one way to analyse and critique the way we view women by looking historically at the way women are presented on-screen. This course will contrast the film roles, narrative types, and performance styles of the 1950s and the 2010’s to show both similarities and differences in the presentation of women over time.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The development of gender in Hindi cinema
• The great and iconic female stars and what makes them distinctive
• Performance styles by women in key film roles
• The types of narratives used in female-driven films, including the recent expansion into different types of female sexuality.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• List key films featuring central female characters and stars, recognising factors that have influenced their construction.
• Explain why certain topics, movies and stars are central to the discussion of gender in Hindi film.
• Analyse gender in key film sequences.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. No prior knowledge is necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lecture, screenings, and discussion along with links for further reading/research.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There no other costs. Bring a pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other Film Studies classes under History, Culture and Writing at

Ann-Marie Fleming

Ann-Marie Fleming received her PhD in Film Studies from The University of Kent in 2019. She has taught multiple film courses on film history, style, and theory. She has published two articles in the Celebrity Studies Journal and a book chapter in Star Attractions, Twentieth-Century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom.

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