‘Colour’ing the Rainbow

Exploring the Intersectionality of Caste and Class in Geeli Pucchi

Authors

  • Neethu Das

Keywords:

Caste, Cinema, Identity, Representation, Sexuality

Abstract

This article briefly explores the caste politics visible in the queer relationship represented in the movie Geeli Pucchi(Sloppy Kisses), the third film in the Netflix anthology film Ajeeb Daastaans (Untold Stories, Hindi, 2021). The article attempts to discuss how the plurality of queer identities is generally erased and appropriated as a global ‘gay’ identity which is rich, cis, male and savarna in Indian representations on same sex love. The two active trajectories of Queer Movement which are assimilational and oppositional in certain Indian queer representations as the case studies are examined, focusing on Geeli Pucchi. It can be argued that Indian Queer Movement, which is necessarily against the right wing, Hindutva politics can be seen upholding the same value system by reflecting the Brahmanic and patriarchal propaganda in Literature. By presenting certain examples from Indian representations of same sex love, the paper would substantiate the above arguments. The paper would study Geeli Pucchi as a movie which explored the everyday banality of same sex relationships in India, at the same time critiquing in a political perspective.

Author Biography

Neethu Das

Dr. Neethu Das K. currently works as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, VIT-AP University. Her areas of research interest include Queer Theatre, 21st century Theatre, Culture and Marginality, Queer representations etc.

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Published

13-06-2022

How to Cite

Das, N. (2022). ‘Colour’ing the Rainbow: Exploring the Intersectionality of Caste and Class in Geeli Pucchi. SINDHU: Southasian INter-Disciplinary HUmanities, 2(1). Retrieved from https://sindhuthejournal.org/index.php/sindhuthejournal/article/view/colouring_the_rainbow_neethu_das