The Furious 1980s

M.K. Raghavendra

in Seduced by the Familiar

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696547
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080281 | DOI:
The Furious 1980s

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This chapter discusses the films of the 1980s which were often marked by brutality and violence. Violence in these films proliferated as connotations of the prevailing social issues of the period. The motifs dominating in these films include rape, ‘female dishonour’, gang rivalry, the urban criminal, caste violence, and regional antagonism. These films attempted to capture the state of the judiciary, the police system, and the society as a whole. The films studied in this chapter in relation to the dominant violence theme of the 1980s include Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Shaan, Shakti, Yaadon Ki Baraat, Tezaab, Ankush, Agneepath, Naseeb, and Prem Rog.

Keywords: 1980s; brutality; violence; judiciary; police system

Chapter.  11662 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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