Journal Article

Hindianizing <i>Heidi</i>: Working Children in Abdul Rashid Kardar’s <i>Do Phool</i>

Michael Lawrence

in Adaptation

Volume 5, issue 1, pages 102-118
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online May 2011 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI:
Hindianizing Heidi: Working Children in Abdul Rashid Kardar’s Do Phool

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This article addresses Do Phool (1958), Abdul Rashid Kardar’s film adaptation of Johanna Spyri’s classic children’s novel Heidi (1880). Kadar’s film reconfigures Spyri’s vision of the Romantic child within the idiom of popular Hindi cinema—with its particular performance traditions and mythological allusions—in order to project an ideological image of the newly independent State. The film therefore exemplifies what Tejaswini Ganti has called (H)Indianization. Attending closely to the work of the child actors presented in the film can reveal the ideological and allegorical use of childhood in 1950s Hindi cinema, as well as the uneven development of childhood as a universal category.

Keywords: Hindi cinema; film adaptation; Heidi; Do Phool; childhood; performance

Journal Article.  8804 words. 

Subjects: Film ; Television ; Literature

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