Lotte Hoek

in Cut-Pieces

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780231162890
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231535151 | DOI:

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This chapter describes the public consumption of the film, Mintu the Murderer, through Bangladeshi print media. Throughout these newspapers and magazines, critics and fans have created a discursive opposition between the terms “healthy” and “obscene,” which has been appended to the vulgar films and the people who made them. Mintu the Murderer was not an exception as there had been (i) articles about the sexually explicit color pictures of the actress Jenny in the cheap pornographic magazines, Agomon and Manobjomin; (ii) articles about the divorce of the actress Shadnaz with her husband in Shornali magazine; and (iii) anonymous articles about the court cases that maligned the reputation of director, Shahadat Ali Shiplu, for making vulgar films. Nonetheless, the work continued. The noise or awaaz generated around those involved in making the Mintu the Murderer eventually guaranteed the film a position in the public realm.

Keywords: public consumption; Mintu the Murderer; Bangladeshi print media; healthy/obscene; vulgar films; sexually explicit pictures; Agomon; Manobjomin; Shahadat Ali Shiplu; awaaz

Chapter.  9878 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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