Apocalyptic desires and possessing the world through the gaze

Satyajit Ray’s Charulata

  • Devapriya Sanyal Jawaharlal Nehru University
Keywords: Sexuality, Gender, Charulata, Cinema, India, Female gaze, Satyajit Ray


Whilst cinema certainly propagates social change as a signpost of dominant ideologies and prevalent values in society, it may also be a means to establish resisting positions, and here I examine the dynamics of ‘looking’ versus ‘to be looked-at-ness’, as it were. I attempt this through a reading of Satyajit Ray’s Charulata and problematise Laura Mulvey’s notion of the 'male gaze'. Ray’s film, in fact, seem to pre-empt this with the ‘female gaze’. This, I argue, differs because it is discerning and critical, and it is through this that the woman at last comes into her own.

How to Cite
Sanyal, D. (2020). Apocalyptic desires and possessing the world through the gaze. The South Asianist Journal, 7, 71-81. Retrieved from http://www.southasianist.ed.ac.uk/article/view/4275