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Romance and Marriage in Small-Town India

This response to "The Provincial Self in the Town of Love" (EPW, 21 December 2013) argues that while Shuddh Desi Romance is not a formula film, it is certainly not a "brave" film and in fact the politics of its "romance" is shallow and uninteresting.

Aarti Wani in “The Provincial Self in the Town of Love” (EPW, 21 December 2013) lauds the Hindi film Shuddh Desi Romance (SDR) for its presentation of the reality of romance, its anti-marriage stance and attempt to reconfigure gender relations. This article, while responding to Wani’s arguments, attempts to intervene in the purported less than adequate conversation generated around its politics.

‘Indigenous’ Love and Marriage

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