South Asia

Organized Panel Session

3 - Double Dekho (See Doubleness)

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor

Much of the debate on slums in the fields of planning, policy, and
activism has revolved around the question of housing, while
overlooking other spaces and objects that constitute slum localities.
This paper is an ethnographic exploration of one such overlooked
space—the video-theatres in Toba Tek Nagar, a slum locality in
Mumbai’s periphery. Video-theaters in Toba Tek Nagar are homosocial
spaces that are used by old and new male slum-residents in multiple
ways every day. However, one of its significant aspects is that the
slum-residents watch specific films, scenes, songs, or dialogues, over
and over again. This paper looks at how this repetitive act, which is
integral to the mimetic technology of films (alongside play), affords
certain slum residents to transpose themselves into other spaces and
times and to undo the urban alienation therapeutically.

Prasad Khanolkar

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

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