BCU Symposium: Sholay at 45

Following on from my blog on the iconic Bollywood film Sholay (1975), and the call for papers for the ‘Sholay at 45’ symposium at Birmingham City University (BCU), I share with all interested parties the full programme for the day.

Papers for the Symposium have been confirmed with film scholars, students and film-goers from around the globe in attendance.

With an interesting selection of papers chosen to both critique and celebrate a film that so many of us grew up watching, the symposium will make for an interesting day of academic discussion and debate. I myself am particularly keen to hear Vishal Chauhan’s paper on ‘Fanning the Old Flame: Sholay, the Presence of Absence and the Rhetorical Reinforcement of  Caste Structure’ (given my own area of research) and Kooshna Gupta’s paper ‘An Understanding of Female Dancing Scenes in 1970s: Sholay’s Mehbooba Mehbooba and Haa Jab Tak Hai Jaan’.

We have all mimicked the dialogues and sung along (albeit some secretly) to our favourite Sholay soundtrack. Let us now come together to celebrate and debate this milestone movie as it marks 45 years of its release.

If anyone would like to attend on the day, please contact Professor Rajinder Dudrah directly at Rajinder.dudrah@bcu.ac.uk.

‘SHOLAY at 45’ Symposium: Wednesday 8 April 2020 – Programme

The conference will take place in the Curzon Building, room C581, BCU city centre campus. Further details on the following are available on the website and campus map found here:

9 – 9.30am Registration and Tea/Coffee in room C582 (conference hashtag for Twitter/social media use #Sholay45)

9.30 – 9.50 Welcome Professor Rajinder Dudrah, Birmingham City University, UK Co-Editor SAPC; Dr Omar Ahmed, UK based film scholar

10 – 11.30am Panel 1 (Format for all panels – 20 min paper followed by 30mins Q&A/discussion)

Bernhard Fuchs, University of Vienna, Austria – ‘Mehbooba o Mehbooba: The Transnational Biography of a Song’

Kooshna Gupta, The University of Auckland, New Zealand – ‘An Understanding of Female Dancing Scenes in 1970s: Sholay’s Mehbooba Mehbooba and Haa Jab Tak Hai Jaan’

Susmi Patel, University of Roehampton, UK – ‘An analysis of the representation of Sholay’s Basanti: an on-screen icon of ‘modern’ femininity?’

11.30 – 1pm Panel 2

Florian Stadtler, University of Exeter, UK – ‘Violence, Vigilantism, and homosocial masculine bonds — Sholay and the Indian Novel in English’

Souraj Dutta, University of St Andrews, UK – ‘Cinephiles, Fans, Readers: Sholay’s Transnational Graphic Novel Adaptation’

Debaditya Mukhopadhyay, University of Gourbanga, India – ‘Embers of Epical Origin for the Dark Years: Mapping and Analyzing Sholay’s Borrowings from Ramayana’

1pm – 1.45pm Lunch [Room C582]

1.45pm – 3.15pm Panel 3

Anjali Gera Roy, Indian Institute of Technology, India – ‘Naql, Iqtida, Muarada, and Javab g’oi, Sariqa, and Mahumda Sariqa in a Cult Masala Film’

Iain Robert Smith, King’s College London, UK – ‘Duplicate Sholay: Tracing the Cultural Afterlife of Sholay through its Spoofs and Remakes’

Györgyi Vajdovich, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary – ‘Western influences in Sholay

3.15 – 3.45 Tea/Coffee break [Room C582]

3.45pm – 4.55pm Panel 4

Vishal Chauhan, Birmingham City University, UK – ‘Fanning the Old Flame: Sholay, the Presence of Absence and the Rhetorical Reinforcement of  Caste Structure’

Mrunal Chavda, Institute of Language Studies and Applied Social Sciences, India – ‘Stereotyping Outlaws, Bandits and Gangsters: Gabbar Meets Jogidas Khuman’

5pm – 5.15pm Concluding thoughts & Departure

The Sholay Trailer

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