THE FEMALE BILDUNGSROMAN AND PURSUIT OF LIFE’S MEANING IN SELECT BOLLYWOOD MOVIES

  • Mrs. Kuhoo Singh

Abstract

Somewhere in our psychology we have a definite image of a man and a woman. In our patriarchal society, men have been defining women as a character that suites their needs and fits in their lifestyle. With so much stereotyping of women going on and their gender role defined, women often struggle with identity crisis. Growth has become a condition of privilege that is not for all sexes. Women often struggle to grow under oppressive mindset of the society. So much effort has been made by the popular literature and cinema to show such stories and inspire us all to break the barriers set by the shallow society. Bildungsroman stories are a very important genre in the feminist canon. It has been shown again and again with different settings and actors with the same message and goal. Bildungsroman for women is so much more than psychological or character development. It also focuses on a woman’s understanding of her value and capability in a male-centric society. Movies like ‘Dear Zindagi’, ‘Pink’, ‘Queen’ etc. show women under a different light. They not only try to live life on their own terms but thrive while doing so. Their character development also says so much about the society we live in. This paper talks about such coming of age stories with an emphasis on the struggle of women associated with them.
How to Cite
Mrs. Kuhoo Singh. (1). THE FEMALE BILDUNGSROMAN AND PURSUIT OF LIFE’S MEANING IN SELECT BOLLYWOOD MOVIES. ACCENT JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS ECOLOGY & ENGINEERING ISSN: 2456-1037 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL IF:7.98, ELJIF: 6.194(10/2018), Peer Reviewed and Refereed Journal, UGC APPROVED NO. 48767, 6(8), 18-19. Retrieved from https://ajeee.co.in/index.php/ajeee/article/view/2195