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Subalterns, Cricket and the 'Nation': The Silences of 'Lagaan'
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 36, No. 49 (Dec. 8-14, 2001), pp. 4580-4588
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4411449
Page Count: 9
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Lagaan has been valorised both in the popular and academic discourse as having subverted the dominant order. This paper argues that such 'innocent' reading not only masks the film's hegemonic appropriation of the subaltern to the elite imaginary, but also participates in it. The contention here is that Lagaan is another symbolic attempt at 'nationalising' the past, an attempt that distorts history beyond recognition. And, more importantly, the 'nation' that is 'imagined' has no place for the subaltern in it.
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