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MAKING A WOMAN FROM A TAWAIF: COURTESANS AS HEROES IN HINDI CINEMA

@inproceedings{Booth2007MAKINGAW,
  title={MAKING A WOMAN FROM A TAWAIF: COURTESANS AS HEROES IN HINDI CINEMA},
  author={G. Booth},
  year={2007}
}
film’s hero (Moti) from the clutches of the villains and from their plans to force her into a life as a courtesan. Having been in their control, however, and having been forced to dance in public as a courtesan, Muni sees her situation as hopeless: ‘The world can turn a woman into a courtesan, but a courtesan can never become a woman.’ The Urdu word, tawaif, which I have translated as courtesan, is defined in at least one Urdu dictionary as “dancing girl, a prostitute; a female singer.” Like… Expand
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