The Ustad: Domesticating the Other from With(in/out)

by Anilkumar Payyappilly Vijayan


1. In Malayalam films Valluvandu remains as the 'privileged object of desire.' This little village in Malabar through the aesthetic signs of the films has become the constitutional point of an imagined community devoid of differences: the signals are obvious here; the world order is quasi-feudal and patriarchal, language is Sanskritized version of Malayalam and culture is anti-western and anti-subaltern. This imagined landscape often radiates the vision of a cultured Malayali innocence and contrasts with the evil of the city (western) and the barbarity of the subaltern.

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