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Dark Fear, Eerie CitiesNew Hindi Cinema in Neoliberal India$
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Šarūnas Paunksnis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199493180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199493180.001.0001

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Haunting and Uncanny Cities of Neoliberal India

Haunting and Uncanny Cities of Neoliberal India

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Dark Fear, Eerie Cities

Šarūnas Paunksnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the concept of the uncanny vis-à-vis the cultural developments in post-liberalization India, specifically looking at the urban developments and the emergence of shopping mall culture. What many of the new Hindi cinema films share is the feeling of the uncanny and this, Freudian concept, is one of the central ones in this book. In unpacking these questions, the chapter looks at some of the recent horror films that represent the haunted spaces of contemporary urban India—Raat, Bhoot, Darr @ The Mall and Phobia most importantly. The chapter argues that the haunted space of a shopping mall or a luxury apartment building or gated community illustrates the insecurity the new middle classes feel in a new urban and social environment. At the same time the figure of a ghost emerges as history repressed by the neoliberal spatial reconfiguration.

Keywords:   uncanny, Freud, horror, shopping mall, ghost, spectre

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