• Perspectives on Violence on Screen: A Critical Analysis of Seven Samurai and Sholay

    Author(s):
    SHIPRA GUPTA SWATI SAMANTARAY
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Digital Humanists, Film-Philosophy, Film Studies, Information Ecosystems, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Motion pictures, Indic, Motion pictures and history, Violence, Collective behavior
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Bandits, guns, mercenaries, revenge, samurai, swords, Indian cinema, Film and history, Art journaling
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/256a-nr31
    Abstract:
    This paper traces the portrayal of violence in cinema through the ages taking into consideration two films from two disparate countries and cultures - the Japanese Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa and its remake, the Indian blockbuster Sholay by Ramesh Sippy which was set in two different eras. This paper critiques the representation of violence in the two films and the reasons that led the films to become blockbuster hits. It takes into account the technical innovations used during the making and the resultant effect it had on the spectators. It also discusses the aspects which show that they are similar yet different from each other. Although Sholay has taken inspiration from Seven Samurai, its aggressive, dominant villain Gabbar is a well-rounded character and light has been thrown on his sadistic means. The samurai’s Bushido code of combat has been discussed concerning Kambei and the other samurai and how they remain loyal to it until the very end.
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    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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