Jokes Apart: Critiquing the ‘coloured’ Jokes on Gender and Side Kicks in Malayalam Movies

Keywords : Subaltern Studies, Deconstruction, Gender studies, Film Theory


Human beings’ tendency to bring content in colours can create some contorted concepts in our ‘colorful’ life. Jokes of the characters connected to ones’ gender and sidekicks in the movies convey a deeper political meaning. Caricaturing or calling people in names based on their colour constructs binaries in popular Malayalam movies; the character’s colour of the skin plays a significant role. The relationship between genders, the hero and sidekicks are determined by the colour they possess. Present study aims at assessing the ‘coloured’ jokes centered on gender and sidekicks in select Malayalam movies.


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