For this essay, you have a choice of theme- or conflict-related topics, which I’

For this essay, you have a choice of theme- or conflict-related topics, which I’ve offered you below in bold. No matter which you choose, you will want to address your selected topic vis-a-vis at least two (2) of the following three (3) films: (Mother India, Sholay (Flames, dir. Ramesh Sippy, 1975), and/or Coolie (dir.Manmohan Desai, 1983).)
Mother India Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0qTPjUkR6I
To analyze the films persuasively on the basis of your selected theme/conflict, you will need to make reference to at least one (1) of the assigned readings (see my recommendations below), as well as at least one (1) relevant, outside scholarly source of your own choosing:
1. Indian concept of izzat/laaj (honor or chastity) with respect to women and the nation
Here, you will be best aided by Rosie Thomas’ essay “Sanctity and Scandal: The Mythologization of Mother India,” as well as portions of Madhuja Mukherjee’s “The Singing Cowboys: Sholay and the Significance of (Indian) Curry Westerns within Post-Colonial Narratives”
2. Upholding patriarchal and/or communal societal structures
Here, too, you will be best aided by Thomas’s “Sanctity and Scandal: The Mythologization of. Mother India, and Mukherjee’s “The Singing Cowboys: Sholay and the Significance of (Indian) Curry Westerns within Post-Colonial Narratives”
3. The star persona
Consider VIjay Mishra’s “The Actor as Parallel Text: Amitabh Bachchan,” as well as Thomas’s “Sanctity and Scandal: The Mythologization of Mother India”
4. Breakdown of the law and the arrival of new villainy
Consider Thomas’s “Sanctity and Scandal: The Mythologization of Mother India,” as well as Ashis Nandy’s “Indian Popular Cinema as a Slum’s Eye View of Politics”
5. Hindu and Islamicate influences
Here, Mukul Kesavan’s “Urdu, Awadh, and the Tawaif: The Islamicate Roots of Hindi Cinema” will serve you well, alongside Thomas’s “Sanctity and Scandal: The Mythologization of Mother India”
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Once again, the success of your analysis will depend on the depth and keen eye with which you assess your theme or conflict as it plays out in the films. How to do so most effectively? Make sure, as last time, that your essay is thesis-driven, with an introduction that leads seamlessly to your thesis statement; with the paragraphs in the body of your essay dedicated to proving one sub-topic connected to that thesis; and with a conclusion that steps out of that body’s analysis to consider why what you just made your readers read ought to matter to them.
Additionally, provide substantive concrete evidence from both the essay(s) and the film(s) — e.g., quotes from the essay, descriiptions from the films. And don’t go merely for the obvious: look for some of the more subtle ways the films may be operating.
Finally, quote material accordingly (best is to use signal phrases); provide in-text citations for all borrowed material, as well as a Works Cited page that follows MLA style.

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