Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India Pakistan and The World

Gender, Race, and Spectatorship in Early Indian Cinema

These are the choice of men to play women’s parts, and the use of European or ‘white’ actresses posing as Indian. Both these masquerades can be located in prior theatrical traditions of western India, especially the Parsi theatre. The spectatorial pleasures that such performances divulged will be illustrated through a series of slides from the screen and the stage.

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