Performing (Dis)ability: Explorations in Literature, Theatre and Cinema


  • Aakash Sharma Department of English, Kirori Mal College



Disability, Literature and Cinema, Cathedral, Black, Andhadhun.


The most fundamental relationship in a universe divided into numerous categories and subgroups is anchored in the corporeality of human life. The social hierarchy is mostly determined by how someone behaves and fulfils his job in society. This "norm" of the human condition results from ableist normative discourses dating back hundreds of years. In the Rāmāyana, Shravana Kumara is revered as the torchbearer of filial piety towards his parents, who were both blind hermits; they depended on their son’s dedication to fulfilling their life’s end goal. Black from 2005 is frequently considered a turning point in Indian cinema since it depicts a handicap narrative quite well. A bildungsroman about Michelle McNally (Rani Mukherjee), who loses her sight and hearing as a young girl, the movie features Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee in the pivotal roles. While Michelle's condition and how she deals with it to move forward in life is the film's central topic, other undertones may be seen in how it portrays a disabled female kid. Every opportunity should be considered when casting a disabled actor to actualize the representation of disabled persons in the arts and film. Radical measures must be taken, including reviewing the casting procedures and introducing audition venues suitable for performers with disabilities. Disabled students and staff members should be actively encouraged to participate in schools and institutions.


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How to Cite

Aakash Sharma , translator. “Performing (Dis)ability: Explorations in Literature, Theatre and Cinema”. Creative Saplings, vol. 1, no. 06, Sept. 2022, pp. 19-25,

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