A parallel session took place at three different places. It was the showcase of the research paper done by the students across different years and departments. Twinkle Stanly from 1st year, Media and Communications hosted the parallel session that took place at the auditorium.
The first speaker for the session was Diya Sarah John, student of MA Media and Communication, first year. She went on to speak on the topic ‘Role of Female Protagonists’. Her objectives was to classify the role of protagonists using three movies of 2016 – Dangal, Pink and Neerja.
She started exhibiting her research with the movie ‘Dangal’ and the lead character Geeta Phogat. She used the methods of qualities, appearance, goals, and attitude of people towards her living around in the village. She went on to describe how Geeta looked, how she was and how she broke the stereotype in the village towards women dominating in a male sport. Her second movie was ‘Neerja’ and the main protagonist Neerja Bhanot using the same qualities, same for Pink and its protagonist Minal Arora. She concluded her research giving an overall analysis of the three female characters.
The second speaker for the session was Sharmila Shrikrishna, final year student of Journalism. She spoke on the topic about the Portrayal of Women on Indian TV. Her objective was to classify the roles of the protagonist and the antagonist of the Indian Daily Soap actresses. She described the common qualities of both the protagonist and the antagonist of a TV series. She later gave a literary review using the Agenda Setting Theory and Cultivation Theory of Media Psychology.
According to her research, the Indian TV serials contain 20% of the actual storyline and 80% of the dramatization and the audience consumes all of it. She gave examples of Indian TV shows such as ‘Naagin’, ‘Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, ‘Sasural Simar Ka’ and ‘Kumkum Bhagya’. She analyzed all the four TV shows step by step as to how the protagonist and antagonist perform in the show, later on indicating that there has been an abundance of Antagonists lately in the TV serials, and how people get attached to the antagonists using her qualities to appearances. She concluded her part by analyzing the shows using the TRP.
The third speaker of the session was Rasmiya Assadi. She spoke on the comparison of the Mental Illness between Bollywood and Hollywood. She stated that 98% of Americans and 47% of Indians undergo TV consumptions.
She started her research by describing a mentally ill character in both Hollywood and Bollywood. According to the research, Hollywood character is Psychotic, Serial Killer and is a mainstay in horror movies whereas in Bollywood the character is mainly used for comedy or an obsessive love angle. She furthered her research using two Bollywood and Hollywood movies each (one from 2000-2008 and other 2009-2016 respectively). The movies were – Bollywood: 15 Park Avenue (00-08) and Heroine & in Hollywood: Saw (00-08) and Silver Lining Playbook (09-16). She gave a character analysis, story of the movie and concluded with the overall analysis of the movies one by one.
The fourth speaker of the session was Suchita Ojha. The title of her research was ‘Jokes Apart: Stereotype in Indian Stand-Up Comedy’. The main focus of her research was the use of stereotype and her objective was how comedians use stereotype and satire to gain fame
She used the examples of Kenny Sebastian and Karthik Kumar. She played the videos of Kenny Sebastian’s ‘Middle Class Family Part 1,2, and 3’ and ‘North Indians can speak to anyone’ and broke them down step by step as to what all stereotypes were used in the videos. She also played Karthik Kumar’s ‘North Indians against South Indians’ and broke them down into various points too. She concluded by giving an overall analysis of the stereotype used in general by both the comedians using the term ‘Stereotype’.
The final speaker of the session was Maryam Khan. She spoke on the Impact of Bollywood on the Indian Youth Lifestyle living in the UAE. She introduced her research by giving a brief about Bollywood over the years in different eras. She described the Indian Youth in UAE as Well Educated, Forward and Cultural. Her objective was to identify, interpret and determine the impact of Bollywood.
Written by Ridwan Aman