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Cinema, Architecture and Domesticity: The Filmic House in Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Piya ka Ghar’

Authors:

Smita DalviIndustrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay MES Pillai College of Architecture, Navi Mumbai

Keywords:

Filmic House, Lived Space, Domesticity, Chawls, Human Behaviour

Abstract:

This paper explores the intersection of cinema and architecture to analyse the Filmic House in Hindi film Piya Ka Ghar (Dir. Basu Chatterjee, 1972). It deploys Environment-Behaviour Studies for film interpretation to make readings about the unique habitability and domesticity of chawls, a residential typology evolved in Bombay for communal living in a dense urban situation. The central premise of the film is constructed around the spatial anxieties faced by a young bride having grown up in a spacious village house when she arrives at her new marital home, a single room chawl tenement that is home to five other people besides her husband, and is always overrun by chawl friends…

URL:

https://cs.chitkara.edu.in/index.php/cs/article/view/162/142

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