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Pal’s research on disability in cinema featured by The Wire

Featured in The Wire. Associate professor Joyojeet Pal. Making disability a joke is neither comedy nor art.

Wednesday, 12/13/2023

“Aankh Micholi,” a new comedy film that debuted in India in November, is receiving criticism for its portrayal of people with disabilities. 

In a review, “Making Disability a Joke is Neither Comedy nor Art,” Shashank Pandey criticizes the film’s employment of disabilities for comedic purposes. Research by University of Michigan School of Information associate professor of information Joyojeet Pal, an expert on politics, social media and society in India, is featured in the review. 

Pandey writes about Pal’s paper “Physical Disability and Indian Cinema.

“[Pal] underlines four trends in Indian films: first, disability as punitive; second, disability as dependence; third, disability as disequilibrium and fourth, disability as maladjustment,” Pandey writes. 

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Read “Making Disability a Joke Is Neither Comedy Nor Art” on The Wire. 

Learn more about associate professor of information Joyojeet Pal by visiting his UMSI faculty profile