Dr. Minakshi Dutta Key Note Speaker INFES- 2019

Dr. Minakshi Dutta

Assistant Professor

Department of Cultural Studies, Assam Women’s University

Jorhat, Assam, India

Title of presentation: Body that Matters: Menaka’s Revenge in Saikia’s Agnisnan


During third wave feminism representation of woman in cinema was highly criticized by the scholars. According to them in cinema women are codified as an object of desire through camera and lighting. However, a group of filmmakers attempted to construct a different image of woman by engaging her in some counter activities. This type of film making was known as counter cinema. In this article an attempt has been made to analyze Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s Agnisnan from the lens of counter cinema.


Dr. Minakshi Dutta is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies, Assam Women’s University, Jorhat, Assam. She did her PhD on the films of Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia from the Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University, Assam. She published articles in different national and international journals like Sage journal of Creative Communications, Cinej Cinema Journals etc. She published two books on Assamese cinema namely – Eight Glorious Decades of Assamese Cinema and Serious Trends in Assamese Cinema. She is also a member of FIPRESCI, India.