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ContentsIntroduction...................................................................................................................3Queer Theory................................................................................................................4Culture, Gender and Sexuality.....................................................................................4Post Colonial Identity....................................................................................................6Hyrid Identity.................................................................................................................8Thatcherism and the Politicl Scenario........................................................................10Conclusion..................................................................................................................12References.................................................................................................................132
IntroductionMy Beautiful Launderette is a 1985, Hanif Kuereishi British film, set in Thatcher’sBritain depicting the interaction between the Pakistani and British communities.However, it addresses poignant issues of importance like gender identity,homosexuality, precolonial identity, Thatcherism and queer theory among others.The movie can best be described as a hybrid film that questions the ‘black identity’as per the pre-colonial definition, tries to bring about the interrelation between ethnicand class differences through the main protagonist, Omar. The movie is an attemptto examine the societal construct and cultural identity in Britain under Thatcher. Thetwo generations (Omar and his father) give a comparative analysis of pre-colonialand post-colonial identity of the immigrants. Stemming from the undertones ofhomosexuality, it also attempts to depict how the commendations pertaining tointerpellation in the South Asian queer diaspora of Britain under Thatcher areresisted. As labelled by Cameron Bailey, films of this kind could be referred to as‘cinema of duty’ as it tries to tranquilize the negative portrayal of ‘Blacks’ by ‘Whites’.Through his depictions, Hanif tries to understand the hegemonic discussions relatedto identity formation while focusing on alterations in the desires and sexuality withinthe societal and cultural bounds of Britain, intentionally attempting to include thepolitically and socially disenfranchised section of the society, here, the marginalizedSouth Asian diaspora. Such readings make us revisit identity as something dynamicand constantly evolving which is difficult to bind in categories.The essay will try to address how identity-cultural, social, sexual instigateresponsibility, pre-colonial identity of the marginalized and Thatcherism and queertheory as depicted inMy Beautiful Launderette.3
Queer theoryQueer theory is an ideology based upon the thinking of non-fixation of identities.Identities do not determine who we are! To assume that an individual can bedescribed on the basis of one characteristic is absurd and hence it does not makeany sense to call someone a ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Thus, queer theory questions thestatus quo and challenges the set notions of the society. Queerness likewisechallenges well known national representations and consequently national lucidness,in the event that we consider that the country in it its plans for citizenship, work andso on benefits. Queerness is like a diaspora space, a middle space which is notbounded by a nation or even the world.[ CITATION Wil13 \l 1033 ]The movie is laying emphasis on the South Asian gay diaspora, which assumes thatSouth Asians in general are homophobic and that westerners are more tolerant ofsuch deviating sexualities. So, to a south Asian queer a western refuge is likewelcoming into an acceptable world. Thus, this diaspora space makes him feelcomfortable in his own skin. As can be seen in the movie, the protagonist Omar doesnot feel self-hate and he is neither concerned about his ethnicity. He is pretty muchcomfortable being a British and gay. The characters are seen challenging the sexualand racial identities through the relationship between Johnny and Omar.Culture, Genderand SexualityKureishi, throughMy Beautiful Launderettehas attempted to challenge theprejudices that exist in every culture. He has used sexuality as the instrument tohighlight these pre conceived socio-cultural notions. The homosexual relationshipbetween Omar and Johnny paves way for the distinct path than conceived by theircultures, societies and families. Their relationship is shown to be unacceptable to4
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