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Pitied and desexualised: How Malayalam cinema has portrayed people with disability

MollywoodRarely are the characters portrayed as people with feelings just like everyone else, especially when it comes to romance and enjoying life.Neelima MenonDifference and diversity - physical, neurological, mental - have never been accepted wholeheartedly by our society. Even the most privileged of us have to conform to bodily ‘norms’ and ‘normality’. This being the case, the depiction of persons with disabilities has been consistently below par in Malayalam cinema. Disability depictions often vacillate between a comic interlude, underplayed heroism, liability and burden. It’s also wrongly projected as a medical problem that can be fixed through Ayurveda, occult powers or even plain miracles when the truth is that disability is an irreversible condition that can be reversed only if it is diagnosed earlier. No, an alien cannot cure a disability like it is shown in Koi Mil Gaya. Rarely are the characters portrayed as people with feelings just like everyone else,

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