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‘Manasa Sarovara’ to ‘Bhinna’: How mental health is stereotyped in Kannada cinema

‘Manasa Sarovara’ to ‘Bhinna’: How mental health is stereotyped in Kannada cinema

OpinionKannada cinema has produced an array of movies depicting conditions ranging from psychosis to personality disorders, yet the representation has only added to the stigma. Sanjana DeshpandeScreengrabEver since the making of the first Kannada film Sati Sulochana in 1934, Sandalwood has come a long way with recent hits like Kgf receiving global recognition. While attempts have been made to explore themes like mental health, the films usually leave the audiences disappointed with their caricature-like portrayal of the same. Even though landmark films have involved psychiatrists in producing and directing the movies, and contributing towards the plot, the films do not bear the desired outcome. Cinema has power over those who consume it and can influence people’s attitudes pertaining to subjects like mental health. Kannada cinema has produced an array of movies depicting conditions ranging from psychosis to personality disorders. Yet, these films have consistently let down the audiences with their

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