PhD Candidate Enakshi Roy presents two papers at AEJMC Conference
Many in the West are familiar with the sprawling 21st century epic, Slumdog Millionaire, which portrays the painstaking triumph of an Indian man whose road to victory on a game show is interlaced with his tale of rising above his rags.
But few among us are familiar with the film’s counterpart in reality, Kaun Banega Crorepati, an immensely popular show based on the British and American versions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
The show whose title is translated as "Who Will Become a Millionaire?" proved to be excellent fodder for the research of Enakshi Roy, a PhD candidate here at Scripps.
Her paper, "Kaun Banega Crorepati: The Indian Gameshow and its Glocalization," is an examination of "how cultural signifiers were used to localize the British gameshow Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? for India."
Ms. Roy’s study of the process of adapting media concepts internationally is compounded by a second paper called "Added in Translation: Adapting Hollywood Movies to Bollywood," which she also presented at the AEJMC conference in Montreal.
The former paper analyzes a sample of episodes through four seasons, identifying specific cultural references such as cricket, Bollywood, Indian history, and mythology or religion, whereas the latter is a direct comparison between Bollywood films and their origins in American cinema.
I looked at Fatal Attraction, Patch Adams, and Mrs. Doubtfire, and compared them to their Indian counterparts.
The leading actor in two of the three films comprising her research committed suicide two days after she presented the paper.