Research Scholar under Dr. K P Sudha
Department of English
Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur.
University of calicut
In this paper I make an attempt to analyze the dimensions of female sexuality with reference to the Malayalam film Thoovanathumpikal directed by Pathmarajan. This paper explores how a woman sexualizes her body and how a woman’s body is being sexualized by others for their desire satisfaction. It revolves around the character of Clara, a young beautiful woman who hails from coastal fishermen community. She lives with her alcoholic father and torturing step mother. To be free from the difficulties of her present life, she decides to make use of her ‘body’ which is her ‘self’. She never thinks about her body and bodily process negatively . In the film she appears thrice and each of her appearance provokes the spectators. She celebrates her ‘womanhood’ through her body. At the same time she is being sexualized with a lustful image. Her face, her lips, her eyes, her nose are imaged as an ‘item to be sexualized’ for male gaze. Clara embodies a set of images of female desirability – a sexualized images which emphasizes physical strength and stature. She is figured as romantic interest for the hero. She herself satisfies her desire by celebrating her ‘body’. The male gaze towards female body is explored. The three appearance of Clara adds the three stages of male sexual gaze towards her. Even if she gets tired of her ‘body’, she celebrates it with the politicization of her body. In this film , the image of Clara is to be compensated for the figure of an active heroine by emphasizing her sexuality and her availability within feminine terms.
Key words : Female body ,Male gaze , Sexualisation , Malayalam Cinema