dishoom india



India hosts the world's  largest youth population (aged 15-25) yet little is known about their social and imaginative worlds. 


Too often cultural examples from the global south are seen through a western or Eurocentric lens. This film and  event enables an appreciation of Indian comic books and youth cultures on their own terms in conversation with other cultural trends on an equal footing as part of connected yet culturally distinctive communities. It provides a fascinating lens to consider the cultural outputs of an emerging Asian power. 


This film  draws upon anthropological and comic studies research that informs the book,  Adventure Comics and Youth Cultures in India  by Raminder Kaur and Saif Eqbal (Routledge, 2018). 

Excerpts from the book and article

A film by Tarun Jasani and Raminder Kaur


London premier at: 

The Space, RSA on 7 November 2019: BOOK HERE

Pinter Studio, QMUL on 8 November 2019:  BOOK HERE


Including Post screening panel discussion with Ashwani Sharma, Richard Reynolds, Tarun Jasani with virtual connection to Saif Eqbal and chaired by Rez Kabir. 

The film and panel is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science; and supported by Raj Comics, Diamond Comics, University of Sussex Asia Centre, Sohaya Visions, Inward Arts, Mukul and Ghetto Tigers, Tamarind Theatre, A Season of Bangla Drama, Megan McMichael at University of Sussex, and Christopher Pinney at University College London.