Inform the Design of Indian Cinema Literature Inclusivity for People with Sensory Disabilities

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Parin Somani, Nurbanu Somani


Cinema and literature have always had a very strong association, stemming from a transformation of literary thought into a visual depiction, currently appealing to the masses. They both have the same intention; to make people see. However, this can be difficult when individuals suffer with sensory disabilities particularly hearing and sight impairments. This study aims to evaluate literature on Indian cinema inclusion of individuals with sensory disabilities and to determine what Indian cinematography requires to be all- inclusive. There is a focus on hearing and sight impairments. This was carried out by means of a systematic literature review via a well-planned search. Results have identified that there is a strong relationship between film and literature’s ability to create societal impact and facilitate change. Indian cinema has attempted to shift perceptions and educate society, through films illustrating protagonists with sensory impairments. The Indian Government have approved initiatives to ensure inclusivity within cinemas. However, there is still a stigma attached to sensory disability, resulting in marginalising individuals. Readily available assistive mobile applications, audio descriptions, subtitles and sign language can facilitate change in stigmatised perception towards inclusivity. This is an issue that needs to be overcome within a diverse globalised society.

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Nurbanu Somani, P. S. . (2021). Inform the Design of Indian Cinema Literature Inclusivity for People with Sensory Disabilities. Annals of the Romanian Society for Cell Biology, 25(6), 1290–1296. Retrieved from