Archetype Analysis of the Cinematic Representation of Rajinikanth, the Tamil Film Hero

R. Rama Prabha


The tropes used by Rajinikanth, the famous Indian Tamil film hero in his films Baasha to Kaala, were analyzed in this research paper. Carl Gustav Jung’s archetypes were used to analyze the heroic representation. The cinematic representation of Rajinikanth in these movies is deliberate and purposeful. He used dual archetypes to attract the attention of the audience. Erel Shallit’s Enemy, Cripple and Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path is used as a model to analyze the archetype adopted by Rajinikanth in his films Baasha to Kaala. He was able to gain political leverage through these depictions. 


Tropes, Carl Gustav Jung, Archetypes, Cinematic representation, Erel Shallit, Enemy, Beggar & Cripple archetypes

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