One of the visible tokens of this transformation is Devdas's conversion in 2002 from rusticated student to lawyer and Shekhar's conversion in 2005 from a lawyer to a musician. Evoking strong negative associations of characters identified as legal professionals, recent Bollywood films--far more than Saratchandra's novels or Bimal Roy's 1950s film translations--pit law directly against eros, completing the personification of lawyers as bad lovers.
Yet the negative the judgment of law in the recent Bollywood translations of DEVDAS and PARINEETA remains more nuanced than the vision of law in SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. To be sure, Bollywood deploys stereotypes of lawyers as grasping, manipulative and deceptive. It goes still further in identifying lawyers with a lack of erotic capacity. But such representations subsist in a rich film tradition that provides competing narratives in which law and lawyers can also embody erotic power and serve to restore family harmony and social order.