Argues that Indian film production and reception is shaped by the desire for national community and a pan-Indian culture linking their form and content to broader issues of national identity, epic tradition, popular culture, history, and the implications of diaspora.
Focus on the development of Bombay-based commercial cinema since 1913, exploring the symbolic role of settings and costumes in staging the nation and the function of makeup and hairstyles in defining notions of beauty, sexuality, and consumption.
Eye-catching song and dance sequences, colourful imagery and glamourous costumes are just some of the factors that create the distinctive style of a Bollywood film. The book charts the historical, political and cultural changes experienced by the country, as seen through the eyes of the Bollywood film industry.
Examines the role and depiction of religion in Indian cinema, showing that the relationship between the modern and the traditional in contemporary India is not exotic, but part of everyday life.
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With a backdrop of religious violence and escalating regional tensions in South Asia, probes the urgent topic of secularism and tolerance in Indian culture and life. Explores Partition as the founding trauma of the Indian nation-state and traces the consequences of its marking off of "Indian" from "Pakistani" and the positioning of Indian Muslims as strangers within the nation.
The experiences of British colonialism in Ireland and India are marked by many commonalities that display several parallels in their expressions and contestations of visions of Empire and national identity.
BExploring the nature of mainstream Hindi cinema, examines its nonrealistic depictions of everyday life in India and what it reveals about Indian society. Showing how escapism and entertainment function in Bollywood cinema.