Bollyworld: Popular Indian Cinema through a Transnational Lens

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Item Code: IDE830
Author: Editors: Raminder Kaur & Ajay J. Sinha
Publisher: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0761933212
Pages: 343 (Color Illus: 17, B & W Illus: 12)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 440 gm
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From the Jacket:

Popular Indian cinema is clearly a worldwide phenomenon. But what often gets overlooked in this celebration is this cinema's intricate relationship with global dynamics since its very inception in the 1890s. With contributions from a range of international scholars, this volume analyses the transnational networks of India's popular cinema in terms of its production, narratives and reception.

The first section of the book, Topographies, concentrates on the globalised audio-visual economies within which the technologies and aesthetics of India's commercial cinema developed. Essays here focus on the iconic roles of actors like Devika Rani and Fearless Nadia, film-makers such as D.G. Phalke and Baburao Painter, the film Sant Tukaram, and aspects of early cinematography.

The second section, Trans-Actions, argues that the 'national fantasy' of Indian commercial cinema is an unstable construction. Essays here concentrate on the conversations between Indian action movies of the 1970s and other genres of action and martial arts films; the features of post-liberalisation Indian films designed to meet the needs of an 'imagined' global audience in the 1990s; and the changing metaphor of 'the vamp' as portrayed through desirous women in films with examples of the Anglo-Asian, the westernized Indian woman of 'low character', and the contemporary figure of the 'heroine'.

The final section, Travels, focuses on the overseas reception of Indian cinema with ethnographic case studies from Germany, Guyana, the USA, South Africa, Nigeria and Britain. The contributors highlight various issues concerning modernity, racial/ethnic identity, the gaze of the 'mainstream Other', gender, hybridity, moral universes, and the articulation of desire and disdain.

Overall, this volume provides valuable insights into a subject of immense historical and contemporary importance. It will attract a wide readership among those involved in film/media studies, cultural studies and anthropology.

About the Editors:

Raminder Kaur is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex.

Ajay J. Sinha is Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Film Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College, USA.


List of Illustrations7
1.Bollyworld: An Introduction to Popular Indian Cinema through a Transnational Lens
Raminder Kaur and Ajay J. Sinha


2.Not Quite (Pearl) White: Fearless Nadia, Queen of the Stunts
Rosie Thomas
3.Figures of Locality and Tradition: Commercial Cinema and the Networks of Visual Print Capitalism in Mahashtra
Kajri Jain
4.Icons and Events: Reinventing Visual Construction in Cinema in India
Gayatri Chatterjee
5.Reflected Readings in Available Light: Cameramen in the Shadows of Hindi Cinema
Shuddhabrata Sengupta


6.Sexuality, Sensuality and Belonging: Representations of the 'Anglo-Indian' and the 'Western' Woman in Hindi Cinema
Geetanjali Gangoli
7.'Fight Club': Aesthetics, Hybridisation and the Construction of Rogue Masculinities in Sholay and Deewaar
Koushik Banerjea
8.The Consumable Hero of Globalised India
Sudhanva Deshpande


9.The Scattered Homelands of the Migrant: Bollyworld through the Diasporic Lens
Christiane Brositus
10.In Search of the Diasporic Self: Bollywood in South Africa
Thomas Blom Hansen
11.Belonging and Respect Notions vis-à-vis Modern East Indians: Hindi Movies in the Guyanese East Indian Diaspora
Narmala Halstead
12.Bandiri Music, Globalisation and Urban Experience in Nigeria
Brian Larkin
13.Cruising on the Vilayeti Bandwagon: Diasporic Representations and Reception of Popular Indian Movies
Raminder Kaur
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