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Cinema: Images and Issues

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Item Code: IDE839
Author: Bhawana Somaaya
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8129103702
Pages: 389 (B & W Illus: 95)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
From the Jacket:

"Whenever I'm asked what I enjoy most about my profession, it does not take me time to respond that I'm here, because I like writing and because I love Hindi cinema. And my job provides me with an opportunity to dabble in both.

Reproduced in the book are fragmented frames of cinema. Some explored as academic study, while some retained as stubborn memories that refuse to fade. The collective images celebrate an undying passion for the fascinating medium.

The concerns for the issues, I admit, came in much later. After one had sufficient exposure and the confidence to disagree and debate. One discovered that same films evoked different responses and interpretations during different decades of growing up. And perhaps that's the essence of cinema. To break illusions and conjure new images. Compiled in the book are some scattered observations and impressions from an editor's notebook."

About the Author:

Bhawana Somaaya began he career in journalism in the late '70s while studying for her BA Degree in Psychology. Commencing with Free Press Journal as chief reporter, she moved to Super as a special correspondent while completing LLB at the Government Law College. In '81 she joined Movie as an assistant editor and was promoted in '85 as its joint editor. In '89 Chitralekha asked her to launch their first English publication g. She is the recipient of 1990's Mahila Shiromani Award. She has contributed columns to Sunday Observer, Afternoon, Janmabhoomi Pravasi, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Pioneer and the Newstime. She has written four books - Amitabh Bachchan - The Legend, published by Macmillan Publishers, New Delhi, Salaam Bollywood by Spantech and Lancers, London, Take -25 by Sambhav Publishers. She is currently the editor of Screen, the film weekly of the Indian Express Group and has recently released her fourth book, The Story So Far published by Indian Express Group.


1. Men Behind Women3
2. Sensuous And Sensitive7
3. Now And Forever11
4. Awards, Theirs And Ours17
5. Changing Perception19
6. The Heroine And Hindi Cinema23
7. Holi Aayee Re27
8. Remembering Bimal Roy31
9. Two Women And A Man37
10. Straight From The Heart39
11. Where Have All The Men Gone? 43
12. Catholics And Cinema47
13. Theatre New And Old 51
14. Changing A Mirage57
15. Husbands Are Oppressed Too59
16. Surviving Mayhem63
17. Summer Of Discontentment 67
18. Albums Must Arouse Curiosity71
19. Lagaan - Picture Perfect75
20. Romancing The Rains77
21. Ready For Change81
22. Trends And Technology85
23. Audience Is The King89
24. Going Solo93
25. Coming Of Age97
26. Echoes Of Torment101
27. Guru-Shishya Bonding103
28. Housing Problems107
29. Navratri In Films113
30. Historical Heroes117
31. Seductive Visuals121
32. Epic Idols125
33. Bravo MAMI129
34. Real Life Stories133
35. Love Is Forgiveness137
36. Forever Friends141
37. National Pride145
38. Freedom Without Abuse149
39. Communicating With The Common Man153
40. Offensive Lyrics157
41. Pride And Prejudice161
42. Testing Time165
43. Breakthroughs167
44. Courting New Sensibilities171
45. On The Global Map175
46. Whose Line Is It Anyway? 179
47. To Abba With Love183
48. Analyze This187
49. Spiderman Rules191
50. Role Models195
51. Time For Debate199
52. Nurturing The Writer 205
53. Immortal Ghalib209
54. Blame It On Promos213
55. Setting New Trends219
56. Joint Families223
57. Magic Is In Novelty227
58. Blame Game233
59. Indian Summer237
60. Second Serve241
61. Cheating On Intentions245
62. They Are Playing My Song249
63. Cries And Whispers253
64. Assembly Line Entertainment257
65. Feel Like A Women261
66. Documenting Superstars 265
67. Cross Of Superstars269
68. The Men Are Back273
69. The Show Goes On...277
70. Shadows Of The Past281
71. The Changing Face Of Love285
72. Waiting To Exhale289
73. Taking Sides293
74. Glamour - Reel To Real297
75. Speculation And Solutions301
76. Misplaced Passions305
77. A Poignant Evening309
78. Et Tu Sahara313
79. Can Strike Be A Solution? 317
80. Melody And Moments321
81. Psychophancy325
82. It's A Man's World329
83. If Tomorrow Comes333
84. Family Function337
85. Fragrant Memories341
86. Farewell Stereotypes345
87. Saturation Point349
88. Breaking The Jinx353
89. God Of Wisdom357
90. Krishna And The Film Hero361
91. We Created A Monster367
92. CAS, An embarrassment371
93. Contrived Morality375
94. Autumn Romance379
95. Once More With Hope383
96. Shift In Audience Choice387

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