Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

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Taylor & Francis, Jun 25, 2004 - Performing Arts - 264 pages
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In Bollywood, anthropologist and film scholar Tejaswini Ganti provides a guide to the cultural, social and political significance of Hindi cinema, outlining the history and structure of the Bombay film industry, and the development of popular Hindi filmmaking since the 1930s.

Providing information and commentary on the key players in Bollywood, including composers, directors and stars, as well as material from current filmmakers themselves, the areas covered in Bollywood include:

  • history of Indian cinema
  • main themes and characteristics of Hindi cinema
  • significant films, directors and stars
  • production and distribution of Bollywood films
  • interviews with actors, directors and screenwriters.

Anyone interested in, or studying Bollywood cinema will find this a valuable purchase.

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Review: Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

User Review  - Arpita - Goodreads

Written with academic rigor, Ganti attempts to explain Bollywood on its own terms. She has a discerning eye for the socio-cultural significance of Bollywood cinema and her book neither celebrates nor ... Read full review

Review: Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

User Review  - Manisha Kerai - Goodreads

A nice brief breakdown of Hindi cinema, I found it easy to read and dip into and the recommendations were really good. I would have liked a wider selection of backgrounds to other prominent actors and ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Tejaswini Ganti is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Connecticut College.

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