Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas

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K. Moti Gokulsing, Adjunct Fellow East-West Center Hawaii Scholar in Residence Wimal Dissanayake, Wimal Dissanayake
Routledge, Apr 17, 2013 - Performing Arts - 486 pages
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India is the largest film producing country in the world and its output has a global reach. After years of marginalisation by academics in the Western world, Indian cinemas have moved from the periphery to the centre of the world cinema in a comparatively short space of time. Bringing together contributions from leading scholars in the field, this Handbook looks at the complex reasons for this remarkable journey.

Combining a historical and thematic approach, the Handbook discusses how Indian cinemas need to be understood in their historical unfolding as well as their complex relationships to social, economic, cultural, political, ideological, aesthetic, technical and institutional discourses. The thematic section provides an up-to-date critical narrative on diverse topics such as audience, censorship, film distribution, film industry, diaspora, sexuality, film music and nationalism.

The Handbook provides a comprehensive and cutting edge survey of Indian cinemas, discussing Popular, Parallel/New Wave and Regional cinemas as well as the spectacular rise of Bollywood. It is an invaluable resource for students and academics of South Asian Studies, Film Studies and Cultural Studies.

  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Historical analysis
5
Themes and perspectives
177
The business of Indian cinemas
325
Cinema halls and audiences
375
Index
431
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About the author (2013)

K. Moti Gokulsing is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of East London. He co-edits the journal "South Asian Popular Culture" and is the author of the acclaimed "Indian Popular Cinema", also published by Trentham.

Wimal Dissanayake is Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Centre, Hawaii and founding editor of the "East-West Film Journal".