Reframing Bollywood: Theories of Popular Hindi Cinema

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SAGE Publications, Jul 13, 2010 - Performing Arts - 192 pages
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This book combines multiple theoretical approaches to provide a fresh perspective on Bollywood—just as a Bollywood film that transgresses multiple genres—and challenges the homogenizing tendencies in much of the ongoing scholarship in the area. It covers five areas of controversial theorization: the religious frame, the musical frame, the subaltern frame, the (hetero) sexual frame and the ‘crossover’ frame. By deconstructing each of these hegemonic paradigms, it reshapes the understanding of a Bollywood film and restructures its relationships with multiple disciplines including film and theatre studies, postcolonial studies, South Asian studies, queer studies, and transnational studies.

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Ajay Gehlawat is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University, the US. Previously, he also taught at the City University of New York and at Pratt Institute, New York, the US. He is the author of numerous articles on contemporary issues in film studies, postcolonial theory and popular culture.

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