Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 254 pages

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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nice overview of Bollywood, the hindi film industry.

Contents

Introduction
1
The production and distribution of popular Hindi cinema
53
Key figures in the Bombay film industry
91
Key films of postindependence Hindi cinema
137
Reflections and perspectives on Hindi cinema by contemporary Bombay filmmakers
173
Significant dates and events in the history of Indian cinema
205
Suggestions for further reading
222
Notes
227
Bibliography
238
Index
242
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About the author (2004)

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

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