Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 254 pages
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'Bollywood' is the dominant global term to refer to the prolific Hindi language film industry in Bombay (renamed Mumbai in 1995). Characterised by music, dance routines, melodrama, lavish production values and an emphasis on stars and spectacle, Bollywood films have met with box-office success and enthusiastic audiences from India to West Africa to Russia, and throughout the English-speaking world.

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 directors and stars, as well as material from current filmmakers themselves, the areas covered in Bollywood include:

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

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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


The production and distribution of popular Hindi cinema
Key figures in the Bombay film industry
Key films of postindependence Hindi cinema
Reflections and perspectives on Hindi cinema by contemporary Bombay filmmakers
Significant dates and events in the history of Indian cinema
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About the author (2004)

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

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