Travels of Bollywood Cinema: From Bombay to LA

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Anjali Gera Roy, Chua Beng Huat
OUP India, Feb 2, 2012 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
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The book examines the historical and spatial flows of Indian popular cinema from Bombay (Mumbai) and other production centres on the Indian subcontinent to different spaces of consumption for nearly a century culminating in the Bollywood-inspired-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Bringing together essays by eminent scholars of anthropology, history, and cultural, media, communication, and film studies, this volume shows that Bollywood cinema has always crossed borders and boundaries. The book argues that Bollywood has had a century-long history of travelling to the British Malaya, Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, East and South Africa with the old diasporas, and with and without the new diasporas to the former USSR, West Asia, the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia. It brings together perspectives on Indian cinema from different disciplinary and geographical locations to re-conceptualize the understanding of national cinemas. The book looks at the meaning of nation, diaspora, home, and identity in cinematic texts and contexts, and examines the ways in which localities are produced in the new global process by broadly addressing nationalism, regionalism, and transnationalism, politics and aesthetics, and spectatorship and viewing contexts.

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About the author (2012)

Anjali Gera Roy is Professor in the Department of Humanities amd Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Chua Beng Huat is concurrently Leader of the Cultural Studies in Asia Research Cluster, Convenor, PhDProgramme in Cultural Studies in Asia, and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.

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