Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas

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K. Moti Gokulsing, Wimal Dissanayake
Routledge, Apr 17, 2013 - Performing Arts - 473 pages

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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1 Introduction
Historical analysis
Themes and perspectives
The business of Indian cinemas
Cinema halls and audiences

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About the author (2013)

K. Moti Gokulsing is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of East London, UK. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the journal South Asian Popular Culture published by Routledge. His publications include Soft-Soaping India: the world of Indian televised soap operas (2004).

Wimal Dissanayake teaches in the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii, USA. He has published widely on Indian cinema, and is co-editor of Popular Culture in a Globalised India (Routledge 2009) with K. Moti Gokulsing.

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