Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema

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Routledge, 2012 - Social Science - 130 pages

Using an interdisciplinary framework, this book offers a fresh perspective on the issues of diaspora culture and border crossings in the films, popular cultures, and media and entertainment industries from the popular Hindi cinema of India. It analyses and discusses a range of key contemporary films in detail, such as Veer Zaara, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, and Dostana.

The book uses the notion of travel analytically in and through the cinema to comment on films that have dealt with Indo-Pak border crossings, representations of diaspora, and gender and sexuality in new ways. It engages with common sense assumptions about everyday South Asian and diasporic South Asian cultures and representations as expressed in Bollywood cinema in order to look at these issues further. Moving towards an innovative exploration beyond the films, this book charts the circuits and routes of Bollywood as South Asian club cultures in the diaspora, and Hindi cinema entertainment shows around the world, as well as its impact on social media websites. Bollywood Travels is an original and thought provoking contribution to studies on Asian Culture and Society, Sociology, World Cinema, and Film, Media and Cultural Studies.

 

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Contents

studies in Bollywood travels
1
2 Borders and border crossings in Main Hoon Na and Veer Zaara
15
diaspora place and aesthetics in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
28
4 The secret politics are out? The pleasures of gender and sexuality in Dostana
43
5 Haptic urban ethnoscapes and Bollywood popular cultures in the diaspora
62
Hindi cinema entertainment shows
77
7 Conclusion
98
Notes
107
Bibliography
117
Index
124
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Rajinder Dudrah is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. He has researched and published a large number of books on film, media and cultural studies.

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