Indian popular cinema: a narrative of cultural change

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Trentham Books, 1998 - Performing Arts - 151 pages
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This is an engaging introduction to a fascinating national cinema that is little known in the west.It is the first survey both to cover the full range of Indian film -- popular, artistic and regional -- and to provide the historical and cultural dimensions to enable the reader appreciate its distinctive forms.This book offers both general readers and students of film a succinct and informative guide to the key developments, themes, films and figures of Indian film; and the necessary background to understand India and its influences."Bollywood" and India s regional filmmakers produce more films than any other country. While it has remained peripheral to western cinema buffs, Indian popular film wields immense influence as the main form of entertainment enjoyed by Indian audiences and the Indian Diaspora, who represent at least a sixth of the world s population. The authors begin with an overview of the historical development of Indian cinema, its key characteristics and points of distinctiveness; and then explore the themes and concerns which are pertinent to a critical understanding, through discussion of a wide range of films. A key chapter considers how women are represented, and represent themselves, on screen.Covering the nine decades of Indian cinema, their range of reference includes both films which have achieved classic status, such as Mother India, Awaara and Sholay, and the lesser known films which are recognized landmarks in the development of the industry. They equally embrace recent developments and the contributions of British Asian filmmakers.The book includes a glossary of Indian terms.

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The Distinctiveness of Indian Popular Cinema
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