Bollywood Cinema

Author: Vijay Mishra
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135310920
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India is home to Bollywood - the largest film industry in the world. Movie theaters are said to be the "temples of modern India," with Bombay producing nearly 800 films per year that are viewed by roughly 11 million people per day. In Bollywood Cinema, Vijay Mishra argues that Indian film production and reception is shaped by the desire for national community and a pan-Indian popular culture. Seeking to understand Bollywood according to its own narrative and aesthetic principles and in relation to a global film industry, he views Indian cinema through the dual methodologies of postcolonial studies and film theory. Mishra discusses classics such as Mother India (1957) and Devdas (1935) and recent films including Ram Lakhan (1989) and Khalnayak (1993), linking their form and content to broader issues of national identity, epic tradition, popular culture, history, and the implications of diaspora.

Bedeutung und Funktion der Mythen im Film Indiens Analyse ausgew hlter Beispiele

Author: Cornelia Wurzinger
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638680185
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Diplomarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Film und Fernsehen, Note: sehr gut, Universitat Wien (Institut fur Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaften), 70 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Anmerkungen: Diese Arbeit mochte zwei Mythologien, die in Indien omniprasent sind, auf einen Nenner bringen: Zum einen die alten Mythen aus dem Ramayana und Mahabharata und zum anderen die Mythen, die die Filme hervorbringen und die in der Vorstellungswelt Indiens einen ahnlichen Status besitzen. Mythologische Material soll als Einfluss auf Geschichten und Narration der Filme und als Schlussel zur Interpretation gezeigt werden. Auch die Manipulation mythologischen Materials fur politische Zwecke wird thematisiert, Abstract: In der vorliegenden Arbeit sollen zwei Themengebiete vereint werden, die einen wichtigen Bestandteil der Kultur Indiens ausmachen: Auf der einen Seite die uralten Mythen des Landes, die vor allem aus dem Ramayana und Mahabharata stammen und fest im Kulturgut verankert sind, und auf der anderen Seite die popularen Hindifilme, deren Stoffe mitunter bereits einen ganz ahnlichen Status besitzen und deren Helden und Geschichten selbst zu einer neuen Art der Mythologie geworden sind und bisweilen ins allgemeine Gedankengut ubergehen. Der Kult um die Filmstars ist in Indien derart ubermachtig und allgegenwartig, dass dieser Vergleich durchaus gerechtfertigt scheint. Die Gotter der Leinwand sind omniprasent und uberlebensgross blicken sie den Menschen auf Indiens Strassen von riesigen Plakatwanden entgegen. Die Mythologie Indiens soll als omniprasente kulturelle Konstante gezeigt werden, die in der Gedankenwelt Indiens fest verankert ist. Im Film gibt es eine Reihe von Charakteristika, deren Einfluss aus der Welt der indischen Mythologie stammt. Diese Einflusse sollen in Folge erlautert und an Filmbeispielen analysiert werden. Obwohl das Genre des mythologischen Films in den funfziger Jahren des zwanzigsten Jahrhund

Travels of Bollywood Cinema

Author: Anjali Gera Roy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199088624
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From Bombay (Mumbai) and other production centres on the Indian subcontinent, Indian popular cinema has travelled globally for nearly a century, culminating in the Bollywood-inspired, Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. This volume brings together perspectives on Indian popular cinema, universally known as Bollywood now, from different disciplinary and geographical locations to look afresh at national cinemas. It shows how Bollywood cinema has always crossed borders and boundaries: from the British Malaya, Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, and East and South Africa to the former USSR, West Asia, the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia. While looking at the meanings of nation, diaspora, home, and identity in cinematic texts and contexts, the essays also examine how localities are produced in the new global process by broadly addressing nationalism, regionalism, and transnationalism, politics and aesthetics, as well as spectatorship and viewing contexts.

Hindi Cinema

Author: Nandini Bhattacharya
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136189874
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Hindi Cinema is full of instances of repetition of themes, narratives, plots and characters. By looking at 60 years of Hindi cinema, this book focuses on the phenomenon as a crucial thematic and formal code that is problematic when representing the national and cinematic subject. It reflects on the cinema as motivated by an ongoing crisis of self-formation in modern India. The book looks at how cinema presents liminal and counter-modern identities emerging within repeated modern attempts to re-enact traumatic national events so as to redeem the past and restore a normative structure to happenings. Establishing structure and event as paradigmatic poles of a historical and anthropological spectrum for the individual in society, the book goes on to discuss cinematic portrayals of violence, gender embodiment, religion, economic transformations and new globalised Indianness as events and sites of liminality disrupting structural aspirations. After revealing the impossibility of accurate representation of incommensurable and liminal subjects within the historiography of the nation-state, the book highlights how Hindi cinema as an ongoing engagement with the nation-state as a site of eventfulness draws attention to the problematic nature of the thematic of nation. It is a useful study for academics of Film Studies and South Asian Culture.

Bollywood and Globalization

Author: Rini Bhattacharya Mehta
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 0857288970
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This book is a collection of incisive articles on the interactions between Indian Popular Cinema and the political and cultural ideologies of a new post-Global India.


Author: Kush Varia
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231502605
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While we have become familiar with the idea of "Bollywood" here in the West, we know little about the industry's films beyond a certain celebration of kitsch. Bollywood, the latest in Wallflower Press's Short Cuts introductory series, surveys this style of filmmaking from its origins in colonial times to the present, tracing its impact on both the Indian and global imagination. Chapters explore the history and workings of the industry, the narratives and aesthetics of its films, varieties within the genre, the cultural connotations of specific characters, its larger-than-life stars, and its hybrid and surprising fan cultures. Readings of popular and widely available films illustrate the importance of the cinema's conventions, which range from romantic clichés to a constant negotiation between tradition and modernity.

Reframing Bollywood

Author: Ajay Gehlawat
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
ISBN: 813210594X
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This book combines multiple theoretical approaches to provide a fresh perspective on Bollywood-just as a Bollywood film that transgresses multiple genres-and challenges the homogenizing tendencies in much of the ongoing scholarship in the area. It covers five areas of controversial theorization: the religious frame, the musical frame, the subaltern frame, the (hetero) sexual frame and the 'crossover' frame. By deconstructing each of these hegemonic paradigms, it reshapes the understanding of a Bollywood film and restructures its relationships with multiple disciplines including film and theatre studies, postcolonial studies, South Asian studies, queer studies, and transnational studies. This fusion is also representative of the larger objective of this work, namely, to destabilize Bollywood's position within any one sphere of reference and, instead, to illuminate how several realms of meaning are at play in its construction. The aim in doing so is to demonstrate how a variety of critical methodologies can enable a more comprehensive reading of the films making up this corpus.

Cinemas of the World

Author: James Chapman
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861895747
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The cinema has been the pre-eminent popular art form of the 20th century. In Cinemas of the World, James Chapman examines the relationship between film and society in the modern world: film as entertainment medium, film as a reflection of national cultures and preoccupations, film as an instrument of propaganda. He also explores two interrelated issues that have recurred throughout the history of cinema: the economic and cultural hegemony of Hollywood on the one hand, and, on the other, the attempts of film-makers elsewhere to establish indigenous national cinemas drawing on their own cultures and societies. Chapman examines the rise to dominance of Hollywood cinema in the silent and early sound periods. He discusses the characteristic themes of American movies from the Depression to the end of the Cold War especially those found in the western and film noir – genres that are often used as vehicles for exploring issues central to us society and politics. He looks at national cinemas in various European countries in the period between the end of the First World War and the end of the Second, which all exhibit the formal and aesthetic properties of modernism. The emergence of the so-called "new cinemas" of Europe and the wider world since 1960 are also explored. "Chapman is a tough-thinking, original writer . . . an engaging, excellent piece of work."—David Lancaster, Film and History