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Bollywood Cinema Vijay Mishra

Bollywood Cinema By Vijay Mishra

Bollywood Cinema by Vijay Mishra


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Summary

Mishra argues that Indian film production and reception is shaped by the desire for national community and a pan-Indian culture. He examines this through the dual methodologies of postcolonial studies and film theory.

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Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire by Vijay Mishra

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.

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"...the particular strength of Bollywood Cinema, indeed, is the plurality of critical perspectives brought to bear and the author's ability to synthesize them into a coherent whole." -- James Chapman, Film International
"...the book...rewards the reader with provocative ideas on a dozen topics: anticolonial and postcolonial struggles, melodrama, gender roles, patriarchal power, androgyny, gothic style, diaspora, and of course particular movies (like Mother India) and stars (like Amitabh Bachchan)." -- CHOICE, P.H. Stacy, University of Hartford
"A masterly synthesis of existing scholarship on Bombay cinema as well as a timely exploration of the growing importance that this cinema is assuming in the Indian diaspora. . . . an engaging study." -- Sumita Chakravarty, New School University
"Here, finally, is a book on Bollywood that is written for those who have experienced Bollywood as well as those who are strangers to that phenomenon. Mishra's analysis of Bollywood cinema is a considerable one within a handful of such analyses emerging today from within academe. It has in it something for the film historian, the curious newcomer, the fan, and the critic." -- Sonora Jh-Nambiar, Seattle University, Communication Research Trends

About Vijay Mishra

Vijay Mishra is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. He is author of The Gothic Sublime.

Table of Contents

Preface. A Note on Transliteration 1. Inventing Bombay Cinema 2. Melodramatic Staging 3. The Texts of "Mother India" 4. Auteurship and the Lure of Romance 5. The Actor as Parallel Text: Amitabh Bachchan 6. Segmenting/Analyzing Two Foundational Texts 7. Cinema after Ayodhya: The Sublime Object of Fundamentalism 8. Cinema and Diasporic Desire Filmography Photographs Bibliography

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GOR003430994
9780415930154
0415930154
Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire by Vijay Mishra
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2001-12-07
320
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