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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List of illustrations
An essay in film history
The Indian New Wave
Sharmistha Gooptu
Manoj Barpujari
Shyamhari Chakra
Amrit Gangar
Amrit Gangar
Trends in Hindi film music with special reference to socioeconomic and political
Music in mainstream Indian cinema
In and out of the
The fictions of science and cinema in India
Deconstructing an incongruity
Advertising and marketing of Indian cinema
The changing landscape

Meena T Pillai
K Raghavendra
S Theodore Baskaran
Joe Christopher
Ratnakar Tripathy
Prabhjot Parmar
The evolution of representing female sexuality in Hindi cinema 19912010
Queer times in Bollywood
Negotiating national and transnational cultural
The shifting terrains of nationalism and patriotism in Indian cinemas
Technology and hybridization in Hindi film songs
Corporatization and the Hindi film industry
Acknowledging property rights
Documentary film and
Active audiences and the experience of cinema
Hindi film audiences outside South Asia
The case of the multiplex
Social networking and virtual communities in the Hindi film context

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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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