The Cinematic ImagiNation: Indian Popular Films as Social History (Hardback)Jyotika Virdi (author)
Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 28/02/2003
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India produces more films than any other country in the world and these works are consumed by non-Western cultures in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and by the Indian communities across the world. This text focuses on how such a dominant media configures the ""nation"" in post-Independence Hindi cinema. The author scrutinizes approxiamtely 30 films that have appeared since 1950 and demonstrates how concepts of the nation centre this cinema's moral universe. As a form of storytelling, Indian cinema provides an account of social history and cultural politics, with the family deployed as a symbol of the nation. Virdi demonstrates how Hindi films' portrayal of the nation as a mythical community collapses under the weight of its own contradictions - irreconcilable differences that encompass gender, sexuality, family, class and religious communities.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
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