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Wanted Cultured Ladies Only!: Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s-1950s (Hardback)
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Wanted Cultured Ladies Only!: Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s-1950s (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 16/10/2009
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Wanted Cultured Ladies Only! maps out the early culture of cinema stardom in India from its emergence in the silent era to the decade after Indian independence in the mid-twentieth century. Neepa Majumdar combines readings of specific films and stars with an analysis of the historical and cultural configurations that gave rise to distinctly Indian notions of celebrity. She argues that discussions of early cinematic stardom in India must be placed in the context of the general legitimizing discourse of colonial \u0022improvement\u0022 that marked other civic and cultural spheres as well, and that \u0022vernacular modernist\u0022 anxieties over the New Woman had limited resonance here. Rather, it was through emphatically nationalist discourses that Indian cinema found its model for modern female identities.


Considering questions of spectatorship, gossip, popularity, and the dominance of a star-based production system, Majumdar details the rise of film stars such as Sulochana, Fearless Nadia, Lata Mangeshkar, and Nargis

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252034329
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm

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