Studying Indian Cinema

BookStudying Indian Cinema

Studying Indian Cinema



June 30th, 2015

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This book traces the historical evolution of Indian cinema through a number of key decades. The book is made up of 14 chapters with each chapter focusing on one key film, the chosen films analysed in their wider social, political and historical context whilst a concerted engagement with various ideological strands that underpin each film is also evident. In addition to exploring the films in their wider contexts, the author analyses selected sequences through the conceptual framework common to both film and media studies. This includes a consideration of narrative, genre, representation, audience and mise-en-scene. The case studies run chronologically from Awaara (The Vagabond, 1951) to The Elements Trilogy: Water (2005) and include films by such key figures as Satyajit Ray (The Lonely Wife), Ritwick Ghatak (Cloud Capped Star), Yash Chopra (The Wall) and Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!).

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Omar Ahmed is a UK-based scholar and the author of Studying Indian Cinema (Auteur, 2014).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
1. Popular Narratives18
2. Neo-realist Aesthetics40
3. Poetic Fatalism58
4. The trauma of partition76
5. Feminist Concerns94
6. Erotic Spectacle114
7. Parallel Voices134
8. Angry young men152
9. Reality of the dispossessed172
10. Representing Terrorism190
11. Mumbai Noir208
12. Once Upon a Time in India224
13. Revolutionaries240
14. The Elements Trilogy256