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City Flicks: Indian Cinema and the Urban Experience

City Flicks: Indian Cinema and the Urban Experience

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By (author) Preben Kaarsholm

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Hardback $94.50
  • Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 234mm x 21mm | 450g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Greenford
  • ISBN 10: 1905422369
  • ISBN 13: 9781905422364
  • Sales rank: 1,442,300

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The relationship between cinema and modernity in the Indian context is both complex and multifaceted. In this volume, some of the leading names in film and cultural studies explore its many dimensions. The essays range from discussions of urbanity and film language to realism and the Indian city in Bengali film of the 1940s; from the cultural resonances of popular Hindi film songs and the idea of the 'city' to realism and fantasy in cinematic representations of metropolitan Indian life; from cinematic aspects of Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" to genre, narrative form and film style in contemporary Indian urban action films; from the complexities of female spectatorship to an analysis of the current primacy of Bollywood; and finally, to the cultural impact and influence of Indian cinema on audiences outside India.

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Preben Kaarsholm is Associate Professor in International Development Studies, Roskilde University.

Table of contents

Introduction - Unreal City: Cinematic Representation, Globalization and the Ambiguities of Metropolitan Life, Preben Kaarsholm1. Urban Legends: Notes on a Theme in Early Film History, Peter Larsen2. The City and the Real: Chhinnamul and the Left Cultural Movement in the 1940s, Moinak Biswas3. Reading a Song of the City: Images of the City in Literature and Films, Sudipta Kaviraj4. Realism and Fantasy in Representations of Metropolitan Life in Indian Cinema, M. Madhava Prasad5. A Close-Up on Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Martin Zerlang6. The Bollywoodization of the Indian Cinema: Cultural Nationalism in a Global Arena, Ashish Rajadhyaksha:7. Chalo Jahaji: Bollywood in the Tracks of Indenture to Globalization, Manas Ray8. Colonialism and the Built Space of Cinema in Nigeria, Brian Larkin9. The Politics of Urban Segregation and Indian Cinema in Durban, Vashna Jagarnath10. The Exhilaration of Dread: Genre, Narrative Form and Film Style in Contemporary Urban Action Films, Ravi S. Vasudevan11. Vigilantism and the Pleasures of Masquerade: The Female Spectator of Vijayasanthi Films, Tejaswini Niranjana