Hindi Action Cinema

Hindi Action Cinema : Industries, Narratives, Bodies

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Valentina Vitali presents the history of Bombay action films, posing new questions about the relationship between movies and their socioeconomic context. She considers how action gained prominence as an ingredient in film narrative, one that made it easier to produce and market films. She traces the emergence of the stunt film in the 1920s; examines the presence and function of women in action roles from the mid-1920s to the end of the 1930s; and analyzes the socioeconomic factors responsible for the films and for the popularity of figures such as Master Vithal, Ermeline, Fearless Nadia, Dara Singh, and Amitabh Bachchan as well as other, more contemporary figures.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 299 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 25 b&w illus.
  • 0253222222
  • 9780253222220
  • 1,665,756

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"Impressive... clear and accessible." -M. K. Raghavendra, winner of the National Award for Best Film Critic, India "An original piece of work which is pioneering in its study of the importance of exhibition and distribution to the Hindi film industry." -Rachel Dwyer, SOAS, University of London "Hindi Action Cinema is an intellectually challenging work that will reward the attention of readers whose interests range from South Asian studies to global film and broader issues in the contemporary analysis of culture, society, and economy." -Journal of Asian Studiesshow more

About Valentina Vitali

Valentina Vitali is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of East London. She is editor (with Paul Willemen) of Theorising National Cinema.show more

Table of contents

PhotographsNote on the Transliteration of Film Titles and NamesAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The 1920sThe 1910sThe 1920sThe Action IngredientSharda Film Company and Master VithalConclusion2. Women in Action Films in the 1920s and 1930sThe 1930sFrom Artistic Pictures Corporation to Wadia MovietoneFearless Nadia's Stunt Films3. Interlude: The 1950sThe Bombay Film Industry during Nehru's AdministrationPost-Independence Euphoria and the Marginalization of Action4. The 1960sThe Bombay Film Industry in the 1960sThe Economy in 1960s IndiaDara Singh and the Hindi Small-budget FilmDara Singh's Wrestling Films5. The 1970sThe Literature on the `Angry Young Man'PreludeIndira Gandhi's U-TurnThe Bombay Film Industry in the 1970sThe Action Films of Amitabh Bachchan6. Contemporary Action CinemaBibliographyIndexshow more

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