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Paperback 190 pp.
210 mm x 290 mm



Publication date:
August 2016

Imprint: OUP India

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Oxford India Short Introductions

M. K. Raghavendra

Series : Oxford India Short Introductions

Awaara, Sholay, Deewar, Hum Apke Hain Koun..!, 3 Idiots. The success stories of these cult films are not only well known, but have also benchmarked a specific kind of cinema that exerts a far-reaching appeal.

Often misunderstood to represent all Hindi cinema, Bollywood, as a distinct industry operating within Indian cinema, has not received due attention. Replete with its own set of motifs, plot devices, tropes, and even themes, much of what is produced shares not only a devoted audience, but also big budgets, stars, larger-than-life sets, and enormous revenues.

In Bollywood, M.K. Raghavendra maps the dramatic journey of this popular, mainstream phenomenon. He dwells on the various departures from Western cinema and examines the characteristic traits specific to Bollywood, relating them to classical aesthetics, poetics, and dramaturgy. While also touching upon its various production and distribution practices, this short introduction explains the assorted roles it has played in suturing pan-Indian and national cinema before and after 1947, and anticipates its future as a sustained form of global entertainment.

Readership : Suitable for general readers and film lovers and enthusiasts. Also for students and scholars of film and culture studies, media studies, Indian cinema, as well as film critics.

Introduction: The Hindi Film and Its Significance
1. The Historical Trajectory of the Hindi Film Narrative
2. The Grammar and Aesthetics of Popular Hindi Cinema
3. The Production and Distribution of Hindi Films
4. Global Bollywood
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M.K. Raghavendra is an eminent film critic, researcher, and scholar. He received the Swarna Kamal for the Best Film Critic at the 1997 National Film Awards.

Ideology of the Hindi Film - M. Madhava Prasad
Making Meaning in Indian Cinema - Edited by Ravi S. Vasudevan
Seduced by the Familiar - M. K. Raghavendra
Bipolar Identity - M.K. Raghavendra
The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium - M K Raghavendra
SRK and Global Bollywood - Edited by Rajinder Dudrah, Elke Mader and Bernhard Fuchs
Her Majestic Voice - Kiranmayi Indraganti

Special Features

  • This is a focused study that will help the reader understand the historical role and development of Hindi popular cinema.
  • It is a comprehensive study that covers aspects from aesthetics, motifs, plot devices, economic production to the development of the global brand Bollywood.
  • Cinema studies, film studies, and culture studies are important contemporary fields for which a comprehensive summary like this could be very useful.