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Making Meaning in Indian Cinema

Making Meaning in Indian Cinema
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Item Code: IDE903
Author: Edited By: Ravi S. Vasudevan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195658671
Pages: 327
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
From the Jacket :

This volume examines the phenomenon of popular Indian cinema from the silent films of the 1930s to contemporary blockbusters. Individual essays engage with the political implications of popular cinema by exploring it - through formal and narrative analysis, archival resources and oral testimony - as an arena for contests of political identity, social regulation and aesthetic hierarchies. How does the imaginative world of a popular film invite an audience to reflect on its relationship to social and political power? How do censorship, the civic administration, public lobbies, film criticism and fan clubs shape the contexts in which we see films and the value that we give them?

Such issues are examined across a range of key films that include the DMK's Parasakthi; the Bengali Harano Sur; Mehboob Khan's Andaz; Raj Kapoor's Awara; the classic Deewar (which introduced Amitabh Bachchan); Mani Ratnam's Roja; Raj Kumar Santoshi's Damini; Shankar's Kadaalan/Hum Se Hai Muguabla; Yash Chopra's Darr and Abbas-Mustan's Baazigar.

Given the relative dearth of critical material in this field, this volume will appeal to the specialist as well as the general reader interested in a serious study of Indian films.

About the Author :

Ravi S. Vasudevan is Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi and Co-Director, Sarai, the new media initiative. He has taught film studies at universities in India and USA and is visiting faculty at the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. He is also a well-known film critic.

Excerpts From Reviews:

'Growing out of a seminar on Indian cinema...this volume of essays is intellectually stimulating and impressive in its range of materials and approaches.' - The Telegraph

CONTENTS

Contributorsix
Introduction
 Ravi S. Vasudevan
1
I.THE SOCIOLOGY AND POLITICS OF THE CINEMATIC INSTITUTION
1.Policing Silent Film Exhibition in Colonial South India
 Stephen P. Hughes
39
2.Parasakthi: Life and Times of a DMK Film
 M.S.S. Pandian
65
II.THE 1950s: MELODRAMA AND THE PARADIGMS OF CINEMATIC MODERNITY
3.Shifting Codes, Dissolving Identities:
The Hindi Social Film of the 1950s as Popular Culture
 Ravi S. Vasudevan
99
4.The Couple and Their Spaces: Harano Sur as Melodrama Now
 Moinak Biswas
122
III.THE POLITICS OF FILM FORM IN THE CONTEMPORARY ERA
5.Signs of Ideological Re-form in Two Recent Films: Towards Real Subsumption?
 M. Madhava Prasad
145
6.Narrating Seduction: Vicissitudes of the Sexed Subject in Tamil Nativity Film
 Sundar Kaali
168
7.Kaadalan and the Politics of Resignification: Fashion, Violence and the Body
 Vivek Dhareshwar / Tejaswini Niranjana
191
8.Avenging Women in Indian Cinema
 Lalitha Gopalan
215
9.From Subjectification to Schizophrenia: The 'Angry Man' and the 'Psychotic' Hero of Bombay Cinema
 Ranjani Mazumdar
238
IV.INDIAN FILM, FILM THEORY AND DEMOCRACY
10.Viewership and Democracy in the Cinema
 Ashish Rajadhyaksha
267
11.Devotion and Defiance in Fan Activity
 S.V. Srinivas
297

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