Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema: A Visual Journey through the Heart of Bollywood

Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema: A Visual Journey through the Heart of Bollywood

by Gayatri Chatterji, Fareeda, Deepa Gahlot, Nasreen Munni Kabir
     
 

ISBN-10: 9068321862

ISBN-13: 9789068321869

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen)

"Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema is an insightful journey into the complex worlds of fantasy and reality inhabited by creative artistes. India is a unique country that exists in multiple centuries simultaneously. This book unravels the various mysteries and contradictions embedded in our centuries-old tradition. (…) Using defined sections and relevant case

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"Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema is an insightful journey into the complex worlds of fantasy and reality inhabited by creative artistes. India is a unique country that exists in multiple centuries simultaneously. This book unravels the various mysteries and contradictions embedded in our centuries-old tradition. (…) Using defined sections and relevant case studies, the authors analyse the emotional ingredients that form the essence of India and Indian cinema." (Excerpt from the Foreword by Amitabh Bachchan)

Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema explores the inner world of Bombay film, the best known of India’s movie industries. Many aspects of Hindi cinema are brought to life on the pages of this richly illustrated book – from its beginnings to the present day. The use of songs to advertise movies, the role of censorship, devotion to god and family: these subjects and many more are illuminated. It reveals the symbolism of the divine role models Radha–Krishna and Ram–Sita at the heart of the main protagonists in many films, and the passion of the people working behind the scenes. It examines the changing face of the nation’s enemies, the marriage scene, lyricists and playback singers, and it sheds light on Tamil cinema, which rivals the Hindi film industry in output and popularity. The book concludes with an analysis of the mass appeal of Hindi film beyond India’s borders and the recent embrace of the much-hyped ‘Bollywood’ phenomenon in the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789068321869
Publisher:
KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen)
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.96(w) x 10.54(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema includes contributions by:
· Amitabh Bachchan o Foreword
· P.K. Nair o Publicity: traditional and new modes, the use of songbooks, songs, posters, billboards and the internet o Censorship: The Censor Certificate, from colonial till modern concerns
· Deepa Gahlot o Devotion, worship of God and family, the importance of a blessing at the start of a film and the muhurat o Banners of Production: the companies and their images o Credits: main characters in Hindi Films: hero, heroine, villain, vamp and mother, director, playback singer, composer, lyricist and choreographer
· Gayatri Chatterjee o Entertainment & Escapism: old and new utopia’s and the urge to escape o Marriage Scenes: about marriages, marriage signs, triangles and divine love
· Marijke de Vos o Mythology & Folklore, who is who among the Gods. The Gods omnipresence in Indian Cinema
· Fareeda o The Divine Couples Ram – Sita and Radha - Krishna as role models o The Enemy: changing image of the enemy from colonial times till today
· Brahmanand Singh o Songs: a short song history with some of the most classic Hindi film songs
· Soudhamini o Tamil Cinema: the significant other: inspiration and confrontation
· Hadi Tehrani o Distribution: Hindi Films and Iran
· Sudha Rajagopalan o Distribution: Soviet Fans and Hindi Cinema
· Nasreen Munni Kabir o Distribution: The branding of Bollywood, Hindi Cinema in the west
· Marijke de Vos o Review: Critics, Audiences, Box Office and Awards

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