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Bollywood: Gods, Glamour, and Gossip
     

Bollywood: Gods, Glamour, and Gossip

by Kush Varia
 

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While we have become familiar with the idea of "Bollywood" here in the West, we know little about the industry's films beyond a certain celebration of kitsch. Bollywood, the latest in Wallflower Press's Short Cuts introductory series, surveys this style of filmmaking from its origins in colonial times to the present, tracing its impact on both the Indian

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While we have become familiar with the idea of "Bollywood" here in the West, we know little about the industry's films beyond a certain celebration of kitsch. Bollywood, the latest in Wallflower Press's Short Cuts introductory series, surveys this style of filmmaking from its origins in colonial times to the present, tracing its impact on both the Indian and global imagination. Chapters explore the history and workings of the industry, the narratives and aesthetics of its films, varieties within the genre, the cultural connotations of specific characters, its larger-than-life stars, and its hybrid and surprising fan cultures. Readings of popular and widely available films illustrate the importance of the cinema's conventions, which range from romantic clichés to a constant negotiation between tradition and modernity.

Editorial Reviews

Stella Bruzzi
This accessibly written introduction to the joys of Bollywood is packed with lively and illuminating case studies and makes an ideal addition to the growing literature on Indian cinema.

Chocie
Varia's book is valuable for historical sharpness, but most of all for insights that are up-to-date.... Recommended.

Viewfinder - Iain Robert Smith
A passionate and engaging introduction to popular Hindi cinema.... Showing that there is much more to Indian cinema than lavish song and dance sequences, Bollywood: Gods, Glamour and Gossip demonstrates the diverse ways in which popular cinema can represent a negotiation between the forces of tradition and modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231502603
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
Short Cuts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
3 MB

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Kush Varia earned his M.A. degree from the British Film Institute and is an archive production executive for BBC Motion Gallery. He has worked for the British Universities Film and Video Council and has been a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University and London Metropolitan University.

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