Hindi Action Cinema: Industries, Narratives, Bodies

Hindi Action Cinema: Industries, Narratives, Bodies

by Valentina Vitali


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Hindi Action Cinema: Industries, Narratives, Bodies by Valentina Vitali

Valentina Vitali presents the history of Bombay action film, posing new questions about the relationship between movies and their socioeconomic context. She considers how action gained prominence as an ingredient in film narrative and as a means to make and means 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253222220
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 05/14/2010
Series: South Asian Cinemas Series
Pages: 299
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Photographs vii

Note on the Transliteration of Film Titles and Names ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xiii

1 The 1920s 1

The 1910s 3

The 1920s 11

The Action Ingredient 20

Sharda Film Company and Master Vithal 32

Conclusion 49

2 Women in Action Films in the 1920s and 1930s 56

The 1930s 72

From Artistic Pictures Corporation to Wadia Movietone 80

Fearless Nadia's Stunt Films 100

3 Interlude: The 1950s 119

The Bombay Film Industry during Nehru's Administration 119

Post-Independence Euphoria and the Marginalization of Action 127

4 The 1960s 134

The Bombay Film Industry in the 1960s 134

The Economy in 1960s India 140

Dara Singh and the Hindi Small-budget Film 144

Dara Singh's Wrestling Films 154

5 The 1970s 184

The Literature on the 'Angry Young Man' 184

Prelude 190

Indira Gandhi's U-Turn 193

The Bombay Film Industry in the 1970s 196

The Action Films of Amitabh Bachchan 206

6 Contemporary Action Cinema 230

Bibliography 245

Index 260

What People are Saying About This

winner of the National Award for Best Film Critic, India - M. K. Raghavendra

Impressive . . . clear and accessible.

SOAS, University of London - Rachel Dwyer

An original piece of work which is pioneering in its study of the importance of exhibition and distribution to the Hindi film industry.

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