Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors and their Cinema

edited by Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan and Vimal Mohan John, Sage Publications, 2017, 424 p, ISBN : 9789386062390, $52.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors and their Cinema

Contents: Introduction by Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. Part I: Cinema of Glamour and Celebration: The Post-Liberalization Bollywood Auteur: 1. Main Hoon Farah: The Choreographer as Auteur Ajay Gehlawat. 2. Mansoor Khan: Narrative and Aesthetic Impulses of a Director in ‘Self’ Exile Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. 3. Farhan Akhtar: Stardom of the Poster Boy of ‘New’ Hindi Cinema Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. 4. Aditya Chopra’s ‘Glamorous Realism’ Manjunath Pendakur. 5. Authorship, Industry and the Intermedial Relay: The Films of Vidhu Vinod Chopra Sudhir Mahadevan. 6. Rajkumar Hirani: The Outsider Baradwaj Rangan. 7. Sanjay Leela Bhansali: In the Realm of Innovative Cinematic Experiences Varsha Panjwani. Part II: Cinema of Commentaries and Interventions: History, Politics and Society in Bollywood. 8. In the Morbid Interregnum: Vishal Bhardwaj’s Realist Aesthetic and the Neoliberal Imaginary Jyotsna Kapur and Soumik Pal. 9. Post-colonial Transgression in Deepa Mehta’s Feminist Quartet Alka Kurian.10. Sounding Dystopia: Anurag Kashyap’s Films and Relocation of Popular Tropes Madhuja Mukherjee. 11. Globalization, Reflexivity and Genre in Zoya Akhtar’s films Nandana Bose.12. Urban Dreams: Sudhir Mishra’s Representations of Social and Political Change Pavithra Narayanan and Clare Wilkinson. 13. Ashutosh Gowariker: Narrativizing the ‘Nation’ Tutun Mukherje.14. Madhur Bhandarkar and the New Bollywood Social Ulka Anjaria. Part III: Gendered Cinema: Bollywood’s Women, Gender Politics and Representation. 15. Finding Femininity: Homi Adajania and Representations of Urban Womanhood Sharanya.16. Gender Politics and Small-town India: The Cinema of Abhishek Chaubey Krupa Shandilya.17. Women in the Dark World: Sriram Raghavan and Hindi Film Noir Swetha Sridhar. 18. ‘There Is No Greater Joy than Telling a Story One Believes In’-Our Brother Onir Nandini Bhattacharya. 19. Location and Agency in Crafting Habib Faisal’s Authorship Auteur Monika Mehta. Glossary. Filmography. Bibliography. Index.

For those who think, read, teach, and write about Bollywood, this book is the release of the year! 

They are the ‘stars’ who sit behind the camera and create magic between ‘Action’ and ‘Cut’. Meet the directors of New Age cinema who with their themes, characteristic styles, and masterful storytelling are bridging the gap between commerce and content, commercial and art-house cinema. 

This book introduces you to the films they have made and provides a critical analysis of their craft, while remaining grounded in cinematic and popular culture theories. It shows the distinct ways in which they have handled issues of gender, urban culture and social inequality.

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