Beyond the Boundaries of Bollywood : The Many Forms of Hindi Cinema

Rachel Dwyer and Jerry Pinto, Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN : 9780198069263, $40.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Beyond the Boundaries of Bollywood : The Many Forms of Hindi Cinema

Contents: Foreword. Introduction. I. Essays: 1. The meanings of Bollywood/Ravi Vasudevan. 2. Horses in the metropolis: imagining the romantic individual in early Bombay cinema/Kaushik Bhaumik. 3. Distant voices, magic knives: Lal-e-Yaman and the transition to sound in Bombay cinema/Rosie Thomas. 4. The evil I: realism and Scopophilia in the horror films of the Ramsay brothers/Valentina Vitali. 5. Chal Chal, picture le aate hain (come on, lets buy a film): why we buy what we buy/Jerry Pinto. 6. Bombay Gothic: on the 60 Anniversary of Kamal Amrohi’s Mahal/Rachel Dwyer. 7. Film songs and the cultural synergies of bollywood in and beyond South Asia/Anna Morcom. Notes on the winterviews opens Part II/Jerry Pinto. II. Interviews.

Indian cinema is now almost synonymous with ‘Bollywood’, both within India and globally. But does this shorthand tell the whole story? Does it encompass the range of India’s cinematic production? Beyond the Boundaries of Bollywood explores forms of Hindi cinema that cannot be termed ‘Bollywood’, including those that predate it, and those that are undeniably discrete from it.

Combining essays and interviews, this volume analyses the many meanings of ‘Bollywood’ by looking at cinema in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1920s, the transition to sound, horror films, film songs, and much more. In the process the book addresses issues which are essential to understanding the history of Hindi cinema and film culture. The interviews bring out ideas and reflections on the current situation from key figures including Anurag Kashyap, Bina Paul, and Abhay Deol in the industry. From DVD pricing and its effect on filmmaking to the development of ‘hatke’ cinema and the role of film festivals in shaping popular culture the first-hand insights shed new light on how Hindi cinema and its audiences are always in flux.

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