The Cinema of India

Lalitha Gopalan. Preface by Javed Akhtar

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of India

Pub Date: September 2010

ISBN: 9781905674923

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $29.50£25.00

Pub Date: September 2010

ISBN: 9781905674930

288 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00£66.00

The Cinema of India

Lalitha Gopalan. Preface by Javed Akhtar

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of India examines in detail twenty-four landmark films from one of the world's largest national cinemas. Gathering writings by renowned scholars of Indian cinema, this collection provides a novel framework for reading film. Taken together, these essays act as a guide to deciphering the varied terrain of Indian film production and its reception both nationally and globally. The volume offers a comprehensive consideration of the histories of different regional cinemas; the role of studios; the place of "middle" cinema and its relationship to state subsidies; the style of popular films; the allure of stardom; the resistant style of art films; the resurgence of auteurism; and the poetics of documentary. The study discusses a range of films released over a period of more than sixty years, including Sant Tukaram (1936), Parasakthi (1952), Pather Panchali (1955), Pyaasa (1957), Bhuvan Shome (1969), Ghattashradda (1977) and Ram Ke Nam (1991).
The Cinema of India examines in detail twenty-four landmark films from one of the world's largest national cinemas. Gathering writings by renowned scholars of Indian cinema, this collection provides a novel framework for reading film. Taken together, these essays act as a guide to deciphering the varied terrain of Indian film production and its reception both nationally and globally. The volume offers a comprehensive consideration of the histories of different regional cinemas; the role of studios; the place of "middle" cinema and its relationship to state subsidies; the style of popular films; the allure of stardom; the resistant style of art films; the resurgence of auteurism; and the poetics of documentary. The study discusses a range of films released over a period of more than sixty years, including Sant Tukaram (1936), Parasakthi (1952), Pather Panchali (1955), Pyaasa (1957), Bhuvan Shome (1969), Ghattashradda (1977) and Ram Ke Nam (1991).
This collection of articles covers all the axes of Indian cinema from its beginnings to the present day, reflected through 24 of its most important films. The contributions provide diverse and eclectic views of the history and current state of Indian regional cinema, covering quintessential topics as stardom, politics, and the relation between the state and the film industry. With its invaluable contributions by both Indian and non-Indian specialists working in a variety of areas ranging from film studies and filmmaking to social sciences, this volume will certainly appeal not only to cinema studies scholars but also to film industry professionals, and is an indispensable complement to canonical studies of Indian cinema studies. Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière, FIPRESCI
...an interesting and useful book. Keith Withall, Media Education Journal

About the Author

Lalitha Gopalan is associate professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Cinema of Interruptions: Action Genres in Contemporary Indian Cinema (2002) and Bombay (2005).
Lalitha Gopalan is associate professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Cinema of Interruptions: Action Genres in Contemporary Indian Cinema (2002) and Bombay (2005).