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Bollywood's India : Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India

Author: Rachel Dwyer
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, ©2014 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bollywood movies have long been known for their colorful song-and-dance numbers and knack for combining drama, comedy, action-adventure, and music. But these exciting and often amusing films rarely reflect the reality of life on the Indian subcontinent. Exploring the nature of mainstream Hindi cinema, the strikingly illustrated Bollywood's India examines its nonrealistic depictions of everyday life in India and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Dwyer
ISBN: 9781780232638 1780232632
OCLC Number: 859583821
Description: 295 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Unity : the nation, its history and trans-nationalism --
Diversity : region, caste and class --
Religion : myths, beliefs and practices --
Emotions : sadness, anger and happiness --
Home : romance, love and the family --
The world : education, work and lifestyle --
Agneepath/The path of fire, 1990-2012.
Responsibility: Rachel Dwyer.

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"Bollywood movies have long been known for their colorful song-and-dance numbers and knack for combining drama, comedy, action-adventure, and music. But these exciting and often amusing films rarely reflect the reality of life on the Indian subcontinent. Exploring the nature of mainstream Hindi cinema, the strikingly illustrated Bollywood's India examines its nonrealistic depictions of everyday life in India and what it reveals about Indian society. Showing how escapism and entertainment function in Bollywood cinema, Rachel Dwyer argues that Hindi cinema's interpretations of India over the last two decades are a reliable guide to understanding the nation's changing hopes and dreams. She looks at the ways Bollywood has imagined and portrayed the unity and diversity of the country--what it believes and feels, as well as life at home and in public. Using Dwyer's two decades spent working with filmmakers and discussing movies with critics and moviegoers, Bollywood's India is an illuminating look at Hindi cinema"--Provided by publisher.

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