Studying Indian Cinema – Omar Ahmed


Studying Indian Cinema traces the historical evolution of Indian cinema through a number of key decades and 14 chapters, each chapter focusing on one key film. The chosen films are analysed in their wider social, political and historical context


“This accessible book drawing on wide viewing and thorough research will help to dispel many of the misconceptions about Indian Cinema and reveal the glorious diversity of the industry – from Hindi classics and parallel cinema to contemporary mainstream genre films from different language cinemas and the beginnings of a new ‘independent’ cinema. A valuable addition to the limited range of books on the subject and an essential guide for film teachers and students alike, this is a must buy for anyone who wants to explore the rich film culture of India.” Roy Stafford, author of ‘The Global Film Book’

This book is traces the historical evolution of Indian cinema through a number of key decades. The book is made up of 14 chapters with each chapter focusing on one key film, the chosen films analysed in their wider social, political and historical context whilst a concerted engagement with various ideological strands that underpin each film is also evident. In addition to exploring the films in their wider contexts, the author analyses selected sequences through the conceptual framework common to both film and media studies. This includes a consideration of narrative, genre, representation, audience and mise-en-scène.

The case studies run chronologically from Awaara (The Vagabond, 1951) to The Elements Trilogy: Water (2005) and include films by such key figures as Satyajit Ray (The Lonely Wife), Ritwick Ghatak (Cloud Capped Star), Yash Chopra (The Wall), Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!) and Ashutosh Gowariker (Lagaan).

Chapter One: Popular Narratives – Awaara (The Vagabond)
Chapter Two: Neo-realist Aesthetics – Do Bigha Zamin (Two Acres of Land)
Chapter Three: Poetic Fatalism – Kagaaz Ke Phool (Paper Flowers)
Chapter Four: The Trauma of Partition – Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud Capped Star)
Chapter Five: Feminist Concerns – Charulata (The Lonely Wife)
Chapter Six: Erotic Spectacle – Pakeezah (The Pure of Heart)
Chapter Seven: Parallel Voices – Ankur (The Seedling)
Chapter Eight: Angry Young Men – Deewaar (The Wall)
Chapter Nine: Reality of the Dispossessed – Salaam Bombay!
Chapter Ten: Representing Terrorism – Dil Se (From the Heart)
Chapter Eleven: Mumbai Noir – Satya (Truth)
Chapter Twelve: Once Upon a Time in India – Lagaan (Land Tax)
Chapter Thirteen: Revolutionaries – Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (A Thousand Dreams Like These)
Chapter Fourteen: The Elements Trilogy – Water


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