By Ranjani Mazumdar
during this research of the cinematic urban, Mazumdar finds a fancy postnationalist international, convulsed by way of the social predicament of the Nineteen Seventies and reworked via the event of globalization within the Nineties. She argues that the upheaval of postcolonial nationalism ended in Bombay cinema’s articulation of city existence in totally new phrases. particularly, where of the village within the imaginary structure of anticolonial nationalism gave method to a better acknowledgment, even centrality, of city house. Bombay Cinema takes the reader on a creative trip via a cinematic urban of mass crowds, violence, style, architectural fantasies, and subcultural identities. relocating during the international of gangsters and vamps, households and drifters, and heroes and villains, Bombay Cinema explores an city panorama marked by way of business decline, civic situation, working-class disenchantment, and numerous highway life.Combining the anecdotal with the theoretical, the philosophical with the political, and the textual with the ancient, Bombay Cinema leads the reader into the center of the city labyrinth in India, revising and deepening our figuring out of either town and the cinema.
"A landmark study—carefully researched, good geared up and delivering refreshingly uncondescending and strikingly insightful discussions of mainstream films—that merits to be learn by means of a person drawn to India's renowned cinema or its modern city life." —Journal of Asian Studies
"Bombay Cinema is an exhilarating and demanding contribution to a box that has, so far, been below researched and less than theorized. vigorous, provocative and richly suggestive, it is going to additionally function a surefire incentive to observe these motion pictures everywhere again." —Screen
"Here, finally, is a e-book size research on Cinema in India that doesn't get locked right into a dance of airtight closure among what transpires on reveal and a collection of inventory off monitor textual and cultural references, yet extra importantly, walks the streets the place the flicks are set, appears at store home windows, exposure fabric, costumes, model, structure, telecommunications and the concrete materiality that surrounds the movie object." —Seminar
"Bombay Cinema is lucid, provocative, fashionable and mammoth. it truly is an illuminating scholarly learn that spares no attempt to carry Bombay cinema out of the educational closet." —The booklet assessment India
"Departing from the obsession that movie reports in India has displayed with the belief of cinema as a countrywide allegory, the e-book convincingly argues for the necessity to study the city's hidden archive as one who can't be subsumed in the signal of the national." —Biblio
"Mazumdar has an exceptional potential to debate Indian cinema, with an excellent clutch of its political, historic, and aesthetic advancements, yet both she is easily attuned to the pursuits and ruptures within the educational discourse of movie and cinema studies."—Film International
"Mazumdar's event as a filmmaker allowed her to supply major readings of not only the narratives and personality improvement within the movies, yet of the cinematography, mise-en-scene, and different technical and function elements of production." —Journal of well known Culture
"At as soon as approximately Hindi motion pictures, spatial practices, city modernity and globalization . . . the power of Bombay Cinema lies in bringing them all jointly in a efficient conversation.” —Economic and Political Weekly
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