Bollywood Nation: India through its Cinema

Bollywood Nation India through its Cinema years of popular cinema from Raja Harischandra to Peepli Live Bollywood Nation charts the evolution of Indian cinema from its mythological films in the early twentieth century to its world class g

  • Title: Bollywood Nation: India through its Cinema
  • Author: Vamsee Juluri
  • ISBN: 9780143065111
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • 100 years of popular cinema from Raja Harischandra to Peepli Live.Bollywood Nation charts the evolution of Indian cinema from its mythological films in the early twentieth century to its world class gangster and terrorist melodramas of today In doing so, the book investigates why and how our films have become so deeply embedded in the nation s popular imagination Is it m100 years of popular cinema from Raja Harischandra to Peepli Live.Bollywood Nation charts the evolution of Indian cinema from its mythological films in the early twentieth century to its world class gangster and terrorist melodramas of today In doing so, the book investigates why and how our films have become so deeply embedded in the nation s popular imagination Is it merely that cinema is the only common form of mass national culture in a country that does not have either a common language or a common religion or is it entwined with greater social, cultural and spiritual aspirations By narrating the story of India through the stories that our films tell us, Vamsee Juluri posits cinema as the voice of the nation and examines how it has shaped our understanding of our place in the world.

    One thought on “Bollywood Nation: India through its Cinema”

    1. David Ansen, the famous film critic, once wrote "We are the movies and the movies are us". This certainly holds true for Indians. We laugh and cry with our movies. We experience love, hatred, fear and a myriad of other emotions when we are at the movies. They are the one song we all are singing, albeit in different languages. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Vamsee Juluri, renowned author and professor, uses cinema as a prism though which to view India. His book is called Bollywood Natio [...]

    2. The book takes you through the phases that the bollywood industry has gone through. You get to know some new details rather the popular ones talked about film history by our parents at home. However, I still think the author could have added more details.

    3. I enjoyed reading this book. The author takes popular movies over the years and talks about their relationship with their times. The premise is Bollywood is beyond pure entertainment, its movies reflect society and also influence it. Its pretty logical once you see the examples.

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