Global Bollywood

Global Bollywood

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Author: Anandam P. Kavoori
Several Contributors/
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Aswin Punathambekar
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 314
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0-19-569948-3


Bollywood is one of the most prolific film industries in the world. Based in Mumbai the industry churns out hundreds of films each year—primarily melodramatic films with music and elaborately choreographed dance routines. Bollywood’s popularity is quickly spreading across the globe and beyond the films themselves Bollywood has made its way into global popular culture.

Global Bollywood brings together leading scholars to examine the transnational and transmedia terrain of Bollywood. Defining Bollywood as an arena of public culture distinct from Hindi-language Bombay cinema this volume offers a new critical framework for analyzing the institutional cultural and political dimensions of Bollywood films and film music as they begin to constitute an important circuit of global flows in the twenty-first century.

Organized thematically the book examines contestations surrounding the term Bollywood changing relations between the state and the film industry convergence with television and new media online fan culture film journalism and the reception and negotiations of gender and sexuality in diverse socio-cultural contexts. Indispensable for understanding not only Bollywood cinema and culture but also how global media flows are reconfiguring relationships among geography, cultural production, and cultural identity, Global Bollywood will appeal to students and researchers of cultural and film studies, sociology, and history, as well as general readers interested in Bollywood.


Aswin Punathambekar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Engaging and rewarding experience. A must-real for all Bollywood enthusiasts as well as others who wish to be informed about this remarkable phenomenon.
-- Vijay Mishra, Author of Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire