Author: M Madhava Prasad
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195652959
This book presents Indian cinema as an institution firmly rooted in contemporary society, shaped by and shaping the political-ideological terrain of independent India.
Constantly moving between theory and detailed analyses, the book discusses the ban on kissing as a symptom of national untie; how the narrative structure of popular film is perpetuated by the Bombay industry's mode of manufacture; how the political crisis during the third decade of independence is reflected in structural transformations and new narrative forms and the signs of yet another transformation in the nineties.
This book will prove to be an absorbing read not only for scholars and students of film theory, cultural studies and political and social theories, but also for all intelligent viewers of Hindi films.
Excerpts from Reviews:
Something of a landmark in Indian film studies. - International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.
Prasad's indefatigable scrutiny of post-independence Hindi cinema is formidable in its scholarship, focused in setting out its theoretical framework, admirable in its research, acutely original in places, and surprisingly readable. - The Book Review
This book offers a challenging new perspective on the production of the Hindi film, breaking genuinely new ground. Brilliant, intriguing, learned, committed, one can be certain that the study of Indian popular cinema will not be the same again. - The Pioneer