Bollywood's India: A Public Fantasy

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byPriya Joshi

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Bollywood is India's most popular entertainment and one of its most powerful social forces. Its blockbusters contest ideas about state formation, capture the nation's dispersed anxieties, and fabricate public fantasies of what constitutes "India." Written by an award-winning scholar of popular culture and postcolonial modernity, Bollywood's India analyzes the role of the cinema's most popular blockbusters in making, unmaking, and remaking modern India.

With dazzling interpretive virtuosity, Priya Joshi provides an interdisciplinary account of popular cinema as a space that filters politics and modernity for its viewers. Themes such as crime and punishment, family and individuality, vigilante and community capture the diffuse aspirations of an evolving nation. Summoning India's tumultuous 1970s as an interpretive lens, Joshi reveals the cinema's social work across decades that saw the decline of studios, the rise of the multi-starrer genre, and the arrival of corporate capital and new media platforms. In elegantly crafted studies of iconic and less familiar films, including Awara (1951), Ab Dilli Dur Nahin (1957), Deewaar (1975), Sholay (1975), Dil Se (1998), A Wednesday (2008), and 3 Idiots (2009), Joshi powerfully conveys the pleasures and politics of Bollywood blockbusters.

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Bollywood is India's most popular entertainment and one of its most powerful social forces. Its blockbusters contest ideas about state formation, capture the nation's dispersed anxieties, and fabricate public fantasies of what constitutes "India." Written by an award-winning scholar of popular culture and postcolonial modernity, Bolly...

Priya Joshi is associate professor of English at Temple University. She is the author of In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India, winner of the Modern Language Association's Prize for the Best First Book, the Sonya Rudikoff Prize for best first book in Victorian studies by the Northeast Victorian Studi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231169612

ISBN - 13:9780231169615

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and TablesAcknowledgmentsPreface: The Social Work of Cinema1. Bollywood's India2. Cinema as Public Fantasy3. Cinema as Family Romance4. Bollywood, BollyliteEpilogue: Anthem for a New IndiaNotesFilmographyBibliographyIndex

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Well-structured.... Joshi's book perfectly captures the history of Bollywood cinema and its cultural impact for the newcomer and seasoned viewer alike.