Tamil Cinema: The Cultural Politics of India's other Film Industry by Selvaraj VelayuthamTamil Cinema: The Cultural Politics of India's other Film Industry by Selvaraj Velayutham

Tamil Cinema: The Cultural Politics of India's other Film Industry

EditorSelvaraj Velayutham

Paperback | March 15, 2008

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Hitherto, the academic study of Indian cinema has focused primarily on Bollywood, despite the fact that the Tamil film industry, based in southern India, has overtaken Bollywood in terms of annual output. This book examines critically the cultural and cinematic representations in Tamil cinema. It outlines its history and distinctive characteristics, and proceeds to consider a number of important themes such as gender, religion, class, caste, fandom, cinematic genre, the politics of identity and diaspora. Throughout, the book cogently links the analysis to wider social, political and cultural phenomena in Tamil and Indian society. Overall, it is an exciting and original contribution to an under-studied field, also facilitating a fresh consideration of the existing body of scholarship on Indian cinema.

Selvaraj Velayuthamworks in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His research interests include migration, transnationalism, and Tamil cinema and cultural studies. He has published works on South Indian diaspora, home and belonging, and living with diversity.
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Title:Tamil Cinema: The Cultural Politics of India's other Film IndustryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:041549219X

ISBN - 13:9780415492195

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Introduction: The Cultural History and Politics of South Indian Tamil CinemaSelvaraj Velayutham 1. A Good Woman, A Very Good Woman: Tamil Cinema¿s WomenC.S. Lakshmi 2. The Tamil Film Heroine: From a Passive Subject to a Pleasurable ObjectSathiavathi Chinniah 3. Presencing the Amman in Tamil Cinema: Cinema Spectatorship as Sensuous ApprehensionKalpana Ram  4. Politics and the Film in Tamil Nadu: The Stars and the DMKRobert Hardgrave  5. The Nurturing Hero: Changing Images of MGRSara Dickey 6. Tamil Cinema in the Public Sphere: The Evolving Art of Banner Advertisements in ChennaiPreminda Jacob  7. Encountering a New Art: Writers Response to Cinema in Tamil NaduTheodore Baskaran 8. Cinema in the Countryside: Popular Tamil Film and the Remaking of Rural Life Anand Pandian  9. Imaginary Geographies: The Makings of ¿South¿ in Contemporary Tamil Cinema Rajan Krishnan 10. Encounters with ¿India¿: (Ethno)-Nationalism in Tamil CinemaVijay Devadas and Selvaraj Velayutham 11. The Diaspora and the Global Circulation of Tamil CinemaSelvaraj Velayutham