Indian Popular Cinema Edition 2

A Narrative of Cultural Change

June 2004
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    1st June 2004
  • ISBN 9781858563299
  • Language English
  • Pages 161 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 10"
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The book reviews nine decades of Indian popular cinema and examines its immense influence on people in India and its diaspora. Since it was published in 1998, Indian film has developed in new directions. As films today vie with Indian soap operas for popularity, film making in India has acquired 'industry status' and consequently has greater accountability to its public.

All this is reflected in this new and extensively revised edition of "Indian Popular Cinema". It tracks the rise of "designer cinema," reviews the increasingly significant Tamil cinema, and considers films made by Indians in the diaspora.

"An admirable introduction to the complexities of Indian media."

- South Asia Research

"[Provides] a rich and well-researched view into the complexity and importance of Indian media studies for students and scholars....[highly] readable and leaves no doubt that the recent expansion of scholarly interest in Indian film and television is here to stay....[Excellent] commentary and analysis of the complexity of Indian film and television, exploring key dialectics that inform much of the philosophy behind the programming--particularly the traditional-modern and local global tensions."

- Asian Journal of Communication

"A unique publication, the first of its kind in literature, co-authored by a social scientist and a film historian, providing a powerful critical analysis of the culture and history of the Indian film as an art form and popular medium."

T.V. Sathyamurthy, Professor of Politics at University of York, England, on the first edition

K. Moti Gokulsing

K. Moti Gokulsing is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of East London. He co-edits the journal South Asian Popular Culture and is the author of the acclaimed Indian Popular Cinema, also published by Trentham.

Wimal Dissanayake

Wimal Dissanayake is Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Centre, Hawaii and founding editor of the East-West Film Journal.