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Bollywood movies have been long known for their colorful song-and-dance numbers and knack for combining drama, comedy, action-adventure, and music. But when India entered the global marketplace in the early 1990s, its film industry transformed radically. Production and distribution of films became regulated, advertising and marketing created a largely middle-class audience, and films began to fit into genres like science fiction and horror. In this bold study of what she names New Bollywood, Sangita Gopal contends that the key to understanding these changes is to analyze filmsa€™ evolving treatment of romantic relationships. Gopalargues that the form of the conjugal duo in movies reflects other social forces in Indiaa€™s new consumerist and global society. She takes a daring look at recent Hindi films and movie trendsa€”the decline of song-and-dance sequences, the upgraded status of the horror genre, and the rise of the multiplex and multi-plota€”to demonstrate how these relationships exemplify different formulas of contemporary living. A provocative account of how cultural artifacts can embody globalizationa€™s effects on intimate life, Conjugations will shake up the study of Hindi film.In the 1970s Mukherjee tried to reform commercial Hindi film form from within, giving it a more realist orientation in films like Anand ... India Shedding Divorce Stigma, a€ Reuters, August 21, 2007, online at http://www internetNews/idUSDEL28139620070821? ... Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti ( Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008), 1a€“58; and the essays in Raminder Kauranbsp;...

Author:Sangita Gopal
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2011


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