Shyam Benegal is an Indian director and screenwriter whose work is considered central to New Indian cinema. By closely analysing several of Benegalas films, this book provides an understanding of Indiaas post-independence history. The book examines the filmmakeras focus on women by highlighting his subtle and critical engagement with a truism of Indian nationalism: womenas centrality to the (nation-) stateas negotiation with modernity. It looks at the importance Benegal accords to history a its little known, contested, or iconic events and figures a in crafting national culture and identities, and goes on to discuss the filmmakeras nuanced representation of the developmental agendas of the nation-state. The book presents an account of the relationship of historical film and fiction to official history, and provides a fuller understanding of Indian cinema, and how it is shaped by as well as itself shapes national imperatives. Filling a gap in the literature, the book offers an analysis of cinematic treatment of post-independence narratives and gives important insights into the imagination of the time. It is a useful contribution for students and scholars of Film Studies, South Asian History and South Asian Culture.Kidwaia#39;s unpublished essay on athe tawaif in Urdu/Hindi Cinemaa speaks particularly to athe evidence films provide ... Benegala#39;s use of a Kirana gharana singer as the singing voice for the grandmother (van der Heide 2006: 90) is significant.
|Title||:||New Indian Cinema in Post-Independence India|
|Author||:||Anuradha Dingwaney Needham|
|Publisher||:||Routledge - 2013-11-26|