From Aan to Lagaan and Beyond

A guide to the study of Indian cinema

Paperback / softback, 248 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
31 Jan 2012
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £24.99

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This authoritative and accessible guide to the study of Indian Cinema is the first designed specifically to help students understand the complexities and intricacies of studying Indian cinema. It covers the vast range of cinemas of India, including the meteoric rise of Bollywood, and describes the important theoretical approaches to the analysis of films, such as the cinematic audience and audience segmentation. The book examines the filmmaking process to show how an Indian movie is made and the technology entailed. All the major issues are discussed: the relationship between cast and crew, the contributions of the designers and choreographers, the impact of the corporatisation of the film industry, censorship, taxation, insurance and advertising. From Aan to Langaan and beyond will help students make sense of the complexities and intricacies of Indian cinema. With the help of case studies of filmic analysis, it will equip them with the theoretical approaches and concepts they require for analysing Indian film. And with its comprehensive coverage, extensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading, its discussion of pedagogical issues about the teaching of Indian cinema and its sample questions, teachers too will find the book an indispensible resource for teaching Indian cinema.

  • K. Moti Gokulsing

  • Wimal Dissanayake

1. From Vision to Screen Reality - The film making process - The role of technology - How an Indian movie is made - Cast and crew 2. Theoretical approaches to the study of Indian cinema and its audience - Theoretical approaches to the study of Indian cinema - Audience/spectator studies and audience segmentation 3. When Bollywood goes to war - The contributions of Indian cinema to nation building - Important nationalist and patriotic themes in Indian cinema 4. A Passage out of India - Diasporic Indian filmmakers' contributions to Indian Cinema 5. Behind the Curtain - Some examples of iconic directors; music composers/ lyricists/playback singers; - choreographers and designers 6. From Theory to Practice - Case studies of filmic analysis using some of the theoretical approaches discussed in Chapter 2 - How to study Indian cinema-some pedagogical considerations 7. Exporting filmic culture - The corporatisation of the film industry; insurance; the role of advertising and marketing 8. The Price of Globalisation - The government strikes back through taxation, censorship and film classification

From Aan to Lagaan is a unique critical guide to one of the greatest dream-factories in the world. It is the first time that a compilation has avoided the shame of hagiography and the obscurity of pretentious academia.

Farrukh Dhondy, Writer, playwright and screnwriter