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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.I am suggesting that this was not really the stake in the Indian discourse of the family. ... My view of the relation between aesthetic form and other aspects of social life is influenced by both Giles Deleuzea#39;s notion of the assemblage and Bruno Latoura#39;s theory of a€œactants. ... Books, 2003); and Ashraf Aziz, Light of the Universe: Essays on Hindustani Film Music (New Delhi: Three Essays Collective, 2003). 2.

Author: Sangita Gopal
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2012-01-26

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