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Introduction

M.K. Raghavendra

in Seduced by the Familiar

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696547
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195696547.003.0001
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Indian popular cinema is marked by many transformations. It has been subjected to the ‘constants’ found within the beliefs and worldview of the people of the Indian society and to the ‘variables’ associated with the changing social and cultural climate in India. This chapter traces the history of Indian popular cinema from the 1930s, particularly the approaches and methods employed. Also discussed are the critical approaches in the academic study of popular cinema and the drawbacks in the theoretical approach in examining and understanding the phenomena of a film. Later sections discuss the aims and goals of the book. Here, the narrative approach to Indian films and other means of codifying the methods of popular Indian cinema are discussed and detailed.

Keywords: Indian popular cinema; critical approach; academic study; theoretical approach; narrative approach

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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