The 1950s and 1960s

M.K. Raghavendra

in Seduced by the Familiar

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696547
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080281 | DOI:
The 1950s and 1960s

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This chapter is devoted to the films of the 1950s and 1960s. Films during the Nehru era were optimistic about India and its modernity. Common issues tackled in the popular films of this era include secularism, national identity, and land reform. The period after 1962 witnessed a change in the characteristics of popular cinema, largely to do with the Indo-Chinese War. India's defeat brought the period of optimistic nationalism almost to an abrupt close. Although the Chinese debacle dampened national sentiments, Indian films were not threatened by trauma. Rather they simply retreated from social responsiveness and shifted the locality from the city to scenic spots and hill stations.

Keywords: 1950s; 1960s; Nehru era; secularism; national identity; land reform; post-1962; Indo-Chinese War; social responsiveness

Chapter.  18515 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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