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The Bollywood Turn in South Asian Cinema

ANJALI GERA ROY and CHUA BENG HUAT

in Travels of Bollywood Cinema

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075981
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075981.003.0001
The Bollywood Turn in South Asian Cinema

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This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the historical and spatial flows of Indian popular cinema from Bombay (Mumbai) and other production centres in the Indian subcontinent to different spaces of consumption for nearly a century, culminating in the Bollywood-inspired-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. It then discusses the origins and travels of Bollywood cinema and how the rubric of national cinema, under which Indian cinema has been examined, is problematized by the transnationalized production, distribution, and consumption of South Asian cinematic texts in the present and its failure to account for cinematic flows. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Indian popular cinema; Slumdog Millionaire; nation; diaspora; nationalism; regionalism; transnationalism

Chapter.  8622 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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