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Mustard Fields, Exotic Tropes, and Travels through Meandering Pathways

MADHUJA MUKHERJEE

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/9780198075981.003.0004
Mustard Fields, Exotic Tropes, and Travels through Meandering Pathways

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This chapter examines the trope of travel — both literal and metaphorical — within the new Bollywood film as well as cinematic travels to South Asian diasporic spaces. It focuses on Yash Raj films, particularly Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ, 1995), which triggered Bollywood's travels overseas, and how it became the template for the new ‘travelling’ films. It is shown that the global journey in Yash Raj films appears to anticipate the history of cultural and economic globalization in India, and concludes that DDLJ has evolved into an allegory of Indian modernities.

Keywords: Indian films; South Asian diaspora; Yash Raj films; Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge; travelling films; globalization

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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