From Chandigarh to Vancouver


in Travels of Bollywood Cinema

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075981
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081523 | DOI:
From Chandigarh to Vancouver

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This chapter sheds light on the production of a transnational Punjabi rusticity through the Punjabi film that criss-crosses between villages in Punjab and diasporic Punjabi settlements in Birmingham, California, Vancouver, and Sydney. The anthropological study of the popularity of the Harbhajan Mann films connects the revival of an extinct ‘vernacular’ cinema to the transnational mobilization of a particular ethnic/caste identity through the circulation of images of a Vancouver-born Jat Sikh singer-actor in the Punjabi televisual space.

Keywords: transnational Punjabi rusticity; Punjabi film; Punjab; diasporic Punjabi settlements; ethnic identity

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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