Cinematic Border Crossings in Two Bengals


in Travels of Bollywood Cinema

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075981
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081523 | DOI:
Cinematic Border Crossings in Two Bengals

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This chapter focuses on the connections between Bangladeshi and West-Bengali popular film production and their transnationalization and localization efforts. The remakes of Bangladeshi film melodramas in the West Bengal film industry are examined as the ‘transnationalizing‘ symptoms of these two cinemas that are linguistically defined. The West-Bengali films that are remade from Bangladeshi films from the 1920s till the end of the twentieth century, pose a problem for researchers: these films share the same language and time with the originals and differ only in terms of culture. More precisely, the remade films are intended for consumption in a different context: contemporary West Bengal. The chapter seeks to understand the cultural translation happening through such remaking of ‘Bangladeshi’ films addressing a different, non-Bangladeshi audience and viewing context.

Keywords: India; Bangladesh; Dhaka Muslim socials; remakes; Bengal cinema

Chapter.  5925 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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