Region, Language, and Indian Cinema


in Travels of Bollywood Cinema

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075981
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081523 | DOI:
Region, Language, and Indian Cinema

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This chapter suggests that the discourse formulated in relation to the dominant south Indian cinemas in Tamil or Telugu can prove to be homogenizing when used to analyse other regions, such as Kannada, which emerged before the linguistic organization of the states. It argues that Kannada films of the 1950s — which trace a separate trajectory by displaying a preference for the mythological, folklore, or saint films abandoned in Hindi cinema in the early 1940s — did not address a Kannada identity but one belonging exclusively to ‘old Mysore’.

Keywords: south Indian cinemas; Tamil cinema; Telugu cinema; Kannada films; Kannada identity; old Mysore

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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