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Welcome to Sajjanpur*

NANDI BHATIA

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/9780198075981.003.0013
Welcome to Sajjanpur*

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The wide choice of exhibition practices ranging from the multiplex to B- and C-grade stand-alone theatres has facilitated the production and exhibition of a new kind of small budget film with realistic representation targeted at a small, niche middle-class audience. This chapter argues that the films indicate Hindi cinema's return to the local through the representation of theatrical forms that exist on the cultural margins. It examines some of these films' appropriation of local theatrical traditions such as nautanki to represent contemporary social realities.

Keywords: Hindi cinema; theatrical traditions; nautanki; social reality; movie theaters

Chapter.  8075 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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