‘It Was Filmed in My Home Town’


in Travels of Bollywood Cinema

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075981
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081523 | DOI:
‘It Was Filmed in My Home Town’

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This chapter argues that although Bollywood might still originate in Mumbai or Chennai, it travels to different locations across the world through its song and dance routines, particularly to diasporic settlements in New York, Sydney, Toronto, London, Vancouver, Durban, and Bangkok. It juxtaposes the darshanic look against Feuer's idea of film audience's identification with the on-screen audience of musical sequences in order to examine song picturization in Bollywood films. Arguing that diasporic audience is not homogenous, it is shown that the cultural background of the spectator and their degree of familiarity with the locations of the song plays a part in how song picturizations set outside of India are received by individual spectators.

Keywords: song; dance; diasporic settlements; Indian films; musical sequences; song picturization; film audiences

Chapter.  7532 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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