Bollywood: Non-Resident Indian-Scotland

David Martin-Jones

in Scotland: Global Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780748633913
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651207 | DOI:
Bollywood: Non-Resident Indian-Scotland

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This chapter examines representations of Scotland's Non-Resident Indian (NRI) communities in popular Indian, or ‘Bollywood’ films, and Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006), a Scottish film influenced by Bollywood. It contrasts how Scotland is depicted in fantastical song and dance sequences in the international Indian hits Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) with its more narratively integrated representation in Pyaar Ishq aur Mohabbat (2001). The latter is the first Bollywood film set entirely in Scotland, although its vision of NRI life articulates an ideological view of the diaspora propounded by the Indian filmmaking centre of Mumbai. Its ideological position is typically Indian, rather than Indian-Scottish or Scottish-Indian, as it participates in Bollywood's recent attempts to construct cinematically a consensual view of the global Indian middle class. Nina's Heavenly Delights fuses aspects of Bollywood into its otherwise recognisably British cinematic aesthetic to reflect the narrative's examination of blended or hybrid identities within Scotland's NRI community (whether queer or straight) be they interracial or international.

Keywords: Scotland; Non-Resident Indian; Bollywood; Nina's Heavenly Delights; Kuch Kuch Hota Hai; Kandukondain Kandukondain; Pyaar Ishq aur Mohabbat; middle class; cinematic aesthetic

Chapter.  9192 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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