Cinematic “Assemblages”: The 1990s and Earlier

Anustup Basu

in Bollywood in the Age of New Media

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641024
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651245 | DOI:
Cinematic “Assemblages”: The 1990s and Earlier

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This book is an inquiry into the new Indian media world of the 1990s and the concomitant universe of commercial Hindi film. How did this period of titanic, techno-financial modernisation also witness paradoxically the rise of a ‘pre-modern’ ideology of Hindutva, hitherto languishing among the urban petit bourgeois and some agrarian-feudal quarters of north India? What is the assembling process in popular Hindi cinema, and what exactly happens when cinematic assembling becomes ‘informatic’ in a global sense? This book is not just an excursion into film and media theory, but also a political analysis of the globalisation of culture and urban life in a third world situation. It first examines the philosophy of the Indian cinematic assemblage and indicates how the assembling processes have always responded to ecological shifts in politics, media and fields of knowledge. First, it considers the realism debate and the definition of cinematic assemblage before discussing assemblages of totality and temporality as well as the thing-in-the-assemblage. It also looks at the body-in-the-assemblage, focusing on Dalit and the woman.

Keywords: Hindutva; Hindi cinema; India; cinematic assemblage; globalisation; politics; media; realism; Dalit; culture

Chapter.  17591 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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