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The Music of Intolerable Love: Indian Film Music, Globalization, and the Sound of Partitioned Selves

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641024.003.0004
The Music of Intolerable Love: Indian Film Music, Globalization, and the Sound of Partitioned Selves

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This chapter discusses the use of music and song sequences in Hindi cinema, along with globalisation and the sound of partitioned selves. It first frames the terms of engagement by attaching an aesthetic-political question of lyricism to that of Indian nationalism. In discussing the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Aamir Mufti has posed an important question in relation to third world modernities: instead of a more conventional format of aligning categories and events into a narrative of constitution, is it possible to understand historicity as a lyrical assemblage of expressions that are obtuse and eliding in their relational meaningfulness? The work of Faiz has regularly featured in dialogues and lyrics in countless films in India and Pakistan. This chapter examines the lyrical as that which can infuse exiling and errant powers of language and contaminate hard artifacts of historical narration. It looks at some exemplary uses of cinematic musicality in the works of Mani Ratnam, including his 1997 Hindi film Dil Se (From the Heart) whose title track sequence is an anticipatory coupling of affects of violence and love.

Keywords: Hindi cinema; globalisation; music; song sequences; love; India; lyricism; Mani Ratnam; Aamir Mufti; Dil Se

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Subjects: Film

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