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Introduction to Indian Cinema: 'Bollywood' and Beyond

FILM 329
Spring 2020 not offered
Certificates: South Asia Studies, South Asia Studies Minor

India is one of the world's largest film-producing nations, releasing over 900 films every year. The Indian film industry remains an exceptional industry, holding its own against Hollywood's expansion into markets like India. This course will provide a historical and thematic introduction to Indian cinema, with a particular focus on Bombay cinema or Hindi-Urdu-language popular Indian cinema that constitutes Indian national cinema.

Some of the questions that we will explore: Why (and if) we must take the "popular" seriously, and what vocabularies are suitable with which to discuss the popular in non-Western realms? What role do phenomena like globalization, diaspora, and transnationalism play in the evolution of Hindi popular cinema and its genres over the decades? How do these "song and dance" movies challenge our commonplace perceptions of narrative forms? How must we account for distinctions or similarities between Hollywood and Indian cinema when we use terms like melodrama, discuss gender and sexuality, consider class, assess genre, or encounter the term "Bollywood"?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: FIILM307
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(FILM-MN)(FILM)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)

Last Updated on JUL-23-2024
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