Global Bollywood


Global Bollywood



Edited by Anandam P. Kavoori and Aswin Punathambekar.

Includes chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Natalie Rose Sarrazin: Songs from the heart: musical coding, emotional sentiment, and transnational Sonic identity in India's popular film music.

Bollywood is one of the most prolific film industries in the world. Based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), the industry churns out hundreds of films each year—primarily melodramatic films with music and elaborately choreographed dance routines. Bollywood's popularity is quickly spreading across the globe, and, beyond the films themselves, Bollywood has made its way into global popular culture. Global Bollywood brings together leading scholars to examine the transnational and transmedia terrain of Bollywood. Defining Bollywood as an arena of public culture distinct from Hindi-language Bombay cinema, this volume offers a new critical framework for analyzing the institutional, cultural, and political dimensions of Bollywood films and film music as they begin to constitute an important circuit of global flows in the twenty-first century. Organized thematically, the book examines contestations surrounding the term "Bollywood," changing relations between the state and the film industry, convergence with television and new media, online fan culture, film journalism, and the reception and negotiations of gender and sexuality in diverse socio-cultural contexts. Global Bollywood is indispensable for understanding not only Bollywood cinema and culture but also how global media flows are reconfiguring relationships among geography, cultural production, and cultural identity.—Publisher’s description



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New York : New York University Press, 2008.

vi, 314 p. ; 23 cm.


Film and Media Studies | Music




Located in Drake Library at: PN1993.5.I8 G53 2008

CONTENTS: The "Bollywoodization" of the Indian cinema: cultural nationalism in a global arena / Ashish Rajadhyaksha -- Surviving Bollywood / M. Madhava Prasad -- Mumbai versus Bollywood: the Hindi film industry and the politics of cultural heritage in contemporary India / Tejaswini Ganti -- Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood: redefining the global in Indian cinema / Shanti Kumar -- The globalization of "Bollywood"-the hype and hope / Daya Kishan Thussu -- Our violence, their violence: exploring the emotional and relational matrix of terrorist cinema / Vamsee Juluri -- Exoticized, marginalized, demonized: the Muslim "other" in Indian cinema / Kalyani Chadha and Anandam P. Kavoori -- The mirror has many faces: the politics of male same-sex desire in BOMgAY and Gulabi Aaina / Parmesh Shahani -- "Bring back the old films, our culture is in disrepute": Hindi film and the construction of femininity in Guyana / Atticus Narain -- "From villain to traditional housewife!": the politics of globalization and women's sexuality in the "new" Indian media / Padma Govindan and Bisakha Dutta -- Songs from the heart: musical coding, emotional sentiment, and transnational Sonic identity in India's popular film music / Natalie Sarazzin -- Deewar/Wall (1975)-fact, fiction, and the making of a superstar / Jyotika Virdi -- The Indian film magazine, Stardust / Rachel Dwyer -- Bollyweb: search for Bollywood on the web and see what happens! / Ananda Mitra -- "We're online, not on the streets": Indian cinema, new media, and participatory culture / Aswin Punathambekar -- Afterword: fast-forwarding into the future, haunted by the past: Bollywood today / Arvind Rajagopal.

Global Bollywood