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Priya Joshi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169615

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169615.001.0001

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Cinema as Family Romance

Cinema as Family Romance

(p.63) 3 Cinema as Family Romance
Bollywood's India
Priya Joshi
Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the extent to which the traumas of the 1970s were displaced onto the family and crisis in the political culture of popular Hindi cinema. It considers the blockbuster trilogy: Deewaar (1975), Trishul (1978), and Shakti (1982). The narrative of Deewaar, which focuses on child violence, is widely understood to symbolize the States upon its citizens. The narratives of Trishul and Shakti exposed both the cinemas social work in India and the social work it did for the nation. The chapter proposes the social function of cinema as Family Romance, where India’s nation plays the role of the mother and the family plays the role of the India’s nation.

Keywords:   1970s, Hindi cinema, Deewaar, Trishul, Shakti, social function, Family Romance

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