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Bollywood's India: A Public Fantasy

Priya Joshi


This book analyzes the role of popular blockbuster films made by Bollywood in the making, unmaking and remaking of modern India. It explains that Bollywood films are India’s most popular entertainment and one of its most powerful social forces. It argues that Bollywood’s blockbusters contest ideas about state formation, capture the nation’s dispersed anxieties and fabricate public fantasies of what constitutes “India.” The book provides an interdisciplinary account of popular cinema as a space that filters politics and modernity for its viewers. It covers themes such as crime and punishment, f ... More

Keywords: Bollywood blockbusters, Bollywood films, Awara, Ab Dilli Dur Nahin, Deewaar, Sholay, Dil Se, popular entertainment, new media platforms, India

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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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Priya Joshi, author

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