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Unruly Cinema: History, Politics, and Bollywood

Rini Battacharya Mehta


Unruly Cinema is a meta-history of Indian cinema’s emergence and growth in correspondence with the colonial, postcolonial, and the neoliberal state. Indian popular cinema has grown steadily from the largest national film industry to a global cultural force. Between 1931 and 2000, Indian cinema overcame Hollywood’s domination of the Indian market, crafted a postcolonial national aesthetic, resisted the high modernist pull of art cinema, and eventually emerged as a seamless extension of India’s neoliberal ambitions. The major agent of these four shifts was a section of the Hindi cinema produced ... More

Keywords: unruly cinema, Indian commercial cinema, Bollywood, Bombay, public, adversarial government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043123
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rini Battacharya Mehta, author
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign