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Unruly CinemaHistory, Politics, and Bollywood$
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Rini Battacharya Mehta

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043123

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043123.001.0001

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Indian Cinema against the Currents of History

(p.1) Introduction
Unruly Cinema

Rini Bhattacharya Mehta

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents an overview of the evolution of Bollywood, in its historical context, and lays out the logic of using a long durée narrative. It also presents snapshots of the four discrete moments in which commercial cinema production in India overcomes stagnation of the market by reinventing itself: the growth of Indian sound cinema in the 1930s, the popularity of the nationalist social genre in the 1950s, the advent of the action genre in the 1970s, and the globalization of Hindi cinema into Bollywood.

Keywords:   long durée, sound cinema, globalization, Bollywood

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