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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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Colonial Indian Cinema

Colonial Indian Cinema

A Peripheral Modernity

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(p.19) Chapter 1 Colonial Indian Cinema
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Unruly Cinema
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Rini Bhattacharya Mehta

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043123.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the hybridity and modernity of early Indian cinema, which managed to survive the control and surveillance of the colonial government. The first crisis of Indian cinema was its precarious existence, threatened by colonial control and regulation on the one hand and Hollywood’s dominance over Indian film-market on the other. This chapter details the unlikely growth and resilience of a disorganized medium, leading to the 1930s when the Indian “talkie” ended Hollywood’s dominance in the Indian film-market.

Keywords:   British India, Bombay, Cinematograph Act, empire cinema, Indian talkie

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