Cinema and the Nehruvian State of Culture
This chapter follows the trajectory of postcolonial Indian cinema and its negotiations with a regulatory state. Apart from exploring the apathy and political antagonism of the government, this chapter will explore how the dominant genres of popular cinema survived the Nehruvian regime of control and regulations by adopting and modulating a nation-statist ideology – in the form of a shadow nation – that could smooth over the contradictions between the progressive stance of the state and the regressive inertia of tradition and patriarchy.
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