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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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Shadow Nationalism

Shadow Nationalism

Cinema and the Nehruvian State of Culture

(p.61) Chapter 2 Shadow Nationalism
Unruly Cinema

Rini Bhattacharya Mehta

University of Illinois Press

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.

Keywords:   Enquiry Committee, Raj Kapoor, nationalist social genre, Keskar, Nehru, Binaca Geet Mala

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