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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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Culture Wars and Catharses

Culture Wars and Catharses

Cinema after the NFDC, Television, and the Emergency

(p.101) Chapter 3 Culture Wars and Catharses
Unruly Cinema

Rini Bhattacharya Mehta

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on a While the New Cinema movement of the 1960s and 1970s reinvigorated the medium to the excitement of a section of the educated middle-class, the Hindi mainstream industry in Bombay reoriented the national imaginary to focus on physical violence and cathartic revenge. This is the era that saw a clear bifurcation between two distinct cinemas – the popular commercial cinema and the new art cinema – existing in almost every Indian language.

Keywords:   NFDC, Satyajit Ray, Nargis Dutt, Mrinal Sen, New Cinema, Indira Gandhi, the Emergency

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