Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Associate Professor Lalitha Gopalan authors book on Indian cinema

Tue, June 22, 2010

The Cinema of India closely examines 24 landmark films from one of the world's largest national cinemas. Assembling writings by renowned scholars of Indian cinema, each essay provides a novel framework to read a film and when considered together, a kaleidoscopic pattern emerges acknowledging the varied terrain of Indian film production and its reception both nationally and globally. The volume offers a comprehensive consideration of the histories of different regional cinemas; the role of the studios; the place of 'middle' cinema and its relationship to state subsidies; the style of popular films; the allure of stardom; the resistant style of art films; the resurgence of auteurism; and the poetics of documentary. This study discusses in-depth a wide range of films released over a period of more than sixty years, including Saint Tukaram (1936), Parasakthi (1957), Bhuvan Shome (1969), Ghattashradda (1977) and Ram Ke Nam (1991).

About the author:

Lalitha Gopalan is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Cinema of Interruptions: Action Genres in Contemporary Indian Cinema (2002) and Bombay (2005).

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