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Behind the Scenes
Contemporary Bollywood Directors and Their Cinema

  • Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan - Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras
  • Vimal Mohan John - Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Berchman’s College, Kerala

March 2017 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

For those who think, read, teach, and write about Bollywood, this book is the release of the year! 

They are the ‘stars’ who sit behind the camera and create magic between ‘Action’ and ‘Cut’. Meet the directors of New Age cinema who with their themes, characteristic styles, and masterful storytelling are bridging the gap between commerce and content, commercial and art-house cinema. 

This book introduces you to the films they have made and provides a critical analysis of their craft, while remaining grounded in cinematic and popular culture theories. It shows the distinct ways in which they have handled issues of gender, urban culture, and social inequality.

 

 
Foreword by Rajinder Dudrah
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction by Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan
 
Part I: Cinema of Glamour and Celebration: The Post-Liberalization Bollywood Auteur
 
Main Hoon Farah: The Choreographer as Auteur Ajay Gehlawat
 
Mansoor Khan: Narrative and Aesthetic Impulses of a Director in ‘Self’ Exile Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan
 
Farhan Akhtar: Stardom of the Poster Boy of ‘New’ Hindi Cinema Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan
 
Aditya Chopra’s ‘Glamorous Realism’ Manjunath Pendakur
 
Authorship, Industry, and the Intermedial Relay: The Films of Vidhu Vinod Chopra Sudhir Mahadevan
 
Rajkumar Hirani: The Outsider Baradwaj Rangan
 
Sanjay Leela Bhansali: In the Realm of Innovative Cinematic Experiences Varsha Panjwani
 
Part II: Cinema of Commentaries and Interventions: History, Politics, and Society in Bollywood
 
In the Morbid Interregnum: Vishal Bhardwaj’s Realist Aesthetic and the Neoliberal Imaginary Jyotsna Kapur and Soumik Pal
 
Post-colonial Transgression in Deepa Mehta’s Feminist Quartet Alka Kurian
 
Sounding Dystopia: Anurag Kashyap’s Films and Relocation of Popular Tropes Madhuja Mukherjee
 
Globalization, Reflexivity, and Genre in Zoya Akhtar’s films Nandana Bose
 
Urban Dreams: Sudhir Mishra’s Representations of Social and Political Change Pavithra Narayanan and Clare Wilkinson
 
Ashutosh Gowariker: Narrativizing the ‘Nation’ Tutun Mukherje
 
Madhur Bhandarkar and the New Bollywood Social Ulka Anjaria
 
Part III: Gendered Cinema: Bollywood’s Women, Gender Politics, and Representation
 
Finding Femininity: Homi Adajania and Representations of Urban Womanhood Sharanya
 
Gender Politics and Small-town India: The Cinema of Abhishek Chaubey Krupa Shandilya
 
Women in the Dark World: Sriram Raghavan and Hindi Film Noir Swetha Sridhar
 
18. ‘There Is No Greater Joy than Telling a Story One Believes In’—Our Brother Onir Nandini Bhattacharya
 
Location and Agency in Crafting Habib Faisal’s Authorship Auteur Monika Mehta
 
Glossary
 
Filmography
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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ISBN: 9789386062390