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Bollywood
Sociology Goes To the Movies



© 2006 | 212 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

In recent years, Bollywood-the popular name for the Hindi cinema emanating from Mumbai, India-has received considerable attention in the global media. Why are people fascinated with Bollywood? What is the cultural significance of the films produced there?

This book addresses such questions by taking the subject of sociology to the movies. More specifically, it rejuvenates a dormant dialogue within sociology about understanding the possible relationships between cinema, culture, and society. This is done through an interdisciplinary conversation with studies of the cinema drawn from film and media, and cultural studies. Replete with memorable examples and penetrating insights, this book

  • Provides a comprehensive theoretical and empirical engagement with Bollywood cinema and its audiences
  • Examines the role and representations of cultural icons in Bollywood films
  • Discusses the Bollywood film industry as it develops in the era of globalization
 
Introduction
 
Towards a Sociology of Cinema
 
Singing for India
Songs in the Bollywood Film  
 
Reading Popular Hindi Films in the Diaspora and the Performance of Urban Indian and Diasporic Identity
 
Bollywood Cinema Going in New York
 
Queer as Desis
Secret Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Bollywood Films in Diasporic Urban Ethnoscapes  
 
Between and Beyond Bollywood and Hollywood
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix: Six Genres of Bollywood Films
 
Bibliography
 
Index

`A new book which gives an extraordinary insight into Bollywood' - Asian Voice

`This book asks and answers some interesting questions about what exactly Bollywood is' - New India Express


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