New Indian Cinema in Post-Independence India

New Indian Cinema in Post-Independence India

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Shyam Benegal is an Indian director and screenwriter whose work is considered central to New Indian cinema. By closely analysing several of Benegala€™s films, this book provides an understanding of Indiaa€™s post-independence history. The book examines the filmmakera€™s focus on women by highlighting his subtle and critical engagement with a truism of Indian nationalism: womena€™s centrality to the (nation-) statea€™s negotiation with modernity. It looks at the importance Benegal accords to history a€“ its little known, contested, or iconic events and figures a€“ in crafting national culture and identities, and goes on to discuss the filmmakera€™s nuanced representation of the developmental agendas of the nation-state. The book presents an account of the relationship of historical film and fiction to official history, and provides a fuller understanding of Indian cinema, and how it is shaped by as well as itself shapes national imperatives. Filling a gap in the literature, the book offers an analysis of cinematic treatment of post-independence narratives and gives important insights into the imagination of the time. It is a useful contribution for students and scholars of Film Studies, South Asian History and South Asian Culture.Kidwaia#39;s unpublished essay on a€œthe tawaif in Urdu/Hindi Cinemaa€ speaks particularly to a€œthe evidence films provide ... Benegala#39;s use of a Kirana gharana singer as the singing voice for the grandmother (van der Heide 2006: 90) is significant.

Title:New Indian Cinema in Post-Independence India
Author: Anuradha Dingwaney Needham
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-11-26

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