Filming the Gods
Religion and Indian Cinema
By (author) Rachel Dwyer
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Filming the Gods by Rachel Dwyer
Book DescriptionFilming the Gods examines the role and depiction of religion in Indian cinema, showing that the relationship between the modern and the traditional in contemporary India is not exotic, but part of everyday life. Concentrating mainly on the Hindi cinema of Mumbai, Bollywood, it also discusses India's other cinemas. Rachel Dwyer's lively discussion encompasses the mythological genre which continues India's long tradition of retelling Hindu myths and legends, drawing on sources such as the national epics of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana; the devotional genre, which flourished at the height of the nationalist movement in the 1930s and 40s; and the films made in Bombay that depict India's Islamicate culture, including the historical, the courtesan film and the 'Muslim social' genre. Filming the Gods also examines the presence of the religious across other genres and how cinema represents religious communities and their beliefs and practices. It draws on interviews with film stars, directors and producers as well as popular fiction, fan magazines and the films themselves. As a result, Filming the Gods is a both a guide to the study of film in religious culture as well as a historical overview of Indian religious film.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415314251
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rachel Dwyer
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Get Started reading, speaking and understanding Gujarati.
Beyond the Boundaries of Bollywood, Hardback (April 2011)
This book looks at films produced since the mid-1990s to address ideas, themes, and issues which lie outside accepted definitions of what is 'Bollywood'. It includes essays by established scholars and film critics and interviews of individuals from within the film industry in India.
What Do Hindus Believe?, Paperback (April 2008)
Hinduism is a much contested term used to describe the religious beliefs and practices of more than 800 million people, most of whom live in India. Yet Hinduism is a religion which lacks a set of core beliefs (there is no founder, no single scripture nor any central organisation).
Cinema India, Paperback (July 2002)» View all books by Rachel Dwyer
Focuses on the visual culture of Indian cinema, specifically Bombay-based cinema since 1913. Drawing on a range of sources, this title examines Bombay cinema's unique styles, genres and themes, tracing its roots in early photography, theatre and chromolithography and its development as a visual regime that dominates Indian popular culture.
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