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Rendezvous with Hindi Cinema

Rendezvous with Hindi Cinema

First Edition
  • Ophélie Wiel - Film Studies teacher, Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France

December 2019 | 344 pages | SAGE Select

Indian cinema hasn’t been as much talked about worldwide since probably the first works of Satyajit Ray which were shown at the Cannes Film Festival in the 1950s-1960s. Renewed interest for the biggest film industry in the world doesn’t mean its complexity is well understood abroad or even inside India itself. Bollywood especially seems to have taken over all the other industries as if to become the only representative for Indian cinema; and Hindi cinema struggles to be known as anything else than Bollywood. Still, you’d probably have to go back to the 1970s to see, in Bombay films, such uproar and desire to give the audiences a more diverse cinema, either by renewing the song-and-dance formula, or by simply negating it. In this interview-based book, Hindi film technicians, artists and industrialists from all horizons and all age groups speak in detail about their work, and give their input on the present situation of Hindi cinema as well as its future. Whether this future will really be bright or not, one could not say; but that Hindi cinema is now living fascinating times definitely cannot be denied.


Foreword by Shabana Azmi
1. From Single Screen Theaters to Multiplexes: The Indian Divide
Jyothi Kapur Das, Producer for Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Avtar Panesar, Vice-President of International Operations at Yash Raj Films
Nazir Hossein, Exhibitor, Owner of Liberty Cinema
2. The “Bollywood” Show
Atul Mongia, Casting Director
Sneha Khanwalkar, Music Composer
Manoshi Nath and Rushi Sharma, Costume Designers
Anjum Rajabali, Scriptwriter
3. A New Generation in Mumbai
Dibakar Banerjee, Director and Producer
Mayank Shekhar, Film Critic
4. Women in the Hindi Film Industry
The Female Technicians of Hindi Cinema
Namrata Rao, Editor
Neha Parti Matiyani, Director of Photography
The Young Actresses of Hindi Cinema
Kalki Koechlin, Actress
Richa Chadha, Actress
5. Censorship and Sexuality: The Taboos of Hindi Cinema
Pankaja Thakur, Ex-CEO of the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC)
Onir, Director
Sridhar Rangayan, Director of the LGBT Film Festival ‘Kashish’ in Mumbai
6. The Forgotten Genres: Animation and Documentary
Gitanjali Rao, Director
Nishtha Jain, Documentary Filmmaker

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ISBN: 9789353286552