File spoon-archives/postcolonial.archive/postcolonial_2001/postcolonial.0107, message 53

Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 11:34:10 -0400
Subject: Re: FW: globalization and Indian film

Ashis Nandy has a good chapter on Indian films. He deals with hte
Westernization vs tradition issues pretty well. I think the chapter is in
'The Savage Freud.'
Malini J. Schueller

At 11:19 AM 7/17/01 -0400, you wrote:
>Salil and Shoshanna,
>You're right, Salil. My questions was too vague. Your response has helped
>me clarify things a bit more.  I guess I'm interested in work that might
>tackle the way the Cocacolanisation of Indian films is being reconciled (or
>not) with the rise of Hindu majoritarianism. I'm wondering how the
>traditionalism vs. Westernization binary that informs Hindutva plays itself
>out in the film industry with regards to Cocacolanisation, the increased
>emphasis on international shooting locations (film plots always seem to
>include trips to Europe or North America)  and the way the industry has
>been redirecting its films toward the NRI (Non Resident Indian) crowd. For
>instance, I just read that this summer's Bollywood blockbuster (Laggan?
>sp?) is currently in the top ten in the U.K.
>Do you know of work that examines the convergence of these influences in
>the film industry?
>At 02:52 PM 7/17/01 -0000, you wrote:
>>I'd think your friend the art critic meant Raj Kapur, not Raj Kumar. Raj 
>>Kumar was a relatively minor actor; Raj Kapur was a big film-maker.
>>The question posed by Jill is not detailed enough to offer an answer
>>Of course there is a lot of material on Indian cinema: Ashish
>>critical work, Andrew Robinson's study of Satyajit Ray, Wimal Dissanayake's 
>>dissection of Bollywood, Rajadhyaksha's monograph of Ghatak -- if 
>>globalization is to mean the impact of international cinema on Indian
>>then there's a lot of material to look at: the Indian new wave could indeed 
>>be traced to Italian neorealism and its impact; many Left-wing Indian 
>>film-makers swear by Dovzhenko and Eisenstein as their inspiration. If Jill 
>>is looking for popular cinema, Uma Vasudeva's magazine, Cinemaya should
>>a lot of material, as would Siddharth KAk's defunct magazine Cinema Vision 
>>India. If the question, however, is the Cocacolanisation of Indian films, 
>>there's little to go by: the basic plot line of a Bollywood blockbuster has 
>>not changed over the years, though there's greater sophistication and good 
>>use of cinematic techniques. And if globalization is to mean impact of 
>>Bollywood overseas, there's growing evidence of it. Many critics have seen 
>>Bollywood's influence on Moulin Rouge, the recent film starring Nicole 
>>Kidman, and Andrew Lloyd Webber is making a Bollywood-style musical on West 
>>End next year.
>>In other words, much water has flown down the Ganges (or Ganga) since 
>>1965..... whether it has been captured in academic writing/scholarly 
>>discourse, I don't know, as I don't read such publications.
>>>From: Shoshanna Scholar <>
>>>To: "''" 
>>>Subject: FW: globalization and Indian film
>>>Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 18:39:45 -0700
>>>Jill Didur -
>>>I asked an art critic friend who specializes in indian film about
>>>globalization and indian film - this was her reply:
>>>Actually, it's harder than it looks...I searched long and hard for stuff
>>>that was "critical" but also knew about contemporary Indian film. Anything
>>>of any academic stature at all stops at around 1965 with classics by Raj
>>>Kumar and the like...and then anything that deals with contemporary popular
>>>film is usually just a glib magazine article talking about how big the
>>>industry is...
>>>I want to know where all the good stuff is too!!! TX
>>>Shoshanna Scholar
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: Shoshanna Scholar
>>>Sent: Monday, July 16, 2001 6:33 PM
>>>To: Tessa Laird
>>>Subject: FW: globalization and Indian film
>>>thought you might have something to say to this lost canadian academic!
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: Jill Didur []
>>>Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 6:40 AM
>>>Subject: globalization and Indian film
>>>Hi All
>>>I'm looking for references on recent critical work examining the impact of
>>>globalization on
>>>Indian cinema. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>>>Thank you,
>>>Jill Didur.
>>>Concordia University
>>>Department of English
>>>1455 de Maisonnneuve Blvd. W.
>>>Montreal, Quebec
>>>H3G 1M8
>>>PHONE: (514) 848-2340
>>>FAX (514) 848-4501
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>Concordia University
>Department of English 
>1455 de Maisonnneuve Blvd. W.
>Montreal, Quebec 
>H3G 1M8
>PHONE: (514) 848-2340
>FAX (514) 848-4501
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