Filming the Line of Control
The Indo–Pak Relationship through the Cinematic Lens
Edited by Meenakshi Bharat, Nirmal Kumar
Routledge India – 2008 – 256 pages
Filming the Line of Control charts out the history of the relationship between India and Pakistan as represented in cinema, especially in light of the improved political atmosphere between the two countries. It is geared towards arriving at a better understanding of one of the most crucial political and historical relationships in the continent, a relationship that has a key role to play in world-politics and in the shaping of world-history. Part of this exciting study is the documentation of popular responses to Indian films, from both within the two countries and among the Pakistani and Indian diaspora. The motive of this has been to locate and discuss aspects that link the two sensibilities — either in divergence or in their coming together.
This book brings together scholars from across the globe, as also filmmakers and viewers on to a common platform to capture the dynamics of popular imagination. Reverberating with a unique inter-disciplinary alertness to cinematic, historical, cultural and sociological understanding, this study will interest readers throughout the world who have their eye on the burgeoning importance of the sub-continental players in the world-arena. It is a penetrating study of films that carries the thematic brunt of attempting to construct a history of Indo–Pakistan relations as reflected in cinema. This book directs our holistic attention to the unique confluence between history and film studies.
Introduction: Negotiating the border 1. Genre development in the age of markets and nationalism: The War Film Kishore Budha 2. A Line in the Sand – The India-Pakistan Border in the Films of J.P. Dutta Adrian Athique 3.Borders and Border Crossings in Main Hoon Na and Veer Zaara Rajinder Dudrah Drawn Lines 4. Meenakshi Bharat The Politics of Adaptation: Partition Literature and Films- Pinjar and 1947 Earth Meenakshi Bharat 5. Millions of Daughters of Punjab Weep Today": The Female Perspective on Partition as Reflected in Films Claudia Preckel 6. ‘Broken Memories, Incomplete Dreams’: Notes towards an ‘Authentic’ Partition Cinema Savi Munjal 7. Partitioned Memories: The Trauma of Partition in Ghatak's Films Kamayani Kaushiva Rapprochement 8. Defining the Self, Not the Other: Development of a Non-Pakistan-Centric Post-globalization National Identity in Hindi Cinema 1996-2006 Sunny Singh 9. Kaisi Sarhaden, Kaisi Majbooriyan: Two Countries, Two Enemies, One Love Story Nirmal Kumar 10. My Brother, My Enemy — Crossing the Line of Control through the Documentary lens Aparna Sharma 11. Fascist imaginaries and clandestine critiques: Young Hindi film viewers respond to Violence, Xenophobia and Love in Cross-border Romances Shakuntala Banaji Interviews 12. Interview Aijaz Gul 13. Interviews of M.S. Sathyu, Mahesh Bhatt, Javed Akhtar Tavishi Alagh. Filmography. Bibliography. Biolines
Meenakshi Bharat is Reader in English at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. She is a translator, reviewer and critic. Her special interests include children’s literature, women’s fiction and English studies — areas which she has extensively researched. She has published three books: The Ultimate Colony (2003), Desert in Bloom: Indian Women Writers of Fiction in English (2004), and the recently published edition of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss. Currently, she is engaged in translating a volume of Hindi short stories, and is also editing an anthology of Indo-Australian short stories. She has presented a number of lectures on films in several universities in Australia. At present, she is exploring diasporic responses to Indian films in the UK (as Charles Wallace Fellow), and elsewhere.
Nirmal Kumar is Reader in History at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. He has worked on gender history of the 18th century and is in the process of editing a book on Muslim identities in Hindi films. Some of his forthcoming books that he has edited are: Essays in Medieval Indian History and Essays in Early Modern History of India. He has been Associate Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla; Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Leeds; and Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society, London. He has presented many papers at national and international conferences.