1st Edition

Contemporary Marathi Cinema Space, Marginality, and Aspiration

By Hrishikesh Sudhakar Ingle Copyright 2025
    240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book provides the first comprehensive inquiry of post-millennial Marathi cinema. It explores the interconnections of textual, industrial, and cultural aspects of contemporary films to understand what constitutes the ‘new-ness’ of Marathi cinema. Establishing the vernacular particularity of Marathi cinema, the book argues that contemporary films are actively engaged in a reflexive intellectual and social critique as a mark of new-age filmmaking. In the diversity of genres and topics handled by Marathi filmmakers since 2004, this study identifies four broad affective topographies for analysis — an imagery of nostalgia underpinning the narrative strategies of Marathi films, the articulation of social aspiration as a theme as well as a societal dialectic, an experiential reflexivity in the representation of Dalit and marginal narratives, and a mediatic network of border-crossings through transnational influences on films.

    Contemporary Marathi Cinema: Space, Marginality, and Aspiration offers a critical dialogue on broad issues of film policy, multiplex economics, genre forms, queer politics, and neoliberal contexts. It will be indispensable to students and researchers of Indian cinemas, regional filmmaking, media, cultural studies, popular culture and performance, literature, and South Asian studies, and will also be of interest to filmmakers and cinephiles.

    1. Childhood, Memory, and Pastness 2. Mainstreaming Marginality 3. Aspiration and the Vernacular 4. Border-Crossings 5. Experimental Traces in a Televisual Ecology


    Hrishikesh Sudhakar Ingle teaches in the Department of Film Studies at The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India.