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Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood

The New Independent Cinema Revolution, 1st Edition

Edited by Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram

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290 pages

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Description

This is the first edited volume on new independent Indian cinema. It aims to be a comprehensive compendium of diverse theoretical, philosophical, epistemological and practice-based perspectives, featuring contributions from multidisciplinary scholars and practitioners across the world. This edited collection features analyses of cutting-edge new independent films and is conceived to serve as a beacon to guide future explorations into the burgeoning field of new Indian Cinema studies.

Reviews

"What is most appealing about this book is that it brings Independent Indian Cinema from the periphery to the centre of academic debates as it challenges patriarchal constructs, addresses and portrays hitherto hidden topics and gives a voice to the subaltern."Bashabi Fraser, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

"A pioneering, original and sophisticated volume that carves out new terrain in Indian film studies. It rescues independent cinema in South Asia--the 'indies'--from the condescension of academic scholarship, and shows how the phenomenon of Bollywood cannot be understood without engaging with its 'other'. A wide-ranging book that looks at the 'indie' revolution and the daring with which it engages sexuality, caste, and contemporary political violence in South Asia." --Dilip Menon, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

 

Foreword:

ROSIE THOMAS

Introduction: New Independent Indian Cinema: Disciplinary Evolution and Cinematic Revolution

ASHVIN I. DEVASUNDARAM

Chapter 1: Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan: The Politics and Legacies of the New Wave Movement in Contemporary Indian Cinema

ANUJA JAIN

Chapter 2: From New Cinema to New Indie Cinema: The Story of NFDC and Film Bazaar SUDHA TIWARI

Chapter 3: Breaking Curfew, Presenting Utopia: Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider Inside the National and International Legal Framework

PRETI TANEJA

Chapter 4: Queer Radiance: Margarita with a Straw, Disability and Vision

AMY VILLAREJO

Chapter 5: Indie Crowdfunded Narratives of Commercial Surrogacy, or the Contested Bodies of Neoliberalism: Onir’s "I Am Afia" and Arpita Kumar’s Sita

ANA CRISTINA MENDES

Chapter 6: Film Festivals as Cosmopolitan Assemblages: A Case Study in Diasporic Cocreation

MONIA ACCIARI

Chapter 7: Documentary as Witness; Documentary as Counter-Narrative: The Cinema of Sanjay Kak

APARNA SHARMA

Chapter 8: DiverCity: Independent Documentary as an Alternative Narrative of the City FAIZ ULLAH, ANJALI MONTEIRO AND K.P. JAYASANKAR

 

Chapter 9: Zanjeer to Pink: The Trajectory of Amitabh Bachchan’s Angry Young/Old Man Persona from Mainstream to Indie Cinema

SWARNAVEL ESWARAN

Chapter 10: Rapping in Double Time: Gandu's Subversive Time of Liberation

ASHVIN I. DEVASUNDARAM

 

Chapter 11: Sairat’s Transgressive Femininity: Quizzing Marathi Cinema

AARTI WANI

Chapter 12: Untold Stories, Representations and Contestations: Masaan (Crematorium) and Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love)

SANGEETA DATTA

 

Chapter 13: Haobam Paban Kumar and the Cinemas of North East India

MEENAKSHI SHEDDE

 

Chapter 14: The Subaltern Screams: Migrant Workers and the Police Station as Spatio-Carceral State of Exception in Tamil film Visaranai

ASHVIN I. DEVASUNDARAM

Contributors

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Editor

Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram is Lecturer in World Cinema at Queen Mary, University of London, and author of India’s New Independent Cinema: Rise of the Hybrid (Routledge, 2016). Ashvin was on the advisory panel for BFI India on Film – part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. He is Programming Adviser and Associate Director of the UK Asian Film Festival – London (UKAFF), former Creative Director and founder of the Edinburgh Asian Film Festival (EAFF) and a BBC Academy Expert Voice in Cultural Studies and Visual Arts. Apart from several publications, including the co-edited anthology South Asian Diasporic Cinema and Theatre: Re-visiting Screen and Stage in the New Millennium (Rawat Publications, 2017), Ashvin has delivered an array of international presentations and lectures. These include keynote speeches at the Cinema For All (British Federation of Film Societies) Community Cinema Conference 2017 and the Annual Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial Lecture 2015 in London. Ashvin directed the documentary film Movies, Memories, Magic (2018) charting the London-based South Asian diaspora’s memories of cinema.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Film Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of film studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this important and evolving subject area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS017000
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
PER004030
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies