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Indian Indies
A Guide to New Independent Indian Cinema

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ISBN 9780367543747
February 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a concise and cutting-edge repository of essential information on new independent Indian films, which have orchestrated a recent renaissance in the Bollywood-dominated Indian cinema sphere.

Spotlighting a specific timeline, from the Indies’ consolidated emergence in 2010 across a decade of their development, the book takes note of recent transformations in the Indian political, economic, cultural, and social matrix and the concurrent release of unflinchingly interrogative and radically evocative films that traverse LGBTQ issues, female empowerment, caste discrimination, populist politics and religious violence.

A combination of essential Indie-specific information and concise case-studies makes this a must-have quick guide to the future torchbearers of Indian cinema for scholars, students, early career researchers, and a global audience interested in intersecting aspects of cinema, culture, politics, and society in contemporary India.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Shabana Azmi;  Introduction;  1. In the Beginning: The Birth of the New Indies;  2. Breaking Bollywood’s Bastion: Radical, Refreshing and Revolutionary Stories;  3. Confronting Censorship: Indies and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC);  4. Theoretical and Philosophical Approaches to the Indies;  5. From Multiplex to Netflix: Indie Funding, Distribution and Exhibition;  6. Essential Indies: Concise Case Studies;  Conclusion;  Appendix – List of Indian Indies

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Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram is Senior Lecturer in World Cinema at Queen Mary University of London. He is author of India's New Independent Cinema: Rise of the Hybrid (2016) and editor of Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood: The New Independent Cinema Revolution (2018). Ashvin is Associate Director of the UK Asian Film Festival – London and has directed the UK Heritage Lottery-funded documentary Movies, Memories, Magic (2018).


It’s nearly impossible to define an ‘Indian Indie’, given how many diverse regional cultures India consists of, and how many distinct languages and paradigms Indie filmmakers create in. There is arguably no other country in the world whose independent cinema is as varied in textures and fabrics and socio-cultural nuances as India’s is. It takes an unparalleled depth of insight and a tenacious spirit to attempt to bring all of these together into the pages of a single book, where one can begin to understand what makes the New Independent Indian Cinema so unique.

Devashish Makhija (director, Ajji, Bhonsle)

A pioneering work on a neglected area of India’s vibrant cinema. Ashvin Devasundaram’s timely new book is a much-needed addition to the academic studies of the world’s largest film factory. With its lively case studies and accessible writing style, the book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students interested in world cinema.

Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University